Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel is the pioneer of Alpha and Vicar of HTB in London, one of the largest Church of England churches in the UK. He is the author of many books and is married to Pippa.


After attending Hill House and Eton College, he read law at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1973-1975 (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 train for ordination in the Church of England. In December 2007, Nicky received an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to church life from the University of Gloucester.


Nicky joined HTB as curate to Vicar Sandy Millar in 1986. In 2005 Nicky became Vicar of HTB in succession to Bishop Sandy Millar. As well as Alpha, a wide diversity of Christian work is now running from HTB including The Marriage Courses and St Paul’s Theological Centre.


In 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over the running of HTB’s Alpha Course from fellow curate Nicky Lee. Developed as a short course at HTB London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith.

In 1993 the first Alpha conference for church leaders was held at Holy Trinity Brompton. It was attended by 1,000 leaders. The course then began to spread all over the UK in churches of every denomination. Since 1993, millions of people have tried Alpha, in 169 countries. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.


Nicky Gumbel has written a number of best selling books including Questions of LifeThe Jesus LifestyleSearching Issues and A Life Worth Living. He is the author of the free Bible reading app Bible in One Year.