Meet the Faculty
Knowledge, Experience and PASSION
The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics doesn't simply offer courses that are taught by theologians, philosophers, apologists, sociologists and scientists - notable experts in their respective fields. The OCCA offers you the opportunity to learn directly from the cutting edge, from people who are currently engaged in apologetics and evangelism.
President - Rev Professor Alister McGrath
Alister McGrath holds the Chair in Theology and Education at King's College, London. He is also President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. For many years, Professor McGrath was Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University.
He holds first class honours degrees in both Chemistry and Theology, was awarded a DPhil for his research in the natural sciences, and earned a Doctor of...Find out more about Alister McGrath
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ravi Zacharias - Dr Ravi Zacharias
Ravi Zacharias is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of RZIM and Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has been conferred a Doctor of Divinity degree from both Houghton College and Tyndale College and Seminary, Toronto, and a Doctor of Laws degree from Ashbury College, Kentucky.
Dr Zacharias has spoken in over fifty countries and in numerous universities, notably Harvard,...Find out more about Ravi Zacharias
Adjunct Professor John Lennox
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, a Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He studied at Cambridge from which he holds the degrees of MA and PhD and was subsequently Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of Wales where he was awarded a DSc.
He also holds an MA in Bioethics. Professor Lennox is interested in the interface of Science,...Find out more about John Lennox
Senior Fellow of the OCCA - Dr Os Guinness
Os Guinness is an author, a social critic, and a Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York. He is a co-founder of the Trinity Forum and served as Senior Fellow from 1991 until 2004. Os directed the first seven Trinity Forum seminar curricula and is currently one of the Senior Faculty members of the Trinity Forum Academy. He is a regular speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Great-great grandson of Arthur...Find out more about Os Guinness
Director - Michael Ramsden
Michael Ramsden has been European Director of RZIM Zacharias Trust since its foundation in 1997 and is Joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is also Honorary Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael Ramsden was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellor's Department investing funds.
While doing research at Sheffield University he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar...Find out more about Michael Ramsden
Curriculum Director - Amy Orr-Ewing
Amy Orr-Ewing is Director of Programmes for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and the UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust. She gained a first class degree in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford University, before receiving a Masters degree in Theology at King’s College, London.
Amy has written two books exploring key questions in apologetics: Why Trust the Bible? (published under the title Is the Bible Intolerant? in North...Find out more about Amy Orr-Ewing
Chaplain and Missioner - Rev Frog Orr-Ewing
Frog Orr-Ewing is the Chaplain and Missioner at the OCCA. He became the youngest incumbent in the country as vicar of All Saints church in Peckham after a curacy at St Aldates Church in Oxford. Despite Peckham’s many challenges, over seven years the congregation witnessed marked growth and breakthroughs in community engagement and mission, and now numbers several hundred with youth and childrens activities to about 1000 children in the local area.
Frog and Amy were sent with the...Find out more about Frog Orr-Ewing
Senior Tutor - Dr Vince Vitale
Vince Vitale is Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, Tutor in Philosophy and Mission at Wycliffe Hall, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a speaker for RZIM. He holds a D.Phil. in Philosophy and an M.Phil. in Theology, both from the University of Oxford.
His primary research interests are in ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion, areas which converge in his doctoral thesis on ‘the problem of...Find out more about Dr Vince Vitale
Tutor - Tom Price
Tom Price is a Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and an Associate Tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He holds degrees in Christian Apologetics (MA) and Philosophy (BA).
Tom's...Find out more about Tom Price
Tutor - Dr Sharon Dirckx
Sharon Dirckx is Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Originally from a scientific background she has a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in Switzerland, the USA and the University of Oxford, UK. During its founding year in 2004/5, Sharon graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and has since been invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts including universities, schools, conferences,...Find out more about Sharon Dirckx
Tutor - Dr Keith Small
Keith Small is Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Originally from a ministry background, over the last 20 years Keith has been speaking to churches, university students, community lecture events, and at various training conferences in Europe and the USA concerning Muslim-Christian relations. Keith has a PhD in Islamics and New Testament Studies for his work comparing features of ancient Qur’an and New Testament manuscripts. Keith is a Manuscript Consultant to...Find out more about Keith Small
Tutor - Jo Vitale
Jo Vitale is Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She received a first class degree in Theology at the University of Oxford and was twice recipient of the University's Gibbs Prize for her examination results. Jo then completed a University of Oxford Master in Biblical Interpretation (M.St) before being awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship for doctoral studies. She is currently using the award for doctoral studies at the University of Oxford on the...Find out more about Jo Vitale