Nicky Gumbel bio

Nicky Gumbel is vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, a Church of England church in central London. He studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge, from1973-1975 (M.A. Cantab) and practised as a barrister from 1977-1983.

In 1983, he went to Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, to read theology (M.A. Oxon)and to train for ordination in the Church of England. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (Hon D. Phil) from the University of Gloucestershire in 2007 for his contribution to church life. He joined Holy Trinity Brompton as curate to Sandy Millar in 1986. He took over the running of Holy Trinity Brompton's Alpha course - a practical introduction to the Christian faith - in October 1990. The course grew rapidly and attracted wide interest. The first Alpha conference was held at Holy Trinity Brompton in May 1993 and in 1996 the Bishop of London appointed Nicky as an Alpha Chaplain. In 2005 he was appointed vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton as successor to Sandy Millar. He became Vice President of Tear Fund in 2008.

More than 210,000 church leaders have been trained to run Alpha courses, which are now running in 166 countries. There are almost 8,500 courses running in the UK and almost 55,000 world-wide. Eighty per cent of the prisons in the UK are now running Alpha. An estimated 16 million people have completed the course world-wide. In 1998, Alpha extended an ‘invitation to the nation’, inviting the whole of the UK to attend an Alpha course. Similar national initiatives took place in 1999-2008 and another is set to take place in September 2009. Sir David Frostpresented a 10-part series on Alpha for ITV in autumn 2001 with a follow up series at the end of 2007.

Nicky Gumbel has written several books. Questions of Life - the Alpha course in book form - was published in 1993 and is the Alpha course syllabus in book format. It was declared 'Christian Book of the Year 1994' at the Christian Booksellers Convention and has sold more than a million copies world-wide. The evangelistic booklet Why Jesus? and its sister publication Why Christmas? have sold more than four million copies.

Nicky speaks regularly at national and international Alpha conferences.

He is married to Pippa. They live in central London and have three children, Henry, Jonathan and Rebecca. He celebrated the birth of his first grandson Albert in October 2011.