BA (Hons) MTh, DMin, FHEA
Dean of Ministerial Formation
Tutor in Practical Theology
Mobile: 07425 809235
Seidel assumed his role as Dean of Ministerial Formation in 2022. He a member of the College’s senior executive and has responsibility for overseeing the ministerial formation process for three distinct categories of ministers at Spurgeon’s College: Ministers in Training (MiTs in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and wider Christian church), Newly Accredited Ministers (NAMs), and Recognised Local Ministers (RLMs). The scope of Seidel’s role encompasses the strategic supervision and management of ministerial formation activities across multiple locations. Specifically, ministerial formation programmes are delivered at two campuses, London and Birmingham. RLM training initiatives are conducted at three campuses: London, Birmingham, and Cambridge (Histon). Important ministerial formation work is done in partnership with four Baptist Associations (LB, EBA, SEBA and HEBA). Seidel is also Tutor in Practical Theology and teaches professional ministerial practice, mission, evangelism, apologetics, preaching and world religions.
Seidel holds a number of additional key roles. He is the Moderator of the national Baptist Union Council, a critical role in facilitating the strategic direction of the BUGB. He serves as an External Examiner (Durham University) for St Augustine’s College of Theology, Trinity College, Bristol, in collaboration with Bristol Baptist College. His is a Trustee of the IVP Publishing Board and Global Action UK. Seidel is a popular guest preacher and lecturer in many churches, colleges and organisations. In the past, he worked as the Director of Outreach and Lecturer at Capernwray Bible School; Development Officer at Moorlands College; and a Minister at Rosebery Park Baptist Church.
Seidel completed his doctoral work at the University of Chester and has a Master of Theology (MTh) degree with distinction in preaching from the University of Wales and a first-class honours degree (BA Hons) in Applied Theology from the University of Gloucestershire. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE) and holds a professional Higher Education Teaching Certificate from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University (HarvardX). He was chosen as the International Baptist Scholar in 2020 by the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) organised by Baylor University, Texas.
Fellowships and Memberships
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)
- Member of the Core Leadership Team, Baptist Union of Great Britain
- Member of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology
- Member of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians
- Member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics
2023: Book Chapter – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Kingdom Shaped Apologetics – Making Apologetics Accessible to All’, in Baptists and the Kingdom of God, ed. by Joao Chaves, Unpublished Chapter (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2022)
2023-24: Book – Seidel Abel Boanerges, Holistic Apologetic Preaching: An Innovative Approach to Apologetic Preaching
Academic Books, Chapters, Journal Articles and Book Reviews
2021: Book Co-editor – Anthony Reddie and Seidel Abel Boanerges (with Pamela Searle) (eds.), Intercultural Preaching (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2021)
2021: Book Chapter – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Theological and Contextual Foundations of Preaching’, in Intercultural Preaching, ed. by Anthony Reddie and Seidel Abel Boanerges (with Pamela Searle) (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2021), pp. 28-49.
2021: Book Sermon – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘What is the Meaning of Christmas’, in Intercultural Preaching, ed. by Anthony Reddie and Seidel Abel Boanerges (with Pamela Searle) (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2021), pp. 237-240.
2020: Foreword to Brian Harris, Why Christianity is Probably True: Building the Case for a Reasoned, Moral and Relevant Faith (Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2020), pp.xi-xvi.
Christian Magazines, Websites and Interviews
2021: Magazine Article – Lynn Green and Seidel Abel Boanerges, Baptists During the Pandemic: What is God saying to us?’, in Baptists Together Magazine, Spring 2022
2021: Interview with Premier Christian Radio – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Are You Resisting God’s Call?’, Weekly Show – Faith, Hope and Love with Maria Rodrigues, 12th October 2021.
2021: News Article – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Baptists Together During the Pandemic’, in Baptist Times, 28 September 2021, Baptist Union of Great Britain
2021: Magazine Article – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘A Unique Hope in the midst of Chaos and Uncertainty’, in Baptists Together Magazine, Autumn 2021
2021: Magazine Article – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘A Glorious Hope in Jesus Christ’, Kapari (‘The Shepherd’, An Indian Christian Leadership Magazine), March 2021, Hyderabad, India
2015-2021: Regular Contributor to Capernwray Magazine (yearly) and Capernwray Newsletter (weekly), Capernwray Hall and Bible School, Carnforth. I have written on several theological and current topics.
2015-2020: Regular Contributor to The Christian Hope, an Indian Christian magazine, Hyderabad, India. I have written a series on the 12 Apostles, 12 Women of the Bible and several theological and current topics.
2018: Interview with Rev Prof Philip McCormack and Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Spurgeon’s: A Multicultural College’, in Baptists Together Magazine, Spring 2018, p.27.
2010-2018: Regular Contributor to The Goodnews Magazine, Rosebery Park Baptist Church, Bournemouth, UK. I have written on several theological and current topics.