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Paul Woodbridge reflects on the recent death of Rudi Heinze, who taught church history at Oak Hill in the 1980s and 90s.

Rudi Heinze was a tutor at Oak Hill College from 1982-1998, and vice principal from 1994. He taught church history, and made it come alive! Countless students testify about how they came to Oak Hill wondering why they had to do this subject, but soon appreciated its importance. Rudi made the subject exciting and relevant, as his love and enthusiasm for church history, and his great ability to teach it, came through.

He even devised a board game which students played called A Mighty Fortress. According to the blurb for the game on the BoardGameGeek website, A Mighty Fortress ‘simulates the conditions which made possible the spread of the Lutheran Reformation and the...

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Paul Woodbridge
Paul Woodbridge
24 March 2017

 
 

In the mid-80s, Nick Faldo made one of the bravest decisions a professional athlete can take; he chose to completely overhaul his technique. It was not as if Faldo was a failure: he was already a European Order of Merit winner, had carded three top-10 Open finishes and was, to that point, the youngest Ryder Cup player in history. Yet, midway through the 1985 season Faldo recruited David Leadbetter to deconstruct and rebuild his swing.

It’s hard to fathom what it means for a man in his late twenties, who has already achieved success way beyond the ordinary to make such a decision. Anyone who has played it know that a golf swing is hundreds of movements grooved by repetition into the unconscious, like rock worn smooth by water. By 1985, Faldo had been playing the game for a decade and a...

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Graham Shearer
Graham Shearer
21 March 2017

 
 

On Friday 17 March 2017, Karowei Dorgu became the new Bishop of Woolwich at a service of over two hours at Southwark Cathedral.

Part of the reason the service was long was the African singing, swaying and dancing that took place both before, after and during the service! Karowei comes from Nigeria, and the cathedral was packed with many friends and supporters, some of whom had flown in from his home country.

Karowei was a student at Oak Hill from 1993 to 95. I remember him well for his lively sense of humour, his effervescent character and the way everyone loved him! He was in my Greek class in his first year, although it would be fair to say Greek wasn’t his strongest subject. This led to many jokey conversations about him keeping up his Greek, including last Friday when I spoke to...

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Paul Woodbridge
Paul Woodbridge
20 March 2017

 
 

A thanksgiving service for the life and ministry of Mike Ovey took place on Monday afternoon, 13 March, at All Souls, Langham Place, in London.

A packed church of about 800 people joined Mike’s family, together with friends, colleagues, Oak Hill students and alumni, to pay tribute to Mike’s exceptional gifts, which he offered in the service of the people of God, and to thank God for his life as a teacher, educator, and leader.

The service included four appreciations of Mike’s life and work, delivered by Dr Dan Strange, Acting Principal of Oak Hill; Efrem Buckle, Pastor of ecclesia in Lewisham, South London; Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern; and Revd Nick Tucker, Vicar of St Bartholomew, Edgbaston.

Dan Strange, who worked closely with Mike on the educational...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
16 March 2017

 
 

At Oak Hill we are still grieving the death of Mike Ovey, but we now need to look forward and build on his excellent work.

God has blessed us with servant-hearted students, a strong faculty, and an excellent Acting Principal in Dan Strange. So we are very much ‘open for business as usual’. This gives us time and space to reflect on how best to fill the gap that Mike has left and how we can serve the church in the coming years.

Mike and Dan together formed a strong and complementary Leadership Team. They had recently begun to refresh our strategy and this included plans for building more intensive dialogue with our sending and receiving stakeholders and our alumni, with Mike taking on a more outward-facing role and Dan taking more day-to-day executive responsibility. Mike died just...

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Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy Anderson
24 February 2017

 
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