Meet Augustine

Here’s an introduction to me and my life

My life motto is to invest in others who will invest in those to become the best version of themselves. This begins with a conversation and figuring out a person’s morals, values and principles. And you begin to help them come home to their true selves.

A Bit of History

 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.

Results & Accomplishments

Theology Slam 2020 Champion

After being denied a curacy in part because of my race, I delivered a talk on theology and race that won the UK’s second Theology Slam competition, broadcast digitally on June 23.

“It’s not about cheap diversity, but belonging,” I emphasized in my address. “Accessibility is being able to get into the building. Diversity is getting invited to the table. Inclusion is having a voice at the table. But belonging is having your voice heard at the table.”

The talk has been heard by hundreds who tuned in live via YouTube to watch the online final on Tuesday evening. In the following days, my words reached even more eyes as part of the contest’s prize is publication of the winning script in the Church Times.

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.

“It’s not about cheap diversity, but belonging”

This is a quote from the Theology Slam 2020 Final, where I talked about Religion and Race


  • 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


  • 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


  • Faith and Inclusion Mentor, Stonewall, 2016 – 2019 


  • Teacher, Church of England, 2017 – Present


  • Camp Counselor, Edwards YMCA camp, 2010 – 2018

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