Team Biographies

Michael Ramsden

Michael Ramsden is the International Director for RZIM and has been part of the organisation since its foundation in Europe in 1997. He is joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

Michael was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellor’s department investing funds. While doing research in Law and Economics at Sheffield University, he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar for Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has also been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre in Switzerland.

Michael has been invited to lecture in various settings including the White House in Washington DC and has in the past addressed leaders at NATO HQ in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament, as well as bankers and investment managers on the recent global financial crisis. Michael is also involved in a number of initiatives to equip and train emerging leaders and evangelists throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael lives in Oxford with his wife, Anne, and their three children.

Amy Orr-Ewing

Amy is a passionate exponent of a rational Christian response to many of the pressing cultural issues of the day, bringing her formidable theological knowledge to bear on a wide variety of subjects.

She gained a first class degree in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford University, before receiving a Master’s in Theology from King’s College London. She has just completed her Doctoral Thesis at Oxford University looking at ‘The Apologetic Value of Theological Truth through Story and Pattern in the Work of Dorothy L Sayers’.

Amy has written two books exploring key questions in apologetics: Why Trust the Bible? and But Is It Real?. Her most recent publication is Millennials, which she co-authored with her husband Frog. They have also published Holy Warriors: A Fresh Look at the Face of Extreme Islam and Deep. She has contributed to the books Beyond Opinion, God and the Generations and Worth Knowing: Wisdom for Women.

Amy speaks and lectures on Christian Apologetics worldwide, at events such as Keswick and Alpha International, and on University campuses including Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna, and Hong Kong. Amy has been invited to speak in the White House, and on Capitol Hill, as well as the Speakers Rooms in the UK Parliament.  Amy and her husband Frog lead a church in Buckinghamshire called Latimer Minster, which they planted in 2010.

 

Areas of interest:  the nature of truth, identity, rational defence of Christianity, historicity of the Bible, New Testament history, ethical dilemmas, tolerance, evil, suffering, friendship, human trafficking.

Amy has made various appearances on national television in the UK  including appearances on BBC  Television (Blue Peter and Songs of Praise) and television networks in the USA. She is increasingly called upon to comment on a variety of topics relating to the Christian faith on radio interviews both across the UK and worldwide.  She has contributed to various discussions including the BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief.

Dr Tanya Walker

Tanya Walker is the Dean of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and an Apologist for RZIM (Zacharias Trust).  Having completed her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford University, Tanya worked in various political roles before returning to postgraduate research.  She holds an MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures, and a Political Science PhD.  Tanya speaks internationally as an apologist, as well as raising up future leaders and apologists through the OCCA and broader training events.

Her areas of interest include: the rationality of faith, questions of suffering; generational psychological trends and the questions of contemporary culture; faith in the public sphere; the intersection of missional communities, the Gospel of the Kingdom, and unreached people groups; and the devotional life.  Tanya is married to Toby and they have two young children. They are based in Oxford.

Frog Orr-Ewing

Frog Orr-Ewing is the Chaplain at the OCCA and Associate Tutor at Wycliffe Hall. He became the youngest incumbent in the country as vicar of All Saints Church in Peckham after a curacy at St Aldates Church in Oxford. Despite Peckham’s many challenges, over seven years the congregation witnessed marked growth and breakthroughs in community engagement and mission, and now numbers several hundred with youth and childrens activities to about 1000 children in the local area.

Frog and Amy were sent with the Blessing of the Peckham congregation on Pentecost in May 2010 to plant Latimer Minster.

Professor John Lennox

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, as well as being a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

Professor Lennox has spoken at many universities, conferences and churches around the world on the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology. He has also debated a number of prominent atheists, including Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer.

Professor Lennox has written many articles and books on both mathematics and Christian apologetics. The latter include Against the Flow: The Life and Witness of Daniel, Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? and God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it anyway? His teaching for the OCCA includes material on New Atheism, Ethics, the Bible, and Science and Religion.

Visit John’s website at www.johnlennox.org

Dr Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and RZIM Apologist. Originally from a scientific background, she has a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK and the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA. Sharon is an OCCA Alumna, and graduated from OCCA in 2005 during its founding year. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts across the UK, including the 2014 Veritas Forum at the University of Oxford.

