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Gareth Black joined Zacharias Trust as an OCCA Fellow upon completing his studies at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). He holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, as well as a first-class Bachelor’s in Divinity from Queens University Belfast. He is presently completing a MSc in Bioethics from Kings College London before beginning a Doctorate in the subject in early 2020.
Formerly a Bible teacher and student pastor at a large church in his native Ireland, Gareth is passionate about demonstrating that the Bible understands and addresses the most pressing and relevant philosophical questions of our day. In 2016 he was awarded the Frederick Buechner Award for Excellence in Preaching from Wycliffe Hall (University of Oxford) and has a keen interest in equipping the local church in apologetics. He speaks regularly on “How Can a Good God Allow Suffering?” “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” “Isn’t Religion the Cause of the World’s Problems?” “The Church as Christian Apologetic,” and various topics within the field of applied ethics. He has been involved in evangelism and Bible teaching across the British Isles, Scandinavia, and West Africa, as well as to the underground church in China.
Since joining RZIM, Gareth has led university and school missions across the UK and has been invited to speak at conferences, churches, and radio networks. He is married to Amy, who is Manager of the OCCA Programme, and in his spare time enjoys dystopia novels, circuit training, football, and long hikes with his Labrador, Murphy.