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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 or sample a range of teaching by watching the videos below. Further videos are available through the page links in the top menu of this page or you can head over to our YouTube channel.:

I’m in Christ and He’s in Me
Derek Burnside

Being In Christ is one of the Bible most used expression to describe the life of the Christian. This idea has been absolutely foundational for the ministry of Capernwray and the wider work of Torchbearers International for over seventy years. In this series Derek Burnside, our Bible School Principal, unpacks what it means theologically to be In Christ and more importantly how it practically impacts the life of the believer when we say that Christ is also in us.

Getting the King out of the Boy
Rob Whittaker

King David is one of the most colourful characters of the Old Testament and serves as a picture of Christ in the minds of the New Testament writers. But it is his personal story of triumph in the midst of adversity that brings much inspiration and encouragement to us as Christians today. Through this series Rob Whittaker, unpacks some of the key ways in which David is moulded, shaped and guided by God into a key player and how this relates to us.

The Life of Elisha
Steve Volle

Steve Volle, Principal of Bodenseehof, teaches about the Life of Elisha through a series of lectures which centre around a symbol. As Steve explains, in the Ancient Near East a symbol often functions as a sermon and we often miss these clues in our Western culture. In this series Steve seeks to correct this by looking at key symbols in the story of Elisha and explaining how they give depth not only to the original narrative but also how they point towards Christ.

You can purchase audio recordings of our lectures here. We have an extensive catalogue that features many past and present lecturers including Rob Whittaker, Stuart and Jill Briscoe, and Billy Strachan.

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.

Bible teachers

Andy Jack

More about Andy

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’s website

Andy Woof

More about Andy

Andy and his wife Tina and we have two young boys. They live in Garstang (between Lancaster and Preston) where Andy is a pastor at Garstang Free Methodist Church. As a couple they love God’s Church, and see it as such a privilege to serve God’s people and so are looking forward to joining the Family Week at Capernwray.

Andy’s website

Cristi Murgu

More about Cristi

Cristi is the Lead Pastor of Carnforth Free Methodist Church and a regular teacher at Capernwray Bible School. He is passionate about communication and community, longing to see the local church become a hub of radical discipleship. He loves good coffee, reading books, watching indie movies and listening to music.

Cristi’s website

Dave Bookless

More about Dave

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.

Dave’s website

Derek Burnside

More about Derek

Derek Burnside is the Principal of Capernwray Bible School. He’s married to Penny, is a member of St Cuthbert’s Church in Over Kellet, and when not working enjoys cycling, swimming, squash, tennis, reading, film and theatre.

Sample talk by Derek

Ian Ellershaw

More about Ian

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

More about Jeff

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.

Jeff’s website

Jill Briscoe

More about Jill

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.

Jill’s website

John Allan

More about John

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

Kim Lee

More about Kim

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

More about Mark

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

More about Paul

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.

Paul’s website

Peter Maiden

More about Peter

Peter is a member of Capernwray’s Board of Trustees. He also regularly teaches on our Bible School and Holiday programmes. He is a past director of Operation Mobilisation and Chair of Keswick Ministries.

Ridge Burns

More about Ridge

Ridge Burns the Executive Director/CEO of InFaith. Ridge encourages staff members to use their unique gifts to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever type of ministry God calls them.

Rob Whittaker

More about Rob

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

Sam Fiore

More about Sam

Sam is Pastor of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Geneva

Sam’s website

Seidel Abel Boanerges

More about Seidel

Seidel is a Lecturer in Theology at Spurgeon’s College, London. He teaches in the areas of Christian mission, evangelism, apologetics, world religions, preaching and ministerial training.

Seidel’s website

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.

Stuart’s website

Sue Gilmore

More about Sue

Sue is a retired member of our Bible School team and is a regular teacher on our holiday programmes. One of the many things Sue loves to do is drink tea with a good friend at a favourite tea shop or drink tea alone but with a good book. Books are her friends too!

Tim Chester

More about Tim

Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and the author of too many books.

Tim’s website

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