The Rev Nadim Nassar is the director and co-founder of the Awareness Foundation, and co-author of the Awareness Course. He established the Awareness Foundation in 2003 with Bishop Michael Marshall in response to the growing need to study the Christian faith in the context of the 21st century.
He is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group, the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom, and he advises the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nadim Nassar lectures, speaks and teaches in the Middle East, Europe and the US; he leads diocesan conferences in the US, UK and Hong Kong. He gives frequent public lectures for many organisations, including the Ismaili Centre, the Christian Muslim Forum and Near Neighbours, and has contributed articles to Britain’s Guardian and Daily Telegraph daily newspapers, as well as The Tablet. He has been interviewed many times on TV, radio and in print. In addition to his work at St Nicholas Deptford, Nadim preaches at churches across London; he has preached at both St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Nadim was born and raised in Lattakia, Syria and he is the only Syrian priest in the Church of England. He lectured in different universities in London, including the American Intercontinental University where he taught world religions, and London Guildhall University where he developed the Faith and Citizenship seminar. He studied at the Near East School of Theology between 1981 and 1988 during the Lebanese Civil War, which had a profound effect on him and his faith. He became the editor of the Arabic Hymnal for a year in Limassol, Cyprus then went to Lattakia, Syria to be the minister of the National Evangelical Church in Lattakia which is a member of the National Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon. He stayed in Lattakia for two years before he went to Germany to continue his theological education.