Aaron & Andy
Meet our co-hosts Andy Bannister & Aaron Edwards
Andy and Aaron are fellow friends, evangelists, academics, preachers, thinkers, and podcasters. They’ve known each other for a few years, having first started working together in teaching & mission contexts. One day they were sat in a teashop in Bakewell, pontificating about all that needed to be said in the world today, and observed that Christians never seemed to be the ones saying so much of what needed saying. And thus, Pod of the Gaps was born!
In the early episodes of the podcast, we not only had another fellow podcaster but we also didn’t actually have a name! So, we asked our listeners to send in their suggestions, with the lucky winner from New Zealand who came up with our podcast name, which suits pretty well what we’re trying to do in plugging the gaps between the Church and the culture.
Today, we’re delighted to see even more listeners from all over the world regularly listening and responding positively to the show. We regularly hear from people how much the conversations are helping people think and pray through important issues in refreshing and insightful ways, as well as giving them encouragement to stand up and speak up for their faith amidst the many challenges of our time.
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Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology and is also Adjunct Faculty at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.
Aaron contributes regularly to various theology, mission and ministry-based publications, blogs, podcasts, and other media. He is also a preacher and an evangelist, with various experience of different UK-based and cross-cultural mission. His church background is Reformed evangelical and charismatic, (Newfrontiers and NCMI), where he has often served local churches in various pastoral, leadership, and missional capacities. He currently co-leads a men’s ministry called Being Men. He is married and the father of five homeschooled children, with whom he enjoys literature, music, movies, and playing football for his local team.