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.
Appointment of Tutor in Systematic Theology and Church History
We are very pleased to announce a new faculty appointment at Oak Hill. Dr Matthew Bingham, subject to visa approval, has been appointed as Tutor in Systematic Theology and Church History.
After completing undergraduate studies at UCLA, and then an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary, Matthew was Senior Pastor at Flint Reformed Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, from 2009-14. For the last four years he has been in Belfast completing a PhD in Church History at Queen's University under Prof. Crawford Gribben, and subsequently working as a ministry associate in a local church. Matthew is married to Shelley with three young children.
College Director Dan Strange writes: 'We are thrilled that Matthew has been appointed to this crucial faculty post. He comes to us highly recommended both in terms of academic excellence and pastoral wisdom. Even in the short time we have spent with him, we have immediately recognised someone who is a gifted communicator and teacher. We are confident that in our goal to form ministers of the gospel, Matthew will be able to inspire students in his illumination and application of church history and doctrine.'