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ian-paul-300I am available to teach or speak at educational institutions, in churches, training events and conferences. To discuss this, please email me at ian(at)psephizo.com or connect with me through Facebook. Please see the Speaking page for details of my areas of expertise in teaching and speaking.

This is what others have said about me:

Ian is a hugely gifted teacher and speaker who has a great ability to see issues clearly and explain Biblical teaching relating to them inspiringly.  His wide experience equips him to address many different groups that would benefit from hearing him.

Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford

Ian has been influential in inspiring and shaping the future ministry of many ordinands at St John’s College Nottingham. It is an enormous gift to the church that he is now able to share his depth of knowledge, his passion for the scriptures and his considerable experience more widely. I am very much looking forward to opportunities of working with Ian and learning from all he has to offer.

Paula Gooder, Theologian in Residence, Bible Society

A great tragedy of Christian life in the UK is a split between academic and pastoral thinking. In his blog and teaching, Ian brings in all kinds of ideas from a wide range of sources within and outside the Church, and holds them up to the light of Scripture to resource ministry at the sharp end. I can’t always agree with his conclusions, but I greatly respect his learning and judgment, and the particular way he resources Christian leaders with an informed reading of Scripture.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

Ian Paul is a first rate theologian and teacher who possesses the rare combination of a razor sharp and insightful mind along with an engaging communication style which helps a wide range of people engage with the Bible. He is an enormous gift to and resource for the wider church and is equally at home grappling with the complexities of New Testament academic studies as he is with equipping ordinary people to live faithfully in the light of Biblical truth.

 Rev Ian Parkinson,  Regional Director New Wine North & East

Ian is a gifted and wise communicator. He engages with Scripture at a deep level and has a rare gift of being able to communicate that scholarship in an accessible, challenging and inspirational way. He has a wonderful gift of teaching and challenging in an engaging and stimulating way. I rate this guy and recommend him to you with enthusiasm.

Mark Russell, CEO, Church Army

Helpful, engaging, empowering….Ian is a creative teacher who combines careful biblical scholarship,  creative communication skills and thoughtful application with the ability not only to pass on the fruit of his learning but to help others to approach and apply Scripture confidently themselves.

Mark Greene, Executive Director, LICC

Whether in written pieces or the spoken word, Ian combines careful scholarship (worn lightly), pastoral insight, and practical wisdom—all suffused with good doses of warmth, energy, and humour. His background in the marketplace, church ministry, and theological education combine to bring a breadth of engagement with people and with issues of topical concern. Time spent with Ian is time well spent, and I am confident and happy in commending him to others.

Antony Billington, Head of Theology, LICC

Ian is a lively and thoughtful communicator, with a passion for the Scriptures and seeing their message get out into our world and transform churches.  With humour, learning and insight, he brings the Bible alive and speaks to some of the pressing issues of the day.  He has helped us both in training leaders and in evangelistic meetings—both left people buzzing afterwards!

Rev Rick Stordy, Vicar, St John’s Chapeltown and Area Dean, Ecclesfield.

Ian is one of those rare people who has the ability to bridge the gap between the Academy and the Church in a way that enriches both. He feeds the Church with the best of Christian scholarship and advocates fearlessly for the Church within the world of theology and biblical studies. That he is able to do both these tasks in such a thoughtful and engaging way is a happy bonus!

Rev Dr William Olhausen, Chair, Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland

Click to download my current CV: Ian Paul Curriculum Vitae 2014