Two new strategic roles at Oak Hill
Dan Strange writes: I am delighted to announce two new positions at Oak Hill, both of which are significant and strategic steps in our development and growth as a college.
We're thrilled that the Rev. Chris Stead (pictured above left) has been appointed as the inaugural Mike Ovey Fellow, beginning in September 2018. The Mike Ovey Fellowship was established in the weeks following Mike's death, given his passionate plea in recent years that we train the next generation of theological educators. Chris trained at Oak Hill after several years practising as a barrister. He is currently finishing a curacy at Grace Church, Highlands, as well as being a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill.
We are also excited to announce that the Rev. Dr Andrew Nicholls (pictured above right) has been appointed as Director of Pastoral Care, a role he will take up in September 2018. This is a new and important strategic role to oversee and model pastoral care within our college community. Our residential model of living and learning in community means we have a unique context in which leaders in training can be formed and transformed with the gospel in preparation for a lifetime of serving others. Andrew will play a central role in directing this care.
Graduation day at Oak Hill
Dan Strange gives his Acting Principal's Report on Oak Hill's graduation day.
Our graduation day is always one of the most important events in our college calender, and certainly our most public. Saturday was no different as a full lecture theatre witnessed last year's student cohort receiving their hard-earned awards. Our graduation ceremony is always a little different from graduation ceremonies you may have attended before. There is fair amount of formality, local dignitaries are in attendance, and there are some fabulous gowns on show. But the singing is loud and heartfelt, and the gospel is always proclaimed in bold and challenging ways.
It's probably breaking etiquette, but this year there were handshakes, hugs and kisses as the graduands received their awards. Given the year we've had as a college, it was an especially poignant time, and I thought it appropriate to share what I said in my Acting Principal's Report.