Hello, @Interested_In_Ask_RZIM friends!
We have a 2-for-1 Christmas special this week in the Ask RZIM hot seat as both Simon Edwards and Clare Williams will be available to answer your questions about faith and life. Simon will be on most of the week, and then Clare will join at the end of the week. What an opportunity to from these two folks and their diverse backgrounds and experiences!
Simon Edwards is the UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust and Assistant Chaplain of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). He holds separate degrees in law and economics from the University of Queensland, Australia, as well as graduate diplomas in legal studies and education. Simon also has a postgraduate diploma in theology from the University of Oxford and is currently studying for a master in divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He brings with him a diverse range of Christian ministry, legal, government, and teaching experience. Prior to joining RZIM, Simon lived and worked in Australia as a lawyer, specializing in private practice in commercial law and in government practice in constitutional law. He also worked for two years in a secondary school as a religious education teacher.
Simon is a regular speaker in many different settings, including at evangelistic and apologetic training events in universities, schools, churches, and workplaces both in the UK and abroad. He has also been invited to speak on a number of BBC Radio programs regarding the evidence for the Christian faith, particularly from his perspective as a lawyer. Simon’s areas of interest include moral apologetics, human dignity, faith and reason, the nature of truth, evidence for the resurrection, suffering, and ethics. Simon is married to Natasha, who is part of the leadership team at Latimer Minster, a missional Church of England church situated between London and Oxford. Simon and Natasha live in High Wycombe with their two young children, Grace and Jonathan.
Clare Williams is an OCCA Fellow, following her time as a student at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She has a Master’s degree in Leadership from the Institute of Education and is currently pursuing a second one at Birkbeck University of London in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity. Clare also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford and has recently completed work there for a Certificate in Theological Studies. After her undergraduate studies, she worked as an English teacher and leader in South East London secondary schools for ten years. Clare is passionate about exploring questions concerning race, identity and truth in urban settings and has launched an apologetics ministry focused upon the black community and the black majority church (www.realquestions.co.uk). She enjoys singing gospel music, going to the theatre and cooking for family and friends.