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Cambridge Scholars Network

Why is the CSN Important?

It is crucial for the worldwide evangelical church to develop its next generation of intellectual leaders. Presently, evangelicals who undertake PhD studies and scholarly careers at leading universities are given a "fatherly push" into deep water where they are left alone to sink or swim.  Sadly, many struggle to stay afloat as they experience intense sociological pressure to give up or compromise their basic convictions.

Bruce Winter, former Warden of Tyndale House, writes:

"A doctoral programme can greatly increase the knowledge of the next generation of scholars, but it is possible for this process to be accompanied by a spiritual regression akin to a frog turning into a tadpole, with all head and no heart for the Lord and His kingdom."

In order to prevent this metamorphosis, it is necessary to provide young, evangelical scholars with mentorship, encouragement, and the fellowship of like-minded peers. The Cambridge Scholars Network attempts to do just this.

What is the Cambridge Scholars Network?

The Cambridge Scholars Network (CSN) is a week-long event for evangelical PhD students. It is followed by a webinar in the Fall of 2021 and another one in the Spring of 2022 (Exact date and time for webinars TBD) The seminar occurs each July near Cambridge in England, and is designed to encourage participants to consider their disciplines and calling from a biblical standpoint. To this end, the CSN seeks to help young scholars:
  1. Establish a spiritual context for academic study
  2. Develop the critical thinking skills necessary for successful academic work
  3. Think through various apologetics issues

The CSN programme includes text discussions, lectures, personal mentoring by senior academics, and fellowship with fellow scholars. The CSN Webinars are for further mentoring, encouragement, to deepen, and develop relationships, and learning.  Each Cambridge Scholars Network participant will participate in two training webinars: one in the Autumn of 2020, and one in the Spring of 2021  (Exact date and time TBD). 

Who is Speaking at the 2021 CSN?

Daryl McCarthy will lead the 2021 Cambridge Scholars Network.

Daryl McCarthy, CSN Director, serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). He is also Director of the European Leadership Forum's Academic Network, which provides networking, training, and mentoring for evangelicals in higher education.  Daryl has traveled to more than 55 nations and has spoken at universities, conferences, and churches around the world. In 1988 he helped found Global Scholars (formerly International Institute for Christian Studies) and served as President until 2014.  Daryl earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Theology from Kansas City College and Bible School. Daryl and his wife, Dr. Teri McCarthy, lived in Lithuania from 2010-2015, where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius.

Ralf Bergmann is married and has three adult children. He received his degree in physics and a doctorate from German universities. He is or has been mainly involved in solid-state physics, semiconductors, photovoltaics and optical technologies at several research institutions in Germany and Australia and has also worked in industrial research. Since 2008 he has been a professor at a German university and head of a research institute working on optical technologies and optoelectronics. Beyond his research, he is interested in defending the reasonability of Christian faith, especially all around the border triangle of physics, philosophy, and theology as well as the relevance of Christian faith for modern western society. In 2019, he authored the book Gott und die Erklärung der Welt – Christlicher Glaube oder atheistische Weltanschauung: Was ist vernünftiger? (God and the explanation of the world – Christian faith or atheistic world view: What is more reasonable?).

Alexander Fink is Director of the Institute for Faith and Science (Institut für Glaube und Wissenschaft) in Marburg, Germany ( He studied physics at the universities of Bayreuth and St. Andrews (UK) and received his PhD at the Institute for Biophysics at the University of Regensburg. After having worked as an industrial product manager, he became director of SMD graduates' ministry (Akademiker-SMD, the German branch of IFES) until 2014. His passion is the dialogue of science, faith, and worldviews. Hence he founded the Kepler-Forum in Regensburg, coorganising the annual Regensburger Symposium ( at the University of Regensburg. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ELF Steering Committee and has co-led the Scientists Network. Together with his wife, Alexander enjoys raising his two children.

Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, at a university in the UK, where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist. Now, as an author and speaker, he is interested in issues at the interface between biblically-based faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, as well as wider issues of culture and Christian worldview. His most recent book A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing turns a critical eye to the sexual revolution.


Daniel Hill studied Classics at the University of Oxford, and did his PhD in Philosophy at the University of London. Since 2000, he has taught philosophy at the University of Liverpool and is a Senior Lecturer. He has written three books, including Divinity and Maximal Greatness, and is currently working on a project on the ethics of entrapment. He helps co-ordinate the Staff Christian Fellowship at the University of Liverpool, and is an active member of a local church.


Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language at Tyndale House, Deputy Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University. He has done much work on Greek manuscripts and other remains from the ancient world.


Bruce A Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and a DMin in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Senior Professor of Philosophy and director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been on faculty since 2001. Since 1995, he has travelled widely in Europe and Asia, lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools and presenting papers at conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books, and contributed chapters in several books, the last being God and Evil published by InterVarsity Press, 2013.


Charles White is Professor of Christian Thought and History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, USA.  Harvard, Cambridge, and Boston universities have contributed to his education.  In the 1970s he was minister to students at Boston’s Park Street Church.  He has written two books and a score of academic articles.  Bible translation is one of his passions, and he has worked on twenty-five of the twenty-seven New Testament books in seven different languages.  He has taught environmentalists in Michigan, physicians in Mexico, pastors in Canada, university students in England, Bible college students in Australia, Muslims in Nigeria, evangelists in India, missionaries in the Philippines and Rwanda, church planters in Iraq, ministers in Jordan, and disciplers in Ethiopia.  He is the father of four grown children and has run more than 86,000 kilometers since he turned 40.

Peter (P.J.) Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Most recently he has been assisting Dr Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament.

When and Where is the 2021 CSN?

The 2021 Cambridge Sxholars Network is scheduled to take place from Sunday - Saturday, 11 - 17 July

Participants are asked to arrive in Cambridge (England) at 13.00 on Sunday, 11 July.  Light refreshments will be provided, and guided historical tours of Cambridge will begin at 13.30. Later in the afternoon, the group will depart for Moggerhanger Park, a lovely conference centre and estate, located in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, for the programme. 

On Saturday, 17 July, participants will return to Cambridge. 

How much does the 2021 CSN Cost?

Early Registration 1 February 2021 €390  
Regular Registration 1 May 2021 €490  
Late Registration 14 June 2021 €590  
Scholarship Rate*   €100

*A limited number of partial bursaries/scholarships are available to those who need them.

Payment is due one month after acceptance into the programme.

Please click here to see if you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

Please note that if you need a visa to attend, we need to receive your application no later than 15 March 2021.


The Cambridge Scholars Network seeks to encourage evangelical PhD students to consider their disciplines and calling from a biblical standpoint. To this end, we require participants to do each of the following before arriving in Cambridge:

Read a selection of pre-assigned materials. We will provide a reading list, along with electronic copies of all articles/chapters. Participants may also be provided with one or two books.

Complete a collection of writing assignments These assignments will be related to and distributed with the reading materials.

Submit an original academic work (a paper, chapter, or article you have written) for a personal one-on-one review with a CSN mentor during the CSN. This paper must be written in or translated into English.

Attend and prepare for two webinars for mentoring, learning and building relationships.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in participating in this year's Cambridge Scholars Network, please:
  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Have a pastor or spiritual mentor who knows you well submit a pastoral reference on your behalf.
  3. Have a professor or academic advisor who knows you well submit an academic reference on your behalf.

Please note that the pastoral reference form differs from the academic reference form, so please be sure that you send the correct link.

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