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Educational Leadership Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Leadership in an academic setting is often challenging. How do you effectively integrate your Christian beliefs with the day-to-day challenges of successfully leading an educational institution? How do you grapple with academic challenges to your Christian worldview while still promoting the highest levels of academic scholarship? Leadership in any position often carries the danger of loneliness and isolation, and educational leaders are not exempt from this potential downfall.

Educational Leadership Mentoring exists so participants can discuss issues related to educational leadership with an experienced mentor in their field. Participants will be able to discuss the successes, challenges, questions, and best practices related to educational leadership.


Lars Dahle is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. Having a long previous experience in various academic leadership roles, he now works as Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication (NLA Kristiansand), where he has lectured in worldviews, ethics, and apologetics since 1991. Lars wrote his PhD on Acts 17:16-34. It is entitled An Apologetic Model Then and Now? (Open University, UK). Since 2013, he is also the Lausanne Catalyst for Media Engagement. Lars has written several academic and popular articles on apologetics, media engagement and missiology and was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). He is also the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Nordic apologetic journal Theofilos. In addition, Lars co-leads the European Leadership Forum Media Communicators Network with his wife, Margunn. Follow Lars on his blog Media Messages Matter or on his Twitter account @LarsDahle.


Ruth Davis has over 20 years’ experience of working in University settings, culminating in eight years as Head of Care Sciences, a large academic department of health and social care education at the University of South Wales. Her professional background is in nursing with a specific interest in diabetes. Her clinical experience is in patient education, self-management and service development. In the University, her work included course development, mixed methods research and role development, together with the management responsibilities that come with running an academic department. Her current role includes developing and quality assuring a variety of on-line post-graduate courses. At home she is a wife, mother and grandmother and familiar with the struggles of juggling home, work and church life. In the local church she has been involved in projects such as setting up a luncheon club for older people, teaching and supporting students and generally contributing to the life of the local church in hospitality, small group work and behind the scenes activities.


David Hilborn is Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham. Prior to taking up this role in 2012, he was Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance, and an Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology. David trained for ordained ministry in the United Reformed Church at Mansfield College, Oxford and completed his doctorate on the language of worship at Nottingham University. He joined the Church of England in 2002 and was an assistant minister in two London parishes before returning to Nottingham to lead St John’s. In addition to his duties at the college, he currently serves on the ministry team of St Luke’s, Gamston. He is also a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and has chaired the Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Advisory Group since 2016. David has written and edited several books, including Picking up the Pieces (Hodder), The Nature of Hell, God and the Generations (with Matt Bird), Movement for Change (all Paternoster) and The Atonement Debate (with Derek Tidball and Justin Thacker - Zondervan). David is married to Mia and they have two children: Matthew and Alice.


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