Julie Canlis lives in Wenatchee, Washington and holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. For her work on John Calvin, she won a Templeton Prize and a Christianity Today “Award of Merit.” She and her husband Matt started their family and ministered in the Church of Scotland for thirteen years. They helped found The Abbey Summer School six years ago, and she is delighted to return for another summer.

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George Guthrie will teach our Library course this year on the art and joy of hearing the New Testament. He is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. Before coming to Regent in 2018, he taught at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he served as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible and Fellow in the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies. He is a highly sought after lecturer, and has taught across North America, in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Israel. George describes his calling as helping church leaders and laypeople learn how to read the Bible well and discipling students in living their whole lives as followers of Christ.

George has published commentaries on Hebrews (Zondervan, 1998), James (Zondervan, 2006), and 2 Corinthians (Baker, 2015), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He has also published a number of works designed to equip the church to better understand and apply Scripture, including Reader’s Guide to the Bible (LifeWay, 2011), Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Daily Bible (Broadman & Holman, 2011), and Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word (Broadman & Holman, 2011). He holds both a PhD and MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

George and Pat have two grown children, Joshua and Anna.


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Malcolm Guite will give a plenary lecture and an evening public lecture as part of this year’s Abbey. He is the Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He teaches for the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge and lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature. His publications include What do Christians Believe? (Granta 2006); Faith, Hope and Poetry (Ashgate 2010, paperback 2012); Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year (Canterbury 2012); The Singing Bowl: Collected Poems (Canterbury 2013); Waiting on the Word (Canterbury 2015); and Parable and Paradox (Canterbury 2016).

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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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Heidi Johnston
Originally from Northern Ireland, Heidi spent her teenage years in Scotland, later studying law at the University of Aberdeen. Now living back in Northern Ireland she is married to Glenn, who is a schools worker in their local area. They have two daughters, Ellie and Lara. Passionate about the importance of grounding your Christian life in God's Word, Heidi is a trainer with Precept Ministries and teaches a class at Belfast Bible College on the Poetic and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. She is also a regular conference speaker and Bible study leader. Heidi is the author of Life in the Big Story, as well as a regular contributor to the Rabbit Room, a Nashville based online community of writers, artists and musicians.


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Sharon Laidlaw
I live in East Lothian, am married and a mum to two grown up boys. I was trained by the Epiphany Group in Spiritual Direction and in Contemplative Supervision. I give the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and facilitate quiet days, retreats, courses on prayer and a number of small groups. I offer Spiritual Direction both face to face and by Skype/FaceTime.
I enjoy the outdoors with the dog, as well as trips to the theatre and the opera. 


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Rosemary Hector is a writer, facilitator and Art of Hosting practitioner (hosting conversations that matter). She is a former teacher and more recently an NHS Programme Manager.

Alistair Hector is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, accredited by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. With a background in teaching Modern Languages, he is a former headmaster of an independent school in Edinburgh.


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Rachel Inglis lives in Kirkcudbright where she set up Aig Fois to offer quiet days and retreats based on the living tradition of Ignatian Spirituality. She was trained by the Epiphany Group in Spiritual Direction, giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and in Contemplative Supervision. She enjoys walking her dog, reading in the garden, with occasional gardening in the sunshine, and travelling (when she can leave her dog!). She offers spiritual direction and supervision both in her Kirkcudbright home and, when it enables, by Skype. She is a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church

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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.

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.