Our Fellows

"When man thinks in self-conscious submission to the voluntary revelation of the self-sufficient God, he has therewith the only possible ground of certainty for his knowledge."

- Cornelius Van Til

Sarah-Jane Bentley

Fellow for Education and English Literature


Sarah-Jane teaches English at Eton College in Windsor, UK. She is also a leader in the school’s pastoral provision as Head of Tutoring and Deputy Master in College. Alongside this, she consults for the Welsh Government, providing guidance to students applying to read English at Oxford and Cambridge. A contributor to the CiRCE Institute's podcast network, Sarah-Jane discusses novels and Shakespeare’s plays for audiences of homeschooling parents.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Burnside

Fellow for Biblical Law


He is Professor of Biblical Law at the Law School, University of Bristol, where he teaches Criminal Law, Jewish Law and Jurisprudence. His work focuses on the interface and tensions that arise between law, religion and society. His academic expertise in three disciplines - Law, Criminology and Biblical Studies - has enabled him, over the past 25 years, to address some of the issues presented by relating faith-based norms to politics and society. In particular, he is interested in how faith-based bodies of law vie to govern normative behaviour in ways that may coincide or conflict with the dominant legal order.

Tim Dieppe

Fellow for Public Policy


Tim is Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern which he joined in 2016. Tim's special interest is in Islamic affairs. This interest developed after the 2001 attacks which prompted him to study the nature of Islam, including sharia finance. Tim connected with Christian Concern after being asked to run a sharia fund which he refused to do. This led him to become more involved in combatting the increasing influence of sharia law in the UK.

Jeff Durbin

Fellow for Evangelism and Apologetics


Jeff Durbin has been Pastor/Elder of Apologia Church in Mesa since he planted it in February of 2010. He worked for many years as a hospital chaplain. Jeff is a popular speaker for camps, conferences, churches & schools across the nation. He has participated in outreach to various religious organizations and cults nationwide and has engaged in moderated public debates.

Dr. Ted Fenske

Fellow for Medicine and Public Christianity


Dr. Ted Fenske is Clinical Professor with the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, staff cardiologist at the C.K. Hui Heart Centre, and an Elder at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Edmonton.

Ambassador Dennis J. Ignatius

Fellow for Intercultural Discourse and Global Affairs


A Malaysian career diplomat, Dennis has served in London, Beijing and Washington before being appointed ambassador to Chile in 1992, Argentina in 1996 and Canada in 2001. He was also concurrently accredited to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. He retired from the foreign service in 2008.

Dr. Peter Jones

Fellow for New Testament Theology and Christian Worldview


Associate Pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church (Escondido, CA), Director of truthXchange and Scholar in Residence at Westminster Seminary, CA. Born in Liverpool (and a friend of John Lennon), Peter attended the University of Wales, then did his graduate work at Gordon Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School and Princeton Seminary.

Graeme Leach

Fellow for Biblical Economics


Graeme Leach is one of Britain's leading economists and CEO and chief economist of Macronomics. He is a former chief economist and director of policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD) where he represented the IoD in economic discussions with the Chancellor and 10 Downing Street. He is a visiting professor of economic policy and a senior fellow of the Legatum Institute in London. He is also a member of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and a life fellow of the IoD. He also lectures graduate students in macroeconomics at Cardiff University Business School.

Dr. Ben Merkle

Fellow for Higher Education

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Dr. Ben Merkle is the president of New Saint Andrews College, as well as a Fellow of Theology. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies and an M.St. in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, England; an M.A. degree in English Literature, a Greyfriars Letter, and a B.S. in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry, with a minor in History) both from the University of Idaho. He is a teaching elder at Christ Church, Moscow, regularly preaching at their downtown service.

Daniel Ogden, J.D.

Fellow for International Law, Comparative Politics, and International Relations


Daniel Ogden is a Lecturer at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he teaches various courses in international law and relations, comparative politics, and international trade. An attorney by profession, prior to embarking on a career in teaching he maintained an international law practice for over 30 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He was one of the founders of the Federalist Society Dallas Lawyers Chapter and previously served as the Chair of the National District Export Council as well as on the Board of Directors of truthXchange, Inc. He currently serves as a faculty advisor to the Baylor student group Oso Logos, which is a chapter of the global organization Ratio Cristi.

Prof. Dr. Willem J. Ouweneel

Fellow for Systematic Theology


Willem was one of the founders of the Evangelical College (Evangelische Hogeschool) at Amersfoort, the Netherlands, where he taught until his retirement in 2009. From 1990 to 1997, he served as a professor in the philosophy of the natural sciences at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (South Africa). From 1995 to 2014, he was a professor on the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven (Belgium). From 1996 until 2001, he taught philosophy, theology, and psychology at the State-Independent Theological Seminary in Basel, Switzerland.

Rev. Dr. David Robinson

Fellow for Patristics and Pastoral Theology


Senior Pastor at Westminster Chapel, Toronto.

David has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College (at the University of Toronto), where he studied the history and theology of Early Christianity. His doctoral dissertation translated and analyzed an early Christian commentary on the book of Revelation.

Rev. Dr. Aaron Rock

Fellow for Church Leadership


Aaron has ministered as a college professor, denominational leader, chaplain, church planter, teacher, and pastor. He serves as the founding and lead pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Windsor (since 2001), a church that has grown from five people to 1000 in twenty years. He blogs regularly at www.pursuitofglory.org. Aaron lives on a hobby farm in Amherstburg, Ontario. Aaron and his wife Susie have five children.

Rev. Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin

Fellow for Public Theology and Cultural Philosophy


Andrew is an ordained minister, Executive Director of the Fellowship of Mere Christianity, Faculty of Blackstone Legal Fellowship of the Alliance Defending Freedom, and De Jong Distinguished Visiting Professor of Culture and Theology, Edinburg Theological Seminary, a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and is President of the Center for Cultural Leadership.

André Schutten

Fellow for Law and Civil Discourse

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André is Director of Law & Policy and General Legal Counsel for ARPA Canada, the Association for Reformed Political Action. He researches and writes on public policy, particularly from a Christian perspective, and conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments. He also acts as a Parliamentary lobbyist.

Daniel Strange

Fellow for Comparative Religions

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Daniel Strange is Fellow for Comparative Religions at the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He is College Director of Oak Hill College, London, as well as Lecturer in Culture, Religion and Public Theology.

Daniel Francois Malherbe (Danie) Strauss

Fellow for Reformational Philosophy


He is the world's leading expert on the theory of modal aspects, one of the core features of the thought of the Dutch philosopher, Herman Dooyeweerd, and the movement for Reformational philosophy.

Rev. Dr. Michael Thiessen

Fellow for Church and Family Discipleship

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Michael has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, including international teaching, coaching, and consulting experience.

With a heart for training and mentoring young adults and pastors, and advancing both church and cultural renewal, Michael Thiessen serves LionSight Strategies as the Founder and Lead Coach. He also serves Liberty Coalition Canada as the Founder and President.

Jeffery Ventrella, J.D., Ph.D.

Fellow for Jurisprudence and Political Thought


Senior Vice President of Strategic Training, Alliance Defending Freedom

Jeffery regularly lectures in churches, campuses, and conferences throughout the United States and has lectured on six continents. After graduating first in his high school class, he received the B.M.E. degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Northern Colorado where he specialized in trumpet performance. He then attended law school, and after serving as the Production Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, he received the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received the Doctorate of Philosophy in Church and State Studies from Whitefield Theological Seminary.

Rev. Dr. James White

Fellow for Islamic Apologetics and Textual Criticism


James White is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics for numerous schools. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, The God Who Justifies, and What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an.