Why did we pack all of our belongings into our parents’ basement and move halfway around the world? Well, Ben is pursuing a PhD in New Testament studies. His supervisor is Dr. Simon Gathercole, and he is writing about the place of the death of Jesus in the theological thought of Luke and Acts. Rachael is working in Human Resources again, this time at a car company headquartered in Cambridge.
We attend St Andrews Street Baptist Church and live in college accomodation across the street from Peterhouse, just on the edge of the city center in Cambridge. We lead a simple life. When we aren’t working, we like to take walks around town, spend time with friends, and watch movies together. Rachael is an avid facebooker, and Ben likes to stay abreast of all the latest developments in American sports.
We decided to come to the UK and enroll in a PhD program for several reasons. At one level, we felt that this was a unique opportunity to live abroad and experience a different culture. Living in a new place can be an educational experience in itself, so that was one reason we wanted to come to the UK.
Aside from the cultural experience, Ben also felt like continuing his education at this point in our lives would be a good idea. It’s a special privilege to be able to spend a few years acquiring skills and knowledge that will be useful for a lifetime of service to the church in one way or another. Not very many people get the chance to set aside a prolonged amount of time just to read and to think. With all of its resources, Cambridge is an ideal setting for someone with Ben’s interest in biblical studies, so it was a natural choice to come here.