Rev Principal W Gordon Campbell
Gordon began working life as a modern languages teacher. Following theological studies at Union, …View all articles
Union College Faculty is delighted to welcome several new colleagues to the team.
Rev Dave Leach has begun work, this summer, as Professor of Ministry and Director of the Institute for Ministry. This new, non-academic role has strategic importance for Union College and for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. As Director of the Institute for Ministry, the Professor of Ministry will lead the Institute’s development as a training hub for the College and for the Church and as a centre of excellence in the service of ministerial formation and of ministry generally.
David says: “I am looking forward to walking with ministry students through the whole process of application, acceptance, study, licensing and ordination, seeking to be an encourager in faithful, consistent and God-honouring gospel-ministry.”
After almost a decade as a primary school teacher in East Belfast, David studied Theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and Union Theological College Belfast. Following previous service as assistant and later associate minister in Hamilton Road Presbyterian, Bangor, David was until summer 2021 minister of Union Road, Magherafelt, and Lecumpher congregations. David is married to Julie and they have three children: Amy, Andrew and Rosie.
Dr Olwyn Mark is about to inaugurate an academic post as Lecturer in Practical Theology. In Olwyn’s teaching and writing thus far, particular emphases have included ethics and engagement with contemporary culture from a faith perspective - notably in her role as a visiting lecturer and research fellow at London School of Theology, where Olwyn completed her PhD (2015) on a moral vision for relationships and sex education. She subsequently undertook a post-doctoral research project, exploring the passing on of faith in the home. Olywn joins the team at Union from the charity Love for Life, where she has been Head of Research and Strategic Partnerships since 2017.
Olwyn says: “I am excited to be joining the Faculty at this significant juncture in its life and ministry. It is a privilege to be part of a dedicated and growing team, committed to providing high-quality theological education and innovative and relevant research that serves the mission of the church and contributes to the flourishing of wider society.”
Olwyn is a member of Hill Street Presbyterian congregation, in Lurgan.
Dr Robbie Booth will soon take up an academic post as Lecturer in New Testament, building on the valuable contribution made to the College’s ministry by Dr Zach Cole. In May 2021, Robbie graduated with his PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The focus for his research was the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24-25 and, particularly, how Jesus deals in turn with each of the disciples’ questions.
One of Robbie’s loves is Biblical Greek: he is therefore especially appreciative of the opportunities afforded by Union’s expanding provision of study opportunities in the biblical languages, and is looking forward to getting involved in teaching Greek to students.
Robbie and his wife Robyn both have previous experience of life in Europe, growing up in Baptist mission contexts in Hungary and Russia respectively, as well as in Canada. They have two young sons, Asher and Emmett. As a family, they are excited about relocating to N. Ireland.