South Wales Baptist College appoints new Co-Principals
The Trustees of the South Wales Baptist College, Cardiff are pleased to announce that they have appointed the Revd Dr Rosa Hunt and the Revd Dr Ed Kaneen to serve as Co-Principals, from September next year. They will succeed the Revd Dr Peter Stevenson, who will be retiring next summer after leading the college over the last eight years.
Rosa is currently an Associate Tutor at the College, alongside her role as Pastor of Salem Baptist Chapel, Tonteg where she will continue to serve on a part-time basis. Rosa grew up in Malta but went to England for her sixth form education. She studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, which was where she met her husband Francis. After a period teaching maths, they spent time in France before moving to Wales in 2006. Following ministerial training at South Wales Baptist College she was called to be Associate Minister at Bethel Baptist Penyrheol in 2010, combining this with work for a PhD in patristic hermeneutics through the International Baptist Theological Seminary. Serving in a bilingual chapel, Salem, Tonteg, she makes the most of every opportunity to speak Welsh.
Rosa is passionate about giving ministerial candidates and church leaders the best possible opportunity not only to receive an excellent theological education, but also to have their characters moulded into the image of Christ as they share in the life of the college community. She is very excited about the prospect of contributing to this strategic task, working alongside Ed, and other colleagues at Cardiff.
Ed has been serving as Tutor in Biblical Studies at the College since 2012. He grew up in the Isle of Man but has connections with Wales through his mother, whose family lived in Bangor. After studying Computer Science and working for BT, he trained for ministry at Regent's Park College, Oxford before serving as a Baptist minister in a newly planted church in Sussex. While there, he undertook postgraduate studies at King's College, London, before going on to gain a New Testament PhD at Durham University. With his family, he is a member of Ararat Baptist Church in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
When asked how he felt about the appointment, Ed said, 'I am genuinely thrilled about the opportunity to share with Rosa in this significant role. In a period of ongoing change for Wales and beyond, I particularly look forward to working with Christians of different denominations to serve God creatively in our nation'.
The Revd D. Marc Owen, chair of the Cardiff college trustees, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to make this exciting joint appointment and believe that Ed and Rosa will be able to provide positive leadership as the College moves into the next stage of its work equipping people for relevant forms of ministry and mission.’