Debra Reid BD MA PhD

Director of Spurgeon’s Online Learning and Tutor in Old Testament


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 lovely boys! She is married to David, who works in Sutton. They are members of Horley Baptist Church where Debra is particularly involved with the work with special needs children.

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), the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP), and the Dictionary of the OT: Pentateuch (IVP). 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. 2009 brought the publication of the Collins Bible Companion with which she was involved both as a writer and a consultant. She continues to act as biblical consultant for a reference book editor and is involved in writing and editing a number of Bible reference books.

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 so much my contact with students, ministers and colleagues alike. It is particularly exciting to be involved with making theological education available through Spurgeon's 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.'

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