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David joined Moorlands College as Principal in January 2019. He was previously Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham and Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College, in whose founding he played a significant part. Before that he was Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance UK for nine years, also serving on the Executive of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission. David is an ordained Anglican minister and was a member of the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission from 2006-2016. He currently chairs the Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Advisory Group. He is a graduate of the Universities of Nottingham (BA, PhD) and Oxford (MA), and has led or served on the ministry teams of five local churches. He is a Londoner by birth and is married to Mia, a senior hospital chaplain. They have two grown-up children.

David is passionate about communicating theology in a wide range of contexts, whether supervising and examining doctoral students, teaching at Masters, BA or Foundation level, speaking at Christian conferences and festivals, writing, preaching, blogging or appearing on media. He also enjoys cricket, cinema and poetry and listens to a lot of classic rock.


David’s main teaching is in the areas of doctrine, church history, mission, ethics, worship and the theology of culture.

Recent interviews and recordings

  • Forum of Christian Leaders
    How is secular thinking about generations different than the Bible’s? David Hilborn responds to this topical issue.
  • Premier Christianity interview
    Sam Hailes from Premier Christian Radio invited David Hilborn to share his life story and his views on several topical issues.
  • David Hilborn interviews Dr Helen Morris
    In this second instalment in our new Christian Theology Applied series, Moorlands College Principal, Revd Dr David Hilborn, interviews Dr Helen Morris and unpacks the subject, ‘Significance of the New Testament’.
  • David Hilborn interviews Dr Chris Sinkinson
    In this first instalment in our new Christian Theology Applied series, Moorlands College Principal, Revd Dr David Hilborn, interviews our lecturer Dr Chris Sinkinson and unpacks the subject, ‘What is Theology?’.
  • Hope FM interview
    Blair Crawford from Hope FM interviews David Hilborn about a variety of topics and to hear more about his life.
  • David Hilborn’s Installation Service
    To hear more about David being installed as our new Principal, and to watch the service in full, please click here for our blog piece.


