Laurence Kirkpatrick studied Ancient History and Theology at Queen’s University (QUB) and Early Church History at the University of Glasgow. He was minister of Muckamore Presbyterian Church for 12 years before his appointment as Professor of Church History in Union Theological College (UTC) in 1996. He has wide administrative experience of academic advisement and course development, serving as UTC Secretary of Faculty (1998-2007) and QUB Advisor of Studies (2000-07). He is currently Chair of the Practical Theology, Systematic Theology and Church History Subject Board of the Queen’s University Institute of Theology. He has delivered numerous public lectures, most recently the Robert Allen Lecture on Theological Education, the Carey Lectures on Irish Presbyterian Mission to Manchuria and several community events marking the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the Authorised King James Bible. He will deliver the Comber Titanic Centenary Lecture in April 2012 and also presented a paper at and edited the papers of The 1912 Ulster Covenant and Citizenship Conference in April 2012. He co-organised the Calvin Anniversary Conference in Union College in September 2009. He will present a paper at The Open University Religious Difference and Conflict Conference in Belfast in September 2012. He also instigated and organises the Institute of Theology Annual RE Sixth Form Forum in 2010 which is attended by 300 sixth formers.