This year's scholars

This year we are delighted to welcome three outstanding scholars onto the team studying for MPhil and DPhil degrees in New Testament at Oxford.

Noel Cheong

Noel first arrived in Oxford as an undergraduate in 2016 reading Theology & Religion, having previously spent most of his life in Singapore. Much to his own surprise, he then stuck around to do a Masters, and is now pursuing a DPhil in the New Testament. Noel is especially interested in cross-cultural ministry. He has worked with Christian organisations in Singapore, Nepal, Israel-Palestine, and the UK, and he finds great joy in equipping believers to share the Gospel with those who seem culturally different. When he isn’t burying his nose in books, Noel enjoys drumming, playing football, and rambling around Oxfordshire.

Andrew Cowan

Andrew moved to Oxford with his family in 2017 to begin graduate study while preparing for ordained ministry, and is currently mid-way through a doctorate in New Testament. His academic study is sustained by a passion for faithful gospel ministry in the local church, following a decade spent working amongst students in London and witnessing God’s powerfully transformative grace at work in their lives as well as his own. Andrew is married to Heather and they have three small children together. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing acoustic guitar, home-roasting coffee, and traditional book-binding (and being a cliché).

Alberto Solano Zatarain

Before moving to Oxford in 2020 to study a Master of Philosophy in New Testament, Alberto and his family lived in Guadalajara, Mexico where they served as missionaries. While serving as a local pastor and instructor at a small seminary, Alberto saw first-hand the need to train future ministers and leaders in the Spanish speaking church. This led him to pursue further theological education in the UK. Alberto and Kathy have two daughters and are members of Oxford Evangelical Presbyterian Church.