8th February 2007
The Revd Dr Michael Ovey has been appointed as the new Principal of Oak Hill College. He will take over from the current Principal, David Peterson, when he returns to Australia this summer.
Mike is highly regarded by colleagues, students and friends of the College, as a theologian and pastor-teacher. He has been a tutor at Oak Hill since 1998, teaching Christian Doctrine and Apologetics. As College Dean, he has been involved in pastoring the students and non-teaching staff, and has been a member of the College’s Management Team, where he has worked closely with David Peterson in shaping the future vision for the College. Mike is married to Heather and they have three school-age children.
Mike comments: “I have been delighted to see and take part in the College’s growth over the last ten years. It is a joy to work in a College and with colleagues who are so committed to the Lord Jesus and to equipping ministers in His Church with the skills and knowledge to bring God’s Word home to His people. I am honoured, privileged and humbled to be asked to continue leading in this work, and look forward to even closer fellowship in the Gospel with our friends in local churches, partnerships and other para-church organisations.”
On Mike’s appointment, David Peterson adds: “I am enormously pleased that the College Council has appointed Mike to be the next Principal. I believe Mike is capable of giving outstanding theological and pastoral leadership in the College and in the Church at large. Lesley and I feel very confident about handing over our responsibilities to Mike and Heather.”
Mike’s first degree was in Law at Oxford and he was called to the English Bar in 1983. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he completed the theological Tripos. He served his curacy at All Saints Church Crowborough, East Sussex. Before Oak Hill, Mike was a lecturer at Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he also studied for a Master in Theology Degree.
Mike’s doctoral study on the eternal relationship between Father and Son was supervised by Colin Gunton and Murray Rae at the University of London. He has co-authored Pierced for our Transgressions, which defends and explains penal substitution in the Atonement. This is due to be published by IVP in the spring.