New Principal for St Hild College announced

First published on: 14th March 2023

The Trustees of St Hild College are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Daniel McGinnis as the next Principal of St Hild College. 

Daniel is currently Vice Principal for St Hild Sheffield, and will take up the role after Mark Powley’s departure at Easter. 

Before joining St Hild, Daniel led a team in planting a church in Sheffield and launched the Leeds School of Theology. 

He has been involved in the leadership of St Hild as one of two Vice Principals since its launch in 2017. 

Daniel’s doctoral work was in New Testament studies, and has recently been published as ‘Missional Acts: Rhetorical Narrative in the Acts of the Apostles.’ 

He is a member of the British New Testament Society and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. 

Daniel said: “I am honoured and humbled to be asked to take up the role of Principal, and excited to help lead St Hild into the future.  

“My love for the college runs deep, and I sense that God's vision for what's to come is full of opportunity.  

“While I'm sad to be saying goodbye to Mark, who has been a dear friend and colleague for these last eight years, I am thrilled to be moving forward alongside such a strong and capable team, and I know our shared task of forming and training the next generation of spiritual leaders in our region will be significant and pivotal in the coming years.”

Bishop John Thomson, Chair of St Hild Council, said: “Daniel has been integral to the formation and development of St Hild over recent years. 

“We discern in him the charisms needed to guide the college in this next season and we are confident that, working with the strong St Hild senior team, he can build on the fruitful partnerships that have been established.”

Graham Ensor, Baptist Vice-chair of Council, added: “We have been impressed with Daniel’s character and gifts, and we’re grateful that he is willing to offer leadership to the college at such a crucial time. 

“Daniel has much to bring to our shared task of re-gospelling the North of England and I am looking forward to working towards this together.”

Outgoing principal, Mark Powley welcomed the appointment, and said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside Daniel for the last eight years. 

“He knows the history of St Hild and, crucially, how the college can step forward into the future. 

“Daniel has my full confidence as the next Principal, and I’m delighted that the next chapter will develop under his leadership.”

St Hild College was formed in in 2017 through the merger of The Yorkshire Ministry Course and St Barnabas Theological Centre, and provides theological training as a diverse and mission-focussed college strengthening Christian ministry in Yorkshire and the surrounding region.

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