Sharon has also appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, Justin Brierley’s programme, ‘Unbelieveable’, on Premier Christian Radio, and BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding. Her topics of interest focus on the interaction of belief in God with Science, and with the problem of evil and suffering.  Her recent book, Why?: Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering, won the prize for best book at the 2014 Speaking Volumes UK Christian Book Awards (presented by Pam Rhodes). Why? interweaves the stories of people who have suffered, with a practical look at some ‘Why?’ questions on suffering. Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children.

Tom Price

Tom Price is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and an apologist for RZIM. He studied Philosophy at university and later completed an MA in Christian Apologetics.

In recent years Tom has spoken at universities and churches in Hong Kong, Europe, South Africa, USA and other places across the world. In the UK, he has provided teaching for major conferences such as Keswick, Spring Harvest and BMS Catalyst. He lectures for HTB School of Theology and is regularly involved in outreach alongside OICCU and other Christian Unions. Additionally, Tom has written for various media outlets and has appeared on Premier Christian Radio’s ‘Unbelievable?’.

Tom was previously the Founding Editor of UCCF’s website bethinking.org. Tom is interested in worldview, culture, theology, missiology, apologetics and philosophy of religion broadly. He is passionate about mission that engages with where people really are and the serious questions and objections they have about religious beliefs. Tom is married to Caroline, has young children, and they live in Oxford.

Dr Max Baker-Hytch

Max joined the OCCA as Senior Tutor in 2016 having completed a D.Phil. in Philosophy at Oxford University in 2014 with a dissertation which examined the philosophical implications of recent accounts of the causal origins of religious belief. He subsequently went on to hold a postdoctoral research fellowship at Oxford as part of the Templeton-funded ‘New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology’ project. He then held a research fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion, before returning to Oxford. Max’s research interests lie at the intersection of analytic philosophy of religion and epistemology, and he has published on such topics as divine hiddenness, religious diversity, etiological challenges to moral and religious beliefs, the nature of rationality and knowledge, and methodological issues concerning the emerging field of analytic theology.

Publications

Recent Research Articles and Chapters

  • Forthcoming. “Epistemic Externalism in the Philosophy of Religion”. Philosophy Compass
  • Forthcoming. “Testimony amidst Diversity”. In Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights in
    Religious Epistemology, edited by Matthew Benton, John Hawthorne, and
    Dani Rabinowitz. Oxford University Press.
  • 2016. “Mutual Epistemic Dependence and the Demographic Divine Hiddenness Problem”.
    Religious Studies 52 (3): 375-394.
  • 2016. “Analytic Theology and Analytic Philosophy of Religion: What’s the Difference?”.
    Journal of Analytic Theology 4: 347-361.
  • 2015. “Defeatism Defeated”. (Co-authored with Matthew Benton).
    Philosophical Perspectives 29 (1): 40-66.
  • 2014. “Religious Diversity and Epistemic Luck”.
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76: 171-91.

 

Further Links

For a full list of Dr Baker-Hytch’s publications, including article and other brief pieces, please see his CV, which is listed on his Academia.edu page.

Downloadable versions of several of Max’s published papers are available at PhilPapers

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards is the UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust and Assistant Chaplain of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He holds separate degrees in law and economics and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Queensland, Australia.

He has also completed postgraduate studies in theology at the University of Oxford. Simon brings with him a diverse range of Christian ministry, legal, government and teaching experience. Prior to joining RZIM, Simon lived and worked in Australia as a lawyer, specialising in private practice in commercial law and in government practice in constitutional law. He also worked for two years in a secondary school as a religious education teacher. Simon is a gifted communicator, speaking regularly at evangelistic and apologetic training events in universities, schools, churches and workplaces both in the UK and abroad. He has also been invited to speak on a number of BBC Radio programs regarding the evidence for the Christian faith, particularly from his perspective as a lawyer.

Simon’s areas of interest include evidence for the resurrection, historicity of the Bible, faith and reason, epistemology, tolerance, the nature of truth, suffering, miracles and ethics. Simon is married to Natasha, who is part of the leadership team at Latimer Minster, a missional Church of England church situated between London and Oxford. Simon and Natasha live in High Wycombe with their two young children, Grace and Jonathan.

Rev Dr Keith Small

Originally from a ministry background, over the last 20 years Keith has been speaking to churches, university students, community lecture events, and at various training conferences in Europe and the USA concerning Muslim-Christian relations. Keith has a PhD in Islamics and New Testament Studies for his work comparing features of ancient Qur’an and New Testament manuscripts.

