Teaching Staff

Meet our teaching staff below.

Neil Thorogood

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 23
Email: contact via our Tutorial Office to admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Neil became Principal of Westminster College in January, 2014, having previously served as Westminster’s Director of Pastoral Studies since 2005.

Church Background
He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church in 1992, serving pastorates in West Yorkshire and Hertfordshire before coming to Cambridge.

Training History
Neil completed ordination training at Mansfield College, Oxford. He completed his MA in Missiology at Northern College, Manchester.

Particular Responsibilities
Neil’s responsibilities include the good running of the college and the building up of its community and the campus with its partners. With other heads of Cambridge Theological Federation institutions he shares oversight of the Federation’s life and work. He works alongside others across the URC in educational and learning provision. His teaching focuses around pastoral theology, the practice of ministry and theology and the visual arts.

Research/Other Interests
Neil is active as an artist. He writes liturgical material.

Publications
Most recently, the URC is publishing a series of charcoal drawings and meditations he has produced based upon the liturgical year.

Sam White

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 21

Email: contact via our Tutorial Office to admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Samantha (Sam) has been Director of Pastoral and Church Programmes since July 2014.

Church Background
She was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church in 2006 and has experience in pastoral ministry and hospital chaplaincy.

Training History
She was trained in the Cambridge Theological Federation and holds an MA in Pastoral Theology from Anglia Ruskin University.

Particular Responsibilities
She teaches and supervises in the field of Pastoral Theology within Cambridge Theological Federation and also leads Westminster’s context-based Living Ministry Programme. She has a remit to develop Westminster as place of learning for lay and ordained in the United Reformed Church.

 

Yak-hwee Tan

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 27

Email: contact via our Tutorial Office to admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Yak-hwee Tan has been our Tutor for New Testament Studies since August 2015.

Church Background
Yak-hwee is an ordained minister from the Presbyterian Church in Singapore and has worked many years in the pastorate in Singapore prior her teaching position.

Training History
Yak-hwee received her Ph.D. in religion with an emphasis in New Testament from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She used to work as Programme Secretary for Reflection and Research of Council for World Mission (CWM). Her teaching experience includes Trinity Theological College, Singapore and Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan.

Research/Other Interests
Her academic interests are in Johannine Literature, Biblical Theology, Asian hermeneutics and postcolonial studies.

Publications
She has published several papers on globalization and social location in the light of contemporary issues.

Alison Gray

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 25

Email: contact via our Tutorial Office to admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Alison Gray joined Westminster in July 2016 as Tutor in Old Testament Language, Literature & Theology.

Church Background
Alison was brought up in the URC and then a joint URC / Methodist Church. For seven years she was involved in parish ministry in Hertfordshire with her husband Brett, an ordained Anglican minister, before moving to Cambridge in 2011. She has been on the staff of the Cambridge Theological Federation since 2014 as Director of Studies and Tutor in Old Testament at Westcott House, and is delighted to be returning to the URC to serve at Westminster.

Training History
Alison studied Theology at Cambridge University, where she completed her BA, before training to be a secondary school teacher in R.E. She later returned to Cambridge to complete her MPhil in Old Testament and PhD (on Hebrew metaphors in the Psalms).

Particular Responsibilities
Alison teaches and supervises in the fields of Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Interpretation in the Cambridge Theological Federation and the University of Cambridge at all levels from beginners through to PhD. She is Director of Studies for Westminster students undertaking Cambridge University awards.

Research/Other Interests
Alison’s research interests include the Theology of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Semantics of Ancient Hebrew, Reception History of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Book of Psalms, and Metaphor in Bible translation and interpretation.

Publications
‘g’l’ in H.-J. Fabry and U. Dahmen (eds.), Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten 1 (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2011), pp. 556-559.
Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor (Biblical Interpretation Series 127; Leiden: Brill, 2014).
‘pdh’ in H.-J. Fabry and U. Dahmen (eds.), Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten 3 (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2016).
‘Reception of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible’ in J. Barton (ed.), The Old Testament: A Princeton Guide (Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2016).
(Forthcoming) ‘Reflections on the Meaning(s) of ‘yr in the Hebrew Bible’ for H. Marlow and J. Aitken (eds.), The City in the Hebrew Bible (LHBOTS, 2016).

Peter Ball

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 26

Email: contact directly via pb694@cam.ac.uk

Peter Ball joined Westminster in August 2017 as Director of Church Resource Development.

Church Background
Peter previously had pastorates at Sawston Free Church, Little Abingdon and St John’s URC Ipswich  and from 2008 Mission & training Officer for Eastern Synod.

Training History
Peter trained at Westminster College Cambridge (1991-94) and has an MA in Pastoral Theology from Anglia Ruskin University (2005).

Particular Responsibilities
Peter will play his part in the teaching and community life of the college but his main emphasis will be giving a lead in Westminster’s wider remit of being one of the Resource Centres for Learning of the United Reformed Church. He will aim to work closely with Training and Mission Officers and other networks and is a part of the steering group for the Walking the Way initiative.

Research/Other Interests
Fresh Expressions of Church, community engagement and Pioneering Ministries.

Publications
Within Eastern Synod a series of seven focus booklets on different aspects of church life. For the wider church “Embracing Eldership” with Ruth Whitehead and “A Time to Die” looking at various scenarios of dying and bereavement.

 

Robert Pope

Direct Office Line: 01223 33 06 22

Email: contact directly via rpp20@cam.ac.uk

Robert Pope joined Westminster in August 2017 as Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine.