Director of Spurgeon’s Online Learning; Tutor in Old Testament; Newly Accredited Ministers' Supervisor
Debra Reid became a tutor at Spurgeon's College in September 1987, having trained at Cardiff, University of Wales, where she also had undertaken some Hebrew teaching. Debra was brought up in East London and spent much of her childhood at The East London Tabernacle, a church founded by CH Spurgeon.
Debra has always been involved with students studying on a part-time and distance learning basis and was originally responsible for teaching the students who were completing the Cambridge Diploma in Religious Studies.
She is now the Director of Spurgeon's Online Learning and combines this role with supervising Newly Accredited Ministers and negotiating their learning contracts. However, Debra insists that her most challenging work has been bringing up her three energetic boys! She is married to David and they are members of Horley Baptist Church.
Debra's own research interests lie in Old Testament language and translation work. She has been involved with the publication of a variety of Bible editions and new translations (including the NIV Inclusive Language Anglicised Edition, the New Light Bible, the Bible for Beginners, and the NIV Thematic Bible). She has contributed articles to the New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan, 1997) and the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP, 1998). In 1998 and 2000 respectively Debra's contribution to the IVP Crossways Bible Guides series resulted in the publication of the second volume on the Psalms and her volume on Ruth and Esther. In 2002, for some light relief after the birth of her third son, she contributed to and then edited The Ultimate Bible Quiz and Fact Book published by Arcturus. 2008 saw the publication of her commentary on Esther in the Tyndale OT Commentary series (recently translated and published in Korean). 2009 brought the publication of the Collins Bible Companion with which she was involved both as a writer and a consultant, followed by Open Your Bible (Harper Collins, 2010). Working with Martin Manser (a reference book editor) for Lion Publishing House their Compact Guide to the Bible was published in 2010 (now available in 5 languages) and their Who’s Who of the Bible was published in 2012 (recently translated and published in Portuguese). She was Old Testament consultant for The Dorling Kingsley Illustrated Family Bible (2012).She continues to act as biblical consultant for reference books. She has recently contributed an article entitled, “Leadership in Esther” which is due to be published in Biblical Foundations of Leadership: Exegesis for the Everyday Leader, eds. Benjamin K. Forrest and Chet Roden (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, forthcoming).
In terms of her professional development, Debra accesses relevant training provided by the Higher Education Academy (particularly in relation to learning technologies) and has successfully completed MOOCs offered by a variety of UK and international Universities in relation to online and blended learning.
Of her work at Spurgeon's Debra says, 'It is an immense privilege to be involved with the work of Spurgeon's College. I enjoy and benefit from my contact with students, ministers and colleagues alike. It is particularly exciting to be involved with making theological education available through Online Learning because this brings me into contact with students throughout this country and indeed throughout the world who are eager to learn more about God's Word and God's work.'