  • Reviewing the Discourse of ‘Spiritual Abuse’: Logical Problems and Unintended Consequences. Evangelical Alliance Theology Advisory Group, London: EAUK, 2018 (Editor and Lead Writer).
  • ‘The Reformation, Evangelicals and Roman Catholicism’, Partnership, 60 (Summer 2017), 37-43.
  • ‘Key Theological Developments in Evangelical Social Ethics Since the 1970s’, Crucible (Journal of Christian Social Ethics), April 2017, pp.11-24.
  • ‘Evangelical Models of Leadership: General Trends and Anglican Expressions’, in Loveday Alexander & Mike Higton (eds), Faithful Improvisation: Theological Reflections on Church Leadership, London: Church House, 2016, pp.166-185.
  • Eight articles for Martin Davie et al (eds), New Dictionary of Theology – Historical and Systematic (Second Edn) London/Downers Grove: IVP, 2016. On: Annihilationism (pp.34-36), The Ecumenical Movement (pp.283-286), Evangelical Theology (pp.309-312), The Gospel (pp.374-375), Liberal Evangelicalism (pp.513-514), The Papacy (pp.650-652), Postmodernism (691-693) and Roman Catholic Theology (pp.783-785).
  • ‘A Response to Campbell’s “Connecting the Dots”, in Chris Tilling (ed.), Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Reflections on the Work of Douglas Campbell. Eugene, Or.: Cascade, 2014, pp.114-123.
  • ‘Interview with Professor Andrew Walker’, in Martyn Percy & Pete Ward (ed.), The Wisdom of the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, pp.175-193.
  • ‘Anglicans, Pentecostals and Ecumenical Theology’, in Harold D. Hunter & Neil Ormerod (eds), The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism. Cleveland, Tn.: CPT, 2013, pp. 243-263.
  • Heißes Eisen Hölle. Geißen: Brunnen, 2011.
  • The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Theology of Atonement. Edited with Derek Tidball & Justin Thacker. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.
  • ‘Atonement, Evangelicalism and the Evangelical Alliance: The Present Debate in Context’, in Derek Tidball, David Hilborn & Justin Thacker (eds), The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Theology of Atonement. Edited with Derek Tidball & Justin Thacker. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008, pp. 15-33.
  • ‘Unity and Truth in Pan-Evangelical Theology’, in Christian Hermann (ed.), Rechenschaft des Glaubens: Fetschrift für Rolf Hille zum 60. Geburtstag. Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus, 2007, pp. 50-64.
  • ‘Glossolalia as Communication: A Linguistic-Pragmatic Perspective’, in Mark Cartledge (ed.) Glossolalia: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2006, pp. 111-146.
  • ‘Jean-François Lyotard’, entry for New Dictionary of Apologetics (eds Campbell Campbell-Jack & Gavin McGrath), IVP: Leicester: 2006, pp. 410-411.
  • ‘Principled Unity or Pragmatic Compromise? The Challenge of Pan-Evangelical Theology’, Evangel 22:3, Autumn 2004, 80-90.
  • Movement for Change: Evangelicals and Social Transformation (Editor), Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004.
  • ‘Church, Society and State: Romans 13 in Evangelical Practice’, in Movement for Change: Evangelicals and Social Transformation, ed. David Hilborn, Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004, 113-32.
  • ‘Homosexuality, Covenant and Grace in the Writings of Rowan Williams’, Anvil (20/4) December 2003, pp.263-75.
  • ‘Universalistic Trends in the Evangelical Tradition: A Historical Perspective’ (with Don Horrocks), in Robin Parry & Chris Partridge (eds), Universal Salvation? The Current Debate, Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003, pp.219-246.
  • ‘An Evangelical Perspective on Orthodox Liturgy’ in Ian Randall (ed.), Baptists and the Orthodox Church, Prague: International Baptist Seminary, 2003, pp.64-80.
  • God and the Generations: Youth, Age and the Church Today (Co-Editor with Matt Bird), Carlisle: Paternoster Press/Evangelical Alliance, 2002.
  • ‘Truth, Collegiality and Consensus: The Dynamics of an Evangelical Theological Commission’, Evangelical Review of Theology, 26/1 January 2002, pp.23-44.
  • ‘One Body in Christ’: The History and Significance of the Evangelical Alliance (with Ian Randall), Carlisle: Paternoster Press/Evangelical Alliance, 2001.
  • ‘Toronto’ in Perspective: Papers on the New Charismatic Wave of the mid-1990s (Editor), Carlisle: Paternoster Press/Evangelical Alliance, 2001.
  • The Nature of Hell (Editor). Carlisle: Paternoster Press/Evangelical Alliance, 2000.
  • ‘The Words of Our Lips’: Language Use in Free Church Worship. Congregational Memorial Hall Trust Monograph. London: Congregational Memorial Hall Trust, 1998.
  • ‘Lost Without Her Soul? Diana and the Search for Transcendence’, in Death of a Princess: Making Sense of a Nation’s Grief (ed. Chris Sugden). London: Silver Fish, 1998, pp.59-72.
  • Picking Up the Pieces: Can Evangelicals Adapt to Contemporary Culture? London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997.
  • ‘From Performativity to Pedagogy: Jean Ladrière and the Pragmatics of Reformed Worship Discourse’, in Stanley Porter (ed.), The Nature of Religious Language: A Colloquium. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995, pp.170-200.
  • ‘For the Procreation of Children’, in Susan Durber (ed.), As Man and Woman Made: Theological Reflections on Marriage. London: United Reformed Church, 1994, pp.22-32.
  • ‘Doing Barth Justice: Baptism and the URC: Part I’, Reformed Quarterly (2,1-2), 1991, 7-13; ‘Part II’ (2,3), 1991, pp.4-8.

    Research interests

    As his publications demonstrate, David’s research interests are diverse, but he is particularly focused on the history and theology of Evangelicalism, on the intersections of doctrine, culture and ethics, and on the relationship of linguistics to biblical and theological interpretation. He has supervised and examined doctoral and Masters dissertations in all of these areas.