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Ian Kirby

Christian theology applied.
Vice-Principal (Quality) and Lecturer at Moorlands College


Ian leads the cross-cultural training at Moorlands College. Having previously been both BA and MA Course Leader, he is now Vice-Principal (Quality) with responsibility for making sure that the study opportunities that the College provides are as good as they can be.

He left school early because he wanted to escape education and work, but first spent a gap year with Operation Mobilization. That led to a radical change in direction, where Ian went to Aberdeen University and eventually earned a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. After studying at All Nations Christian College he worked in Central Asia for ten years. There he initially focused on IT teaching in a local university and team leadership, but soon found a passion for church planting and teaching in a bible college. During those years, he completed a research masters, and changed what he was teaching from computing science to world religions.

Ian is married with three children (almost) in their twenties. He is an elder in his local church and is on the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators (UK).


Undergraduate modules:

  • Church and community
  • Working cross-culturally
  • Cross-cultural professional studies
  • Apologetics


  • Christian Leadership

Research interests

Ian is fascinated by how culture impacts how we express our faith, particularly how it affects our ideas about leadership and how to do church. He also speaks on Christian responses to Islam and the nature of the mission of the church.