Mark Pickles to be new Director of North West Partnership
Dan Strange, College Director of Oak Hill, writes:
We are delighted to announce that from the end of this academic year, Mark Pickles will become the new Director of the North West Partnership. Given Mark's great contribution here, we are very sorry to see him leave. But we are excited about his new appointment, which will strengthen Oak Hill's relationship with training in the north-west.
We are also delighted to announce that Johnny Juckes will be teaching the Gospel Driven Leadership module, bringing his 30+ years of ministry experience to the programme. In addition, the Revd Dave Walker will be involved in teaching Anglican Ministry. Dave is Vicar of Christ Church North Finchley, and previously graduated with an MTh from Oak Hill in 2007.
Tribute to David Wheaton
A personal reflection on the life and ministry of David Wheaton, former Prinicpal of Oak Hill, from Mike Butterworth, who was a colleague of David's at Oak Hill from 1980, and a friend to the end.
One of my first memories of David is of his responding to a request to move furniture after a meal in the dining room, and that was typical of our loved and respected Principal. Other scenes include: his leading small groups of people from college to do a church weekend mission; a how's-it-going walk soon after I'd started at the college; his leading daily morning prayers with domestic staff; his response to a personal criticism (to my mind unjustified, subjective and rude) from a colleague: 'Thank you... for those observations.'
The qualities that characterized David and that are mentioned frequently in email and FaceBook notes include humility, integrity, graciousness, encouragement and kindness in other words, those things which are at the heart of true Christian love.