Cambridge Apologetics

Cambridge Apologetics

Serving the church in Cambridge as we prepare to engage the thinkers around us with the gospel message

Upcoming Events:

Events hosted by Cambridge Apologetics or our sister project Life in the Round

2024 Summer conference

Cambridge is full of thinking people. What do they think about Christianity? From the University to the Science Park, from Addenbrooke’s to the City Council: our colleagues and friends all live with assumptions about our faith.

But what assumptions do we have about their questions? In our rapidly changing culture, are we tracking with their thinking? How might we commend and defend the gospel in Cambridge today? The 2024 summer conference will explore these questions and more, and will feature talks and workshops from Dr Rebecca McLaughlin, Prof John Lennox, Andrew Fellows, Clare Williams, Rachel Gilson, Dr Peter J. Williams, and others.

Community

Termly training seminars at the Round Church allow us to hear from specialists and develop the conversation.

Our most recent seminar featured Andrew Fellows on ‘Apologetics as Meaning’.

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Outreach

We also learn through practical experience.

Cultural outreach events are hosted through our partner ministry Life in the Round.

2024 Summer Conference

Date and Location

28-29 June  |  Venue: St Andrew the Great, Cambridge

About

How can we share our faith with our neighbours, family and colleagues effectively and persuasively in today’s cultural moment? How might we meet people in their questions and interests, and draw them with us to appreciate the person and work of Christ?

The 2024 Cambridge Apologetics summer conference brings together an experienced group of evangelists and apologists to engage and equip Christians in the city:

Registration is open - be sure to book your place today

Conference Programme

Friday

Saturday

We must give honest answers to honest questions. Christianity is Truth, Truth that God has told us, and if it is Truth, it can answer questions."

Speakers

We are thrilled to host a worldclass lineup of speakers for the conference. They bring with them a wealth of experience in public witness and apologetics training, and actively engage with contemporary cultural issues.

John Lennox

A Cambridge alumnus, John Lennox is a world renowned author and speaker, mathematician, philosopher of science and Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford.

Peter J. Williams

Peter Williams is Principal of Tyndale House and a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, who recently authored "Can We Trust the Gospels?"

Andrew Fellows

Andrew Fellows is best known for having directed the work of English L'Abri for 15 years, and serving as chairman of L'Abri International. He is now an author and pastor who regularly gives training in apologetics.

Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins is Fellow for Public Engagement at Tyndale House, and a speaker and writer on media, culture, and the Bible. Previously at the Damaris Trust he is pursuing PhD research on the relationship between the biblical prophets and today’s media.

Benjamin Chang

Benjamin Chang is a speaker, writer and emergency medicine specialist doctor working in London. He also has a Masters degree in Bioethics and Medical Law. He is author of the new book “Christ and the Culture Wars: Speaking for Jesus in a World of Identity Politics”.

Alexandra Gilman

Alexandra Gilman is completing her Master's in Biblical Counselling at Westminster Seminary. She has done missions in China, Russia, and Canada, and is passionate about equipping people to be evangelists in everyday life.

Daniel Gilman

Daniel Gilman served as a fulltime apologist, and is now the director of the Centre for Public Speaking, as well as a PhD student at Cambridge University on the role of public speaking in the campaign to end the slave trade.

JP Sivertsen-Wright

JP Sivertsen-Wright is the Interim Co-Director of Student Ministries at UCCF, and oversees student work across the fellowship. With his experience and passion for student ministry, he is dedicated to supporting and encouraging believers in their walk with Christ and sharing the hope of Jesus among the university communities.

Emma Penwright

A Cambridge graduate in Natural Sciences, Emma Penwright is Assistant Head of Leadership Network and Science Network Co-ordinator for UCCF. She finds great joy in seeing science being used for the glory of God, and students learning to connect their faith with their studies.

Susannah Redmayne

Susannah Redmayne is the Christian Union Staff Worker in UCCF's Central region. She has spent the last three years working as UCCF staff worker mainly serving the Christian Union at Cambridge University. An Oxford graduate, she has also worked as a teacher prior to her time at UCCF.

Michael Ots

Michael Ots is the Field Director of the FEUER Evangelists Network. He travels widely around the UK, Europe and Eurasia speaking mainly on University Campuses on the relevance of the Christian faith to all areas of life.

Zachary Ardern

Zachary Ardern is a postdoctoral fellow in evolutionary genetics at an institute in Cambridge. His undergraduate training was in philosophy and molecular biology and he has spoken in universities, schools, and other settings on science and Christian faith, in the UK, Europe, and NZ.

A 20-year Heritage

We ran our first Cambridge Summer School of Apologetics in 2006, when The Foundations Trust was still known as Christian Heritage. Over the years we have hosted main speakers including Bill Edgar, John Lennox, David Robertson, Andrew Fellows, Jock Mcgregor, Ted Turnau, Greg Koukl, Stephen Meyer and Ard Louis.

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Academics in Public Evangelistic Speaking

Partnering with UCCF and IFES Europe, we are delighted to host the British gathering of the FEUER Academic Speakers' Network at our annual conference.

The network meets in parallel with us sharing relationships, plenary speakers, seminars and logistics support.

Featuring communications coaching

Tim Benton is a former actor and theatre director, now executive communications coach at GSB Comms. He has worked with businesses including Microsoft, KPMG and BCG, and ministries including Keswick and Oak Hill.

Christian academics have a unique opportunity to introduce Christianity with credibility at student events. The Network provides vision, training, peer support and introductions to event organisers.