Keith is a Manuscript Consultant to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, and is also an Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology. Keith has given various lectures concerning Islam, the Bible and the Qur’an in the OCCA over the last 6 years.

Keith’s pioneering academic book, Textual Criticism and Qur’an Manuscripts (Lexington Books, 2011), is the first book-length application to Qur’an manuscripts of textual criticism techniques used in Biblical studies and ancient Western literature. This research provides Keith with a platform for interaction at international academic Qur’anic studies conferences and with Muslim and secular Qur’an scholars from around the world. The work also has direct applications for Christian apologetics for affirming the historic textual integrity of the New Testament.

Dr Os Guinness

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for TruthLong Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s SuicideThe Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, though he still lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington DC area.

Ravi Zacharias

“I promise I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.”

When former skeptic and seventeen-year-old Ravi Zacharias heard the words of Jesus in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live,” the trajectory of his life changed forever. In a time of helplessness and unbelief—when he was on a bed of suicide—the truth of Scripture brought hope to Zacharias, and he committed his life to Christ, promising, “I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.” Earlier in John 14, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This verse has become the cornerstone of Zacharias’ ultimate mission as a Christian apologist and evangelist: to present and defend the truth of Jesus Christ that others may find life in Him.

At age 71 he remains committed to his calling to represent the gospel of Jesus Christ through historical, philosophical, and moral foundations and to defend it against objectors with grace, clarity, and coherency. He has laid the framework of the truth of the gospel to millions of people in more than 70 countries, including on the campuses of some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

As Zacharias began speaking at churches and conferences and participating in open forums on university campuses worldwide, he noticed a significant need for ministry in the area of Christian apologetics—both in leading nonbelievers to Christ as well as in training and equipping Christian leaders to effectively share the gospel. This need led Zacharias to found Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in 1984, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, until relocating to Atlanta in 1985, to reach and challenge those who shape culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2017, his vision to establish an apologetics training center in the United States with global reach was realized with the launch of the Zacharias Institute in Atlanta.

RZIM has fifteen offices throughout the world in the United States, Canada, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and the Middle East. Through its global team of speakers and more than 200 employees worldwide, RZIM seeks to impact the heart and intellect of society’s thinkers and influencers through:

  • Evangelism: RZIM shares the gospel through its global team of over 80 speakers and experts as well as its radio and television programs, podcasts, and publications that reach listeners and readers around the world.
  • Apologetics: A team of evangelists and trained RZIM speakers participate in open forums, speaking engagements, panels, and debates to answer objections to Christianity with gentleness and respect.
  • Spiritual Disciplines: RZIM strives to model and build Christ-like character through our books, group studies, and biblical resources.
  • Training: RZIM hosts a range of programs and courses in the US, UK, India, Singapore, and online, which are designed to instruct and equip all who desire to effectively contend for the Christian worldview.
  • Humanitarian Support: RZIM’s humanitarian arm, Wellspring International, identifies and financially equips existing organizations aiding women and children at risk and provides individual scholarships to support education, healthcare, and basic living needs.

Zacharias has spent the past 45 years commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny with eloquence and grace. He fully believes the truth of Jesus Christ can endure the toughest critiques and philosophical attacks. He has authored or edited over 25 books in the fields of theology, apologetics, comparative religion, and philosophy. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have been married for 45 years and have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.

 


 

Updated December 3, 2017

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Rev Professor Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is the Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He was the Founding President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). His previous posts include being Professor of Theology and Education at King’s College, London, and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University.

McGrath gained first class honours from Oxford University in Chemistry (1975) and first class honours in Theology (1978). He holds an Oxford DPhil (1978) for his research in molecular biology, a DD from Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology for his work in historical and systematic theology (2001), and a DLitt from Oxford University’s Division of Humanities for his research in science and religion (2013). He was elected FRSA in 2005, in recognition of his work as a public intellectual. A former atheist, he has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity, as well as one of the world’s most respected Christian theologians. His many books include a new highly acclaimed biography of CS Lewis, a series of market-leading textbooks in Christian theology, and some best-selling books engaging with the “New Atheism”.

Visit Alister’s website at www.users.ox.ac.uk/~mcgrath