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All our teaching is focussed on the Bible and will practically equip you for your Christian life.

The Bible is the main way God speaks to us today, so we hold it in the highest regard. All our lectures are based on faithful exposition of the Scriptures; we dig both wide and deep into God’s word. We strike a balance between Old and New Testaments, and also cover practical topics about the Church and Christian life. See each of our courses for the list of topics they cover.

Teachers and sample lectures

We feel that it is vitally important that our biblical teaching is not separated from the demands and challenges of everyday life. Consequently the majority of our visiting bible teachers come from a variety of current or recent ministry backgrounds. Although their roles may range from local church pastors to international evangelists they all bring a wealth of personal experience which enriches their teaching and practically equips the students. Below is a sample of teaching from a number of regular Capernwray speakers (included in their bio) and you can also access a growing number of lectures on our YouTube channel.


Andy Jack

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Andy is Care Pastor at Deeside Christian Fellowship Church. His training for Christian ministry has included two years at All Nations Christian College, the Cornhill Training Course, a masters in Biblical studies from Trinity Seminary in Indiana and more recently a two year course in Biblical Counselling.

Andy Woof

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Andy is an associate Pastor at Garstang Free Methodist Church. He has a real passion for the local church, and to see God work in and through His people, to transform lives.

Christi Murgu

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Cristi is originally from Romania and is now a pastor of the local Free Methodist church in Carnforth. He has been teaching on the Bible school programme at Capernwray for many years. He is a fantastic speaker with a very engaging style and he brings a wealth of church pastoral experience to his lectures.

Dave Bookless

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Dave’s passion is communicating biblical teaching to today’s cultures, and he has spoken in many countries to conferences, colleges and churches. He has contributed to many books and has authored two: Planetwise – Dare to Care for God’s World (IVP, 2008) and God Doesn’t do Waste (IVP, 2010), selected by Third Way magazine as one of its books of the year for 2010.

Derek Burnside

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Derek is the Principal of Capernwray Bible School. He has previously been a High School teacher of Religious Education, Staff Worker with UCCF and spent 22 years on the staff and leadership teams of Belmont Chapel in Exeter.

Sample talk by Derek

Ian Ellershaw

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Ian is the Dean of Students at Capernwray Bible School. He was born and brought up on a small sheep farm in North Yorkshire and shepherding has always been a passion of his. He attended university in Lancaster before coming to Capernwray Bible School as a student in 2005, later joining as a staff member.

Jeff Ventrella

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Jeff serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of training for Alliance Defending Freedom. He is also a distinguished fellow of law and culture with the Center for Cultural Leadership and a fellow with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Jill Briscoe

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Jill has been associated with Capernwray for a number of years. She and her husband, Stuart, are now Ministers for a large church in the USA and regularly serve on mission trips with Operation Mobilisation. Jill has a great teaching gift and brings much humour and warmth to her lectures.

John Allan

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John has been teaching at Capernwray for many years and brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge to his lectures.

Kim Lee

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Kim is the Student Studies Coordinator at Capernwray Bible School. She lectures on the topics of Prayer and World Religions on the Bible School programme and is part of the Holidays Guest Team.

Mark Thomas

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Mark is the Director Emeritus of Capernwray. He is the second eldest son of founder Major Ian Thomas and was Managing Director of Capernwray for over 30 years.

Paul Keeys

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Paul is the UK Director of Walk Through the Bible Ministries. His continually growing passion is to see people reached with the Word of God.

Rob Whittaker

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Rob has been at Capernwray for many years and previously served as our Principal. He is an internationally renowned speaker, bringing a wealth of experience to his role. Rob has some amazing teaching series, a particular highlight being Getting the King out of the Boy and The Transforming Friendship.

Sample talk by Rob

Seidel Abel Boanerges

More about Seidel

Seidel teaches in the areas of Christian mission, evangelism, apologetics, world religions, preaching and ministerial training. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in preaching and apologetics from the University of Chester.

Stuart Briscoe

More about Stuart

Stuart began his christian ministry at Capernwray before moving to the US where he transformed Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin. He is a now a minister at large with Elmbrook and has established Telling the Truth Ministries.

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