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Prof. Steve Walton

Honorary Research Fellow

Steve’s passion is to help others engage with the NT for themselves, and he is therefore an enthusiastic teacher of Greek. He co-authored a Gospels and Acts textbook, Exploring the New Testament, Vol.1 (now in a second (revised) edition, 2011), as well as writing a scholarly study of Acts and 1 Thessalonians, Leadership and Lifestyle, and a book on vocation for all Christians, A Call to Live. His major research project is the Word Biblical Commentary on Acts.

Prior to coming to Tyndale House, Steve served on a church staff, in student ministry with UCCF, advised people on God's call with the Church Pastoral Aid Society, was a househusband, a bishop's chaplain, and has lectured at Bedford College, St John’s College, Nottingham, and London School of Theology.

Steve is married to Ali, who teaches at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, and they live with their Border Terrier, Dougal. Steve is a retired international volleyball referee and now works in training and developing other referees, which takes him around the world from time to time.

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BSc (Hons) (Birmingham); MA (Cantab); PhD (Sheffield)


  • Professor of New Testament, London School of Theology, 2011-13
  • Senior Lecturer in Greek and New Testament, London School of Theology, 2003-11 [also Director of Research 2008-11]
  • Lecturer in Greek and New Testament, and Academic Secretary, London School of Theology, 1999-2002
  • Lecturer in New Testament, St John's College, Nottingham, 1995-99
  • Chaplain to the Bishop of St Albans, 1994-95
  • Visiting Lecturer, St John's College Nottingham and Bedford College of Higher Education, 1993-94
  • Vocation and Ministry Adviser, Church Pastoral Aid Society, 1986-92
  • Assistant Curate, St Andrew's Church, Bebington, 1983-86
  • UCCF Travelling Secretary (Staffworker), 1980-83




Honorary Research Fellow, Tyndale House, Cambridge


Scholarly activities:

  • Co-chair, the Book of Acts section, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Steering committee member, Biblical Lexicography section, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Co-chair, Acts seminar, British New Testament Society
  • Editorial Board, Library of New Testament Studies (T & T Clark/Bloomsbury)
  • Member, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ


Current research includes:

  • Acts, for the Word Biblical Commentary
  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians, for the Baylor Handbook to the Greek New Testament



  • [with David Wenham] Exploring the New Testament, vol. 1: The Gospels and Acts (London: SPCK/Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2001; second [revised and updated] edition, 2011; Korean translation: Seoul, Scripture Union, 2007).
  • Leadership and Lifestyle: The Portrait of Paul in the Miletus Speech and 1 Thessalonians (SNTS Monograph Series 108; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • A Call to Live (London: Triangle, 1994).
  • [edited with Thomas E. Phillips, Lloyd K. Pietersen & F. Scott Spencer] Reading Acts Today: Essays in Honour of Loveday Alexander (Library of NT Studies 427; London; T. & T. Clark, 2011).


Recent articles and book chapters:

  • 'What is Progress in New Testament Studies?' in Expository Times 124.5 (Feb 2013) 209-26.
  • 'What Does “Mission” in Acts in Mean in Relation to the “Powers That Be”?' in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55/3 (Oct 2012) 537-56.
  • 'Whose Spirit? The Promise and the Promiser in Luke 12:12' in The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology: Essays in Honour of Max Turner, ed. I. Howard Marshall, Cornelis Bennema & Volker Rabens (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012) 35-51.
  • 'How Mighty a Minority Were the Hellenists?' in Earliest Christianity: History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honour of Martin Hengel, ed. Michael F. Bird & Jason Maston (WUNT; Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2012) 197-217.
  • 'A Spirituality of Acts?' in Reading Acts Today, ed. Steve Walton, Thomas E. Phillips, Lloyd K. Pietersen & F. Scott Spencer (Library of NT Studies 427; London; T. & T. Clark, 2011) 186-201.
  • 'Paul, Patronage and Pay: What do we Know about the Apostle's Financial Support?' in Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology and Practice, ed. Trevor J. Burke & Brian S. Rosner (Library of NT Studies 420; London: T. & T. Clark, 2011) 220-33.
  • 'Trying Paul or Trying Rome? Judges and Accused in the Roman Trials of Paul in Acts' in Luke-Acts and Empire: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Brawley, ed. David Esterline, David Rhoads & Jae Won Lee (Pickwick Theological Monograph Series; Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010) 122-41.
  • '“The Heavens Opened”: Cosmological and Theological Transformation in Luke and Acts' in Cosmology and New Testament Theology, ed. Jonathan T. Pennington & Sean M. McDonough (Library of NT Studies 355; London: T & T Clark International, 2008) 60-73.