Rev Seidel Abel Boanerges, BA (Hons) MTh, FHEA
Dean of Ministerial Formation and Development (Designate)
Tutor in Christian Mission and Theology
Seidel is the newly appointed Dean of Ministerial Formation and Development at Spurgeon’s College. The ministerial dean is a senior executive and part of the Senior Management Team. Currently, under transition phase, the ministerial dean is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Spurgeon’s ministerial formation, education and training for the nationally accredited ministry – Ministers in Training (MiTs), Newly Accredited Ministers (NAMs) and Lay Ministerial Training (ETM) for the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the wider church. In addition, Seidel also teaches practical theology subjects such as mission, evangelism, apologetics, world religions, homiletics and ministerial training.
Seidel has a first-class honours degree in Applied Theology (University of Gloucestershire); a Master of Theology (MTh) degree in preaching with distinction (University of Wales); and he is currently finishing a professional doctorate in practical theology (University of Chester). He is a Baptist Minister; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE), and has a professional Higher Education Teaching Certificate from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (HarvardX). Recently, he has been selected as a Baptist Scholar for the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) organised by Baylor University, Texas.
Seidel grew up in Hyderabad, India, and after his initial studies in Commerce (BCom), he worked with GE Consumer Finance as an Assistant Manager. After his theological education and ministerial training in the UK, he was accredited and ordained as a Baptist Minister by the Baptist Union of Great Britain. In the past, he worked as the Director of Outreach and Lecturer at Capernwray Bible School; Development Officer at Moorlands College; a Minister at Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Assistant Youth Worker at St. Andrews Church, Charminster, Bournemouth. During his time at Moorlands, he regularly spoke on an apologetics radio show on 90.1 Hope FM, discussing theological and contemporary issues regarding the Christian faith.
Seidel is the Moderator of the Baptist Union Council, guest lectures at a few UK and European theological colleges, and guest preacher and speaker at several churches, organisations, and conferences. He is married to Linda, and they have a daughter called Nina.
- Equipped to Minister:
- 517 Mission and Evangelism
- BA Level 4:
- 150 Introduction to Mission
- 153 Missional Church
- BA Level 5:
- 256 Evangelism and the Local Church
- 260 Contemporary Homiletics
- 273 Christian Apologetics
- BA Level 6:
- 372 Pioneer Ministry
- 362 & 364 Chaplaincy
- 390 & 391 Dissertation Supervision
- MA, MTh Level 7:
- 456 Preaching, Worship, Pastoral Care
- 741 Preaching – Theology and Practice
- 742 Gospel and Contemporary Thought and Culture
- 760 Mission and Ministry in Contemporary Society
- 490 Dissertation Supervision
- Ministerial Formation: Professional Ministry and Practice (various levels)
Fellowships and Memberships
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)
- 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
Academic Books, Chapters, Journal Articles and Book Reviews
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.
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.
2015 – present: Regular Contributor to Capernwray Magazine (yearly) and Capernwray Newsletter (weekly), Capernwray Hall and Bible School. 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.
2021: Magazine Article – ‘A Unique Hope in the midst of Chaos and Uncertainty’, in Baptists Together Magazine, Autumn 2021
2022: Book Chapter – Seidel Abel Boanerges, ‘Kingdom Shaped Apologetics – Making Apologetics Accessible to All’, in Baptists and the Kingdom of God, ed. by Joao Chaves (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2022)