Revd Dr Garry Williams

Director, Pastors’ Academy


Garry oversees the work of the Academy and teaches on the doctrine study days, the master’s course, and the PhD programme. He also supervises pastors who work on doctrinal topics for their study projects. He is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Michigan). He serves as an ordained elder at ChristChurch, Harpenden.

Garry’s long-term project is to publish a biblical, historical, and systematic study of the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. He has published chapters and articles that will form part of this longer work, and has authored several books including His Love Endures For Ever: Reflections on the Love of God (IVP, Crossway) and Silent Witnesses: Lessons on Theology, Life, and the Church from Christians of the Past (Banner of Truth).

Revd Dr John Benton

Director of Pastoral Support


John’s work has several strands. Within the Academy, John complements our theological work with pastors by providing them with pastoral support. He meets one-to-one with pastors and speaks to many groups of pastors. Find out more about the work John does for us.

John also preaches around the UK, speaking (with his wife Ann) on areas including marriage, parenting and family life, and helping to build up smaller churches and encourage their members.

John was a pastor for 35 years, and has deep experience of local church life. In addition, he is the longstanding editor of Evangelicals Now, a monthly newspaper, and has written books including The Lion’s Honey: Grace for Flawed Christian Leaders (Darlington: EP books, 2016) and Christians in a PC World: Facing the Challenge of Political Correctness (Darlington: EP books, 2013); At the Cross: Big Deals Outside the City (Darlington: EP books, 2011) and Why Join a Small Church? (Fearn: Christian Focus, 2008).


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