Revd Dr David Hilborn
David Hilborn is St John’s seventh Principal since its move from London to Nottingham in 1970. He succeeded Canon Dr Christina Baxter when she retired in April 2012.
Since becoming Principal, David has been leading St John’s through a major transition from full-time residential training to our newly launched context-based training programme, which is a core expression of David’s and the college’s vision of ‘equipping all who train with us for God’s mission in a world of change’.
Prior to joining St John’s David was Director of the North Thames Ministerial Training Course and Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, during which time he was also an Associate Research Fellow at London School of Theology, Associate Lecturer at King’s College, London and Associate Minister at St Paul’s, Old Ford. He served as Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance between 1997 and 2006 and in that capacity was also a member of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and the Churches Together in England Theology and Unity Group.
David has over twenty-five years' experience as an ordained Minister in the United Reformed Church and the Church of England, having served at various times as senior minister, joint minister or assistant minister of six churches in London and Nottingham.
Over the years David has had several books and articles published in the areas of doctrine, theology of culture and Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Lead titles include Picking up the Pieces: Can Evangelicals Adapt to Contemporary Culture? (Hodder), The Nature of Hell, God and the Generations (with Matt Bird), ‘Toronto’ in Perspective (Paternoster), and The Atonement Debate (with Derek Tidball and Justin Thacker, Zondervan). He also co-wrote the authorised history of the Evangelical Alliance with Ian Randall – One Body in Christ (Paternoster) His most recent book contributions have been to Neil Ormerod’s and Harold Hunter’s volume The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism (CPT, 2013) and the Chris Tilling-edited Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul (Cascade, 2014). He has served on the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission since 2005, is chair-elect of the Evangelical Alliance Theology Advisory Group, and is a member of the Society of Pentecostal Studies and the Society for the Study of Theology.
David is married to Mia, who is a senior hospital chaplain. They have two children - Matthew (22) and Alice (20). He loves cricket, listens to a lot of 60s and 70s rock, reads poetry and enjoys good-quality cappuccino.