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Meeting Loz Oliphant

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 Loz, with his sharp new haircut...

Loz

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

I’ve been a Londoner for about 26 and ¾ years. I’m one of an increasingly rare breed. I was BORN in London! Radical I know. So I guess my parents kind of first brought me here.

What were you doing last year?

I was working for a Students’ Union. It’s kind of the closest thing you can do to becoming a professional student. I did a lot of emails, a risk assessment for bungee jumping on campus and put my body on the line by supporting as many charities as possible at multiple student cake sales. You could say that I never really graduated from being a student. Arguably I still haven’t by becoming an apprentice.

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

Sociology. The best thing about it? People. I liked my lecturers and it’s a subject that is focussed on people. Trying to understand them individually and collectively. It is a really interesting subject because people are really interesting. Sadly as a subject focussed on people it leaves out God. It therefore helped me to think a bit more about what worldviews we have and why we have them. I’m very happy to point anyone towards some resources to help them think through how to engage with different worldviews that their studies may throw up.

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

Knowing Jesus well and making Jesus well known. They are both things that student stuff at CCM has really helped me to do over the past eight years! I really hope and pray that God would enable me to help you in both those things too. The mid-week student stuff is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how God grows us through the rich times we will enjoy together.

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

I recently came across one of my favourite verses which is Galatians 2:20 (NIV84) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” It’s important to remember that we are saved into a community of believers but this verse particularly reminds us of the personal love God has for us as individuals and how that was so clearly shown through Jesus giving himself for us by dying on the cross in our place.