An avowed atheist, Nicky Gumbel was converted to Christianity in his first year at Trinity College, Cambridge through reading the New Testament. He said, ‘I was enthralled. It was as if I had found what I had been looking for all my life.’
After graduating in law in 1976, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a practicing barrister. He became a regular worshipper at Holy Trinity Brompton, Knightsbridge. In 1983 Gumbel began theological studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford from where he graduated with an honours degree in theology. He was ordained in 1987 and was officially installed as Vicar of HTB in September 2005. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire as recognition of his broad contribution to the wider church via Alpha.