Iain Provan will teach our Library course this year on reading and preaching Genesis. He is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, where he has taught since 1997. Prior to that he taught at the University of Edinburgh from 1989-1997, as well as at the University of Wales and King’s College London. Iain was born and educated in the UK, concluding his formal education with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He has written a number of books within the discipline of biblical studies and reaching beyond that discipline, including Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World That Never Was (2013), Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (2014 - for reviews of the book, including one by John Walton, see HERE) and The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture (2017), all published by Baylor University Press. Iain writes and speaks not just as an academic, but as one deeply concerned that the Old Testament would continue to shape and form God’s people for wise living—with God, with others, and with God’s world. Iain is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, he and his wife Lynnette have four adult children, and his main hobby is fly-fishing.

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Iwan Russell-Jones will give the plenary lectures of this year’s Chapterhouse. Iwan joined the faculty at Regent College in 2011 after a long career in broadcasting. In 2013, he became the first incumbent of the newly formed Eugene and Jan Peterson Chair in Theology and the Arts. Iwan studied at London School of Theology and the University of Aberdeen before completing his doctorate at Oxford University on the relationship between faith and politics in the Leveller pamphleteers of the English Revolution. He joined the BBC in 1984 and has many years of experience as a producer and director, making programmes on all kinds of subjects for both television and radio. For four years in the 1990s, he taught at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, exploring the interaction between faith, media, and contemporary culture. Last year, with the help of a team of students from Regent College he made a film called Making Peace with Creation (2016) presented by the poet, theologian and activist, Loren Wilkinson. 

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Sharon Jebb Smith will also give a plenary lecture at this year's Chapterhouse.  Sharon is a freelance lecturer, and speaker on literature, theology and Christian spirituality. She received her doctorate in literature and theology from the University of St Andrews, and has a Master’s from Regent College, Vancouver and an undergraduate degree in English from Queen’s University, Belfast. In her teaching and writing, she enjoys delving deeply into the two disciplines and find that exploring literature (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a very powerful way to facilitate thought and learning. She is the author of Writing God and the Self: Samuel Beckett and C.S. Lewis (Wipf & Stock, 2011). Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sharon is currently based in Aberdeen, but commutes to work, sometimes as far as Regent College, Vancouver. She is one of the main drivers behind The Abbey Summer School, which she set up along with her husband George. Visit her website and hear her lecture Of Mirth and Misery.

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Philip Archer has been Principal of the School for more than 20 years and oversees all teaching, management and administration. Philip studied fine art at Cardiff College of Art, Sheffield College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, and is a past president of Visual Arts Scotland. Philip is also a painter, specialising in oil pastel, and he concentrates on exhibiting in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. A major theme of his work is the rural terrace, the space between the outside and inside, exploring the safe and familiar home and the unfamiliar wilderness beyond. His paintings are constructed landscapes, inspired to some extent by Edward Hopper. 
 

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Crystal Cryer originally hails from Oregon but now claims Scotland as home. She is the National Coordinator for 24-7 Prayer Scotland and loves being part of the wild, contagious and life-transforming movement that is 24-7 Prayer. She is also part of the Prayer Spaces in Schools Scotland team as well as the Central Church family in Edinburgh, where she is based. Crystal loves hospitality, cooking, talking about prayer, the history of Celtic Christianity, all things Nature, reading and all things creative.

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Kelsey Johnston studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with a BA in Performance Costume. She would describe herself as a multi disciplinary maker; as at home with a pair of pliers and roll of wire as she is with a paintbrush, and always looking to echo that joy of creation she sees in the world around her.

 

 

     

 

 

Graham Pritz-Bennett is an independent filmmaker interested in exploring the human condition and challenging cultural presumptions using Southern Gothic and comedic elements. Alongside filmmaking, Graham has volunteered with several organizations working with the homeless, drug addicted, and sex offenders. He worked full-time as a Mental Health Worker in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada.

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Margaret Stein studied Art and Theology, and has been influenced by Ignatian Spirituality. She believes colours are a wonderful gift from God, and probably influence us far more than we realise.

