The internationally respected evangelical centre for biblical and theological research has invited Dr Peter (Pete) Williams, currently Deputy Head of Divinity, History and Philosophy, and a senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen, to lead the community of around 50 full and part-time scholars, ranging from those just starting out on doctoral studies to seasoned academics.
Tyndale House, which has its roots in the work of the Biblical Research Council in 1938, has been based in Selwyn Gardens since 1944. It boasts one the finest collections in the world of material related to the study of the Bible, as well as state-of-the-art IT and electronic resources for its academic community.
Dr Williams, 36, is a specialist in Aramaic (the language of Jesus), having researched and taught both Old and New Testaments. He is on the committee of the International Greek New Testament project, and a Member of the Society for Old Testament Study. His current research includes the use of the early versions of the New Testament, the structure of the opening of John's Gospel, and the Rephaim (one of the pre-Israelite people of Palestine) in the Old Testament.
Dr Williams said: "It is a huge honour to be asked to lead Tyndale House and to develop the work established by previous wardens.
"One of Tyndale's historic successes has been the way in which its staff and publications have been able to bring about evangelical influence in the academy, and this is something that will remain a top priority. The house has close ties with the University of Cambridge, including sponsoring a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity. It has a formal link with St Edmund's College, and is connected to a world-wide network of scholars.
"In the short-term, I shall be seeking further funding to support doctoral students and to create more post-doctoral positions, as well as heading up a major £2million appeal to extend the library which will enable further growth, development and resources for the community at large. A new and major publication project is also planned."
Dr Williams' appointment has been widely welcomed by his academic peers.
Professor Don A Carson, Research Professor in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois, USA, said: "I am delighted with this appointment. Not many scholars can speak competently across as many technical fields as can Pete. His resolute commitment to Christ and to his Gospel, combined with his administrative and people skills, make his appointment a cause for celebration. I anticipate that the best days of Tyndale House are still ahead."