The way we teach at Oak Hill is guided by these words from the apostle Paul: "Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries" (1 Corinthians 4:1). Students come to Oak Hill to be entrusted with the gospel and to become faithful servants of Jesus Christ.
To achieve that, the faculty are wholeheartedly committed to being stewards of God themselves. That works itself out in two ways. Faculty members are passionate about the content of what they teach, that their theology and application is biblically true and trustworthy. And they are also committed to being excellent teachers, so they can show students how to excel as teachers of God's people themselves.
Brad Bitner, Oak Hill's Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment, works to support the enhancement of teaching at Oak Hill. He says: "We believe there is a unique value in face to face residential training, especially when you have a faculty which is experienced in ministry, and also practises teaching as a craft. We're here not just to download information, but to engage with our students. After all, we're working with students who are not only highly motivated, but often highly prepared, with a good range of ministry experience. In that sense, the teacher often becomes the taught, making Oak Hill a genuine community of teaching and learning."
Part of our commitment to teaching excellence is peer-to-peer review, where faculty members sit in on each other's lectures and offer critical feedback.
Dan Strange, Oak Hill's Acting Principal, says: "We've worked hard to strike the best balance of gifts and experience in our faculty. What we have now is a team of people who are not only gifted in their expertise and knowledge, but who are also servant-hearted. They are fully behind the fact that we're training people for vocational ministry."
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Our new booklet and video, The Best Possible Gift, focuses on the importance of theological education for the health of the church