Tanya Walker is the Dean of the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and speaker for the Zacharias Trust. She holds a PhD in politics and international studies from SOAS (University of London) where her thesis focused on notions of freedom, power, and the complexities at the interface of competing rights within a liberal framework. Tanya also has an MA in Islamic societies and cultures from SOAS and an undergraduate degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Christ Church, Oxford University. Prior to undertaking her postgraduate research, Tanya worked in the political sphere in various public policy and communication roles.
Born in the Middle East, and from Armenian descent, Tanya grew up against the formative backdrop of a persecuted church. Her passion is to connect with people from all walks of life in exploring the ultimate questions of life and meaning. Specifically, the mysterious claim of the gospel that the Christian narrative not only provides a compelling framework through which to make sense of our world and our experiences, but is the context through which we can encounter God.
Tanya speaks internationally in academic, business, and political contexts, as well as Christian gatherings, alongside raising outstanding Christian thinkers and communicators through the OCCA program. Tanya is married to Toby and they are based in Oxford with their three young children.
Hope, as it is presented to us in Scripture, is the anchor for the soul. It is not primarily rooted in the events of the future—the promises of God as they unfold—although of course it encapsulates that also. Hope is rather anchored in the person who holds the future, and by his word and power, upholds and guarantees it.