Meet Augustine

Read about me and what I’ve achieved so far in my life.

A Little Introduction

 K. Augustine Tanner-Ihm is a charismatic Afro-American educator, theologian, pastor, activist, leader, mentor, trustee, presenter, speaker, and missiologist based in the United Kingdom. He has spoken at the Stonewall National Workplace Conference, Pride, and Glory Festival Manchester, The Durham Union, BBC Breakfast, Church of England General Synod, UK Houses of Parliament, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4, BBC Songs of Praise, and Channel 5. He has written articles in the Church Times, The Moody Standard, and The Church of England Newspaper.  He has read degrees in Education and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University, Iowa State University, St. Mellitus College, Sacum College, and the University of Durham. He has traveled to Canada, USA, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, N. Africa, Scotland, and Northern Ireland giving sermons and talks on inclusion, race, and spirituality. He enjoys traveling, writing stand-up, doing athletics, and making people smile.

Augustine Tanner-Ihm is an exceptionally gifted individual. A published writer, accomplished theologian, inspiring speaker and presenter, he somehow finds the time to also educate and campaign for judicial reform.

Growing up in Chicago, he has travelled the globe speaking on matters close to his heart, such as race, reconciliation and spirituality. He has presented at schools all over the UK and the USA and is an important figure in advocating for inclusion and diversion in the wider society.

An accomplished speaker, he has spoken at several LGBTQ+ events such as the Stonewall National Workplace Conference, Pride and Glory Festival Manchester. Moreover, he featured as a guest speaker at the Durham Student Union, BBC Breakfast, Church of England General Synod, the Houses of Parliament, and has featured numerous times on radio for the BBC.

Augustine has written for the Church Times, The Moody Standard and The Church of England Newspaper. With degrees in Education and Theology from Durham University, he has previously studied at Northwestern University, Iowa State University, Sarum College and St Mellitus College.

Augustine enjoys travelling, writing stand-up, athletics, reading politics and making people smile. His life motto is investing in others to be the best version of themselves, and he surely is on the path to achieving this.

My Story

Throughout my life, I have spoken at various events, churches, seminars, retreats conferences, and have over 15 years of public speaking experience. From secondary schools to comedy show events to Theology conferences, I given my point of view and presented on a variety of diferent subject matters.
I have authored over 150 articles from Academic Conferences at Regent’s Park Oxford to Preach Magazine. As well, I’m currently writing a book about spiritual abuse recovery and a second book about Postcolonial Leadership and Psychological Safety.

“Augustine has been blessed with many gifts: prophetic insight, clear communication, and contagious joy. He will help you recognize God’s call to justice, and inspire you to pursue it along with him.”

Jacob Quick

Lay Reader at the Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Brussels, Belgium

“I have journeyed with Augustine over the last few years as he has sought to fulfil his ministry vocation.  It has been an incredibly hard journey for him with many disappointments and unjust obstacles along the way.  I am deeply impressed by his commitment, perseverance and sense of joy he carries even in the darkest of times.  Augustine is a wonderful gift to the church.”

Simon Friend

Exeter Diocese Lay Rep to General Synod 2018 to 2021

” Augustine has candour, vigour and humour; all lovely to work with.”

Rev. Lucy Berry

Trustee of The Open Table Network

Results & Accomplishments

Member of the Tribe of the Nani Ba Zhu

This is an Honour Society at Camp Edwards YMCA in which you serve and earn membership after years of goals and dedication to the organisation.

Students Travelling Aboard Scholar

Granted to travel to Australia and New Zealand to conduct research on Racial Reconciliation for 8 weeks.

Forensic Coach and Judge

I spent over 10 years at DeKalb School District in De Kalb, Illinois. My job included coaching students aged 14-18 in speaking events ranging from acting to political satire. I judged speech tournaments as well.

St. John’s College Epiphany Awards

This is an award I received for the dedication to the life and leadership of the college. Leavers from the college are given an award if they are nominated and voted for by the committee.

Experience

 

  • Recruit Assessor, College of Policing, 2020 – Present

 

  • Presenter, Durham University, 2020 – Present

 

  • National Student Union Delegate, Durham Students’ Union, 2020 – Present

 

  • Ordinard Association Representative, The Ordinard Association, 2018 – 2019

 

  • Teacher and Youth Worker, Karlstad, Sweden, 2017 – 2018

 

  • Student Ambassador and Admissions, Moody Bible Institute, 2008 – 2013

 

  • Teacher and Resident Assistant, Centre for Talent Development, 2011 – 2013

Education

  • Masters in Theological Studies, Durham University, 2019 – 2020

 

  • BA in Theological Studies, Durham University, 2017 – 2020

  • Masters of Education, Northwestern University, 2012 – 2013

  • Bachelor of Education, Moody Bible Institute, 2008 – 2012

  • Bachelor of Theological Studies, Moody Bible Institute, 2008 – 2012

  • Bachelor of Religious Studies, Iowa State University, 2008 – 2011

Volunteering

 

  • Faith and Inclusion Mentor, Stonewall, 2016 – 2019

 

  • Teacher, Church of England, 2017 – Present

 

  • Camp Counselor, Edwards YMCA camp, 2010 – 2018