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Meeting Chris Hanning

Over the next few weeks, we are going to post some interviews with new members of the student team to get to know them a bit better before term starts. This week it's Chris (second from the left)...


How long have you been in London? What first brought you here?

I first arrived in 2006 for an internship after uni, and nothing’s dragged me away since.

What do you get up to when you're not hanging out with the CCM students?

Having recently been married to Charis, we’re spending a lot of our time settling into married life! My second new love is DIY - drilling holes and nailing things is surprisingly addictive (worryingly so?). I also enjoy cricket when I get the time and when my club is desperate enough to call me up, which isn’t often.

What was your degree? What was the best thing about it?

If you blow the dust off the records, they’ll show I did history. I loved studying a whole range of different periods and continents (I wasn’t much of a specialist). But the best thing was using my dissertation as an excuse for a two-week holiday to Istanbul. No my dissertation wasn’t on kebabs, but I did the research for it anyway.

What are you looking forward to about the student team this year?

It’s my first year at SKG, so I’m looking forward to the unexpected! Seriously I’m really exciting about studying Acts with our international group – it’s a book about the gospel going out to all nations, so it’ll be great to think through how we reach those who don’t know Jesus, both in London and in our home countries. And it will be great getting to know each other really well and sharing our lives over the course of the year (no doubt aided by the bonding agent of food, food and more food).

Tell us one verse of the Bible that's been exciting you recently and why.

I’ve been reading through the Sermon on the Mount, where everything revolves around Jesus’ opening words: “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3). Is that exciting? It sure is. It’s Jesus’ invitation/command that we keep coming to him humbly, knowing we have no spiritual worth on our own. But also that, when we come to him humbly and trust in his salvation, we are truly blessed – we have the dignity and joy of being a forgiven child of God. What a daily tonic!