 
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Julie Taylor joined Wycliffe Bible Translators (SIL International) in 1991 after being principal 1st Violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She continues to head up SIL's ethnoarts and anthropology activities in Africa, and has held over 70 workshops and training events across the continent in addition to lecturing at Daystar University (Nairobi). She is currently adjunct faculty for universities in USA, UK and Moldova, has a PhD in Ethnomusicology (University of Edinburgh), MA in Intercultural Studies, Missiology and Ethnomusicology (Wheaton College, IL, USA) and is a gold medal graduate of the Royal College of Music (London). She relocated to Edinburgh in 2012, and combines her SIL roles with chairing the missions team and mentoring at her church (P's & G's), contributing to various publications including The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (2016), cycling, drinking coffee and teasing her African cat.

 
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Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, where he has taught since 1997. Prior that that he taught at the University of Edinburgh from 1989-1997, as well as the University of Wales and King’s College London.  His most recent publications are The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture (2017)Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was (2013), and Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (2014). He has also written commentaries on 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs, and A Biblical History of Israel, co-authored with Phil Long and Tremper Longman. Iain is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, and he and his wife Lynette have four adult children. He is also a qualified Provincial B Licence soccer coach (Canada), an ARA-certified rowing coach (UK), and a keen fly fisherman. Visit his Regent faculty page.

Matt Canlis is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee. Previously he was the minister at Methlick Church, Aberdeenshire, for six years. Matt has his M.Lit. in Theology from the University of St. Andrew’s, his M.Div. from Regent College, and his B.A. in History from the University of Washington. Matt grew up in Seattle, washing dishes at his family restaurant and listening to his father teach John’s Gospel to business people in an upstairs room. He married his childhood sweetheart Julie and is now the father of four children. Matt serves as our Summer School Chaplain.

Julie Canlis currently teaches at Whitworth University in their theology MA program. She received a Ph.D. in Theology (University of St Andrews), a Masters of Christian Studies (emphasis in Spiritual Theology, Regent College), and has a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas (University of Washington). Julie wrote her doctoral dissertation in Scotland, a work published as Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension (Eerdmans, 2010), which grapples with Calvin’s vision for the way humanity ‘becomes itself’ by participating in Christ. It won the Templeton Prize for Theological Promise in 2007 and the Christianity Today Award of Merit for Theology in 2011. She is married to Matt, stays at home with their four children, and teaches Sunday School for 6-8 year olds. She is committed to slow food and slow church.

 

 
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Sharon Jebb Smith is a freelance lecturer, and speaker on literature, theology and Christian spirituality. She received her doctorate in literature and theology from the University of St Andrews, and has a Master’s from Regent College, Vancouver and an undergraduate degree in English from Queen’s University, Belfast. In her teaching and writing, she enjoys delving deeply into the two disciplines and find that exploring literature (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a very powerful way to facilitate thought and learning. She is the author of Writing God and the Self: Samuel Beckett and C.S. Lewis (Wipf & Stock, 2011). Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sharon is currently based in Aberdeen, but commutes to work, sometimes as far as Regent College, Vancouver. She is one of the main drivers behind The Abbey Summer School, which she set up along with her husband George. Visit her website and hear her lecture Of Mirth and Misery.

 

Adrian Armstrong is Head of Bible Engagement for the Scottish Bible Society, and his great passion is for the people of Scotland to hear, read, experience and respond to the word of God. He read Business Studies and Law at the University of Edinburgh, and pursued a career in the corporate world following graduation, working for an international Bank. Adrian left banking to pursue theological education, obtaining an MDiv and ThM from Regent College, Vancouver. He is on the leadership team of Bellevue Chapel, Edinburgh and lives in the city with his wife Karen, and two children Alasdair and Kate.  He loves to walk and cycle, pausing to read, drink coffee and eat good food along the way. 

 

Sonia Brown is the administrative coordinator for the Abbey. Sonia and her husband, Gordon, and their two sons live in Edinburgh. Prior to moving to Edinburgh last year, Sonia worked as a Land Agent, managing traditional sporting estates in the Scottish Highlands. Sonia has an MLE in Rural Surveying and Property Management (2011) and an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development (2004), both from the University of Aberdeen. She also has an MA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews and a Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, Canada where she and Gordon lived and worked 2005-10, with a break spent in 2007-08 living and working with the Christian conservation organisation A Rocha in the Algarve, Portugal.