Summer Institute 2023

World Christianity Summer Institute and Catalysing Leaders Conference

Jointly organised by CCCW and the International Advocacy Centre of the British and Foreign Bible Society

Theme: The Bible: Everywhere in Everyday Life

Dates: 2-7 July 2023

Venue: Westminster College, Cambridge, UK

There are two events during this week open to the public.

A Book Launch, Georgina Gollock: Pioneer Female Missiologist (CCCW, 2023), by Ian Randall, and Foreword by Dana L. Robert and Afterword by Graham Kings, on Monday 3 July 2023, at 7–8 pm. The event is blended (Healey Room, Westminster College, as well as on Zoom). Refreshments afterwards.

A Public Lecture by Prof John Barton FBA (on Zoom), on “The Unchanging Bible for an Ever-Changing Readership: Biblical Translation in Global Culture,” on Wednesday 5 July 2023, 5–6.15 pm. The event is blended (Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road, CB3 9DP, and on Zoom). Refreshments afterwards.

To register and for a Zoom link please email


Keynote Address

THE REVD PROF ESTHER E. ACOLATSE is a Professor of Pastoral Theology and World Christianity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological College, Evanston, USA. A graduate of the University of Ghana (BA Hons), Harvard University Divinity School (MTS), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD), she taught Pastoral Theology and World Christianity at Duke University for several years. She is the author of For Freedom or Bondage: A Critique of African Pastoral Practices and PowersPrincipalities and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West, both published by Wm. B. Eerdmans.

Public lecture

THE REVD PROF. JOHN BARTON FBA is Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. His research focus is in the areas of Biblical canon, biblical ethics, prophets, hermeneutics, and history of biblical scholarship. He is Editor-in-chief, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Religion. His recent books include The Word: On the Translation of the Bible (2022), A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths (2019), and The Bible: The Basics (2018).

DR ABY ALEXANDAR is the Asst. Executive Director of the Christian Institute of Management, Chennai India that conducts a distinguished Christian approach to Management and Leadership. With a commerce (PG), HR (PhD) and M.Div. background, he brings a distinct approach to Christian leadership and management along with his colleagues. He has co-edited Christian Management in a VUCA world: Reflections from a global pandemic context (2022), Legal Handbook for Leaders of Churches NGOs and Theological Students (2021), Management Education in Theological Institutions (2019), and Basic Management Handbook (2011) and contributed numerous articles and talks.

HIS EMINENCE ARCHIBISHOP ANGAELOS was enthroned as the first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, having served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999. In addition to this new role, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, has also seen it fit that he continue representing the Church in the United Kingdom at the ecumenical and official level as Papal Legate, and thus conferred him with the ecclesial title of Archbishop of London. He is widely recognised for his extensive advocacy work, and as a result he was conferred the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘Services to International Religious Freedom.’ Archbishop Angaelos has also been conferred the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Coventry Cross of Nails for Reconciliation.

DR IVY CHAN. Worked as a contemporary artist in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Finished a M. Div. from the International Chinese Biblical Seminary in Europe and a Doctor of Worship Studies from Robert E. Webber Institute on Worship Studies in the United States. Have several years of experience in pastoral ministry in Europe and the United Kingdom, and currently collaborating with BFBS in promoting Bible Engagement.

THE REVD PROF ISRAEL DAVID is a theological educator from the Church of South India Rayalaseema Diocese, and is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Christian Ministry at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. His areas of specialization include pastoral theology, pastoral psychology and Pastoral Counselling with subaltern communities. He has previously worked for several years as chaplain of CSI mission hospitals. He is widely published and is the author of Maslow’s Self Actualisation and Ambedkar’s Dalits: Re-imagining Pastoral Care and Counselling (2019).

DR HAVILAH DHARAMRAJ is the Head of the Department of Biblical Studies at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India.  She earned her PhD in Old Testament from the University of Durham, UK. Her areas of academic interest are Old Testament narrative, reception-centred intertextuality that engages texts across the biblical canon, and comparative literature which converses biblical texts with the sacred texts of other faiths. Her books include Ruth: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary (2019), Altogether Lovely: A Thematic and Intertextual Reading of the Song of Songs (2018), and A Prophet Like Moses?: A Narrative-Theological Reading of the Elijah Cycle (2011).

PROF. DAVID F. FORD OBE is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College. He is married to Revd Deborah Ford (née Hardy), who is an Anglican priest and a psychotherapist; and they have three children, Rebecca, Rachel and Daniel, and two grandchildren. Alongside continuing work on Christian theology and on inter-faith relations, Professor Ford’s current research includes work on: the Gospel of John; glorification; theology, modernity and the arts; Scriptural Reasoning; contemporary worldviews; and education in schools and universities.  In 2021 Baker Academic will publish The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary.

THE REVD DR A KATHERINE GRIEB is the Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS). She has served the Anglican Communion in many roles. She has taught at Virginia Theological Seminary as Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament since 1994 and now combines her duties at CACS with teaching Biblical Greek and New Testament Interpretation. Her books include, The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God’s Righteousness (2002) which is widely used in seminaries, and Conversations with Scripture: Hebrews (2007). She has written extensively about preaching and has preached at Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and many Episcopal parishes in the United States.

DR JÖRG HAUSTEIN is Associate Professor for World Christianities at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is an expert on Pentecostal and Charismatic movements worldwide, with a particular interest in Ethiopia and Africa more generally, and has published widely in this area. He has also recently completed a major study on colonialism and Islam in German East Africa, which maps out the German colonial conversation on Islam and Christianity in Africa, including missionary discussions about language and Bible translations (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). He is a co-editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (2021), and The Pentecostal World (Routledge, 2023)

DR PETER HESLAM is the Director of Faith in Business in Cambridge. He has research interests at the interface of business, faith and development, as well as in the life and work of the public intellectual, social entrepreneur and statesman Abraham Kuyper. Peter’s interdisciplinary scholarship reflects his academic background in social science, history, ethics, missiology and theