Revd Jesse Zink - Director
Revd Jesse Zink
Tel: +44 (0)1223 330641
Jesse is the director of the Centre whilst the former director, Dr Emma Wild-Wood, takes up a fixed term post at the Divinty Faculty, University of Cambridge.
Jesse is ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States. Prior to ordination, he served as a missionary in Mthatha, South Africa, an experience he chronicled in his book, Grace at the Garbage Dump: Making Sense of Mission in the 21st Century (Cascade, 2012).
He has traveled widely in the world church, with a particular focus on seminaries, theological colleges, and clergy education. These travels formed the basis of his book Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity
(Morehouse, 2014). It offers snapshots of Anglican life at the grassroots level of the church around the world and argues that, in a globalised world, unity is central to the mission of a worldwide communion. More information on both books as well as his other writings is at
Jesse has recently completed a PhD at Cambridge University where his research focused on religious change and church growth in southern Sudan during the civil war in the 1980s and 1990s.
As director, Jesse oversees the life and mission of the Centre, ranging from the Intercultural Encounter program to the library and archive. As someone who has both spent plenty of time in libraries and archives for his research and benefited from programs similar to the Encounter, he is keen to make the full riches of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide widely available to all who are interested.