ABOUT CHRIS HOWLES
I am currently working as Head of Theology at Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo (UMSN) on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. I’ve been there since 2011 with my wife, Ros, and 3 kids (Josh, Danny, and Chloe, the latter two were born in Kampala). Ros is a UK-trained medical doctor, but is mostly now involved in college life (Bible studies, some teaching, health advice) and homeschooling the children. Ros and I are British mission partners seconded to UMSN from Crosslinks-BCMS, a British mission society.
My relationship with Jesus began aged 16 through the ministry of a local church youth group in Birmingham, UK. The Lord then used an eight-month stay in Kenya (where Ros and I met, and married 4 years later), and several subsequent short trips to East Africa, to nurture in me a love for life and learning in those contexts. After a few years teaching geography to teenagers in a London school, I spent four years studying ‘Theology and Mission’ at Oak Hill College, during which time Ros worked as a doctor and also attended some training modules.
Three months after graduation, Ros and I (with a baby Josh) moved to Uganda, where we’ve lived and worked at Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo since 2011. Here we're serving alongside Ugandan Christian leaders to help train men and women from across East Africa for church-leadership in the Anglican Church of Uganda (and equivalents in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Sudan).
My role at the seminary is to guide the training programme such that our students (there are currently 86) are nurtured in their calling to prayerful, faithful, contextual, missional church leadership that is Spirit-led, Christ-proclaiming, and God-exalting. We focus on cognitive, affective, and behavioural dimensions in both our inputs to students and our expectations from students. We long for Kingdom-oriented knowledge, character, and competency for ourselves as staff and for our students.
Personally, my days are mostly spent teaching theology modules, leading Bible studies, mentoring students individually, running side-programmes such as the college book shop, and a decent chunk of admin involving timetables, development of new programs, and general departmental leadership. Ros and I also help run a pretty large Sunday school at our local church which is an exhausting privilege.
I’m currently over half-way through a Doctorate in Inter-Cultural Studies through Fuller Theological Seminary, where I’m researching how theological education institutions in Africa can form church leaders who are knowledgeable about, equipped in, and passionate for cross-cultural mission to less-reached African nations and tribes.
In my spare time I’m building this website, trying to resurrect my marathon-running abilities of my youth, listening to podcasts, reading about world Christianity and world mission, buying too many books about British military history, watching beautiful films with Ros, following West Bromwich Albion, listening to and reading about The Beatles, tweeting, sitting in Kampala traffic jams, and teaching my kids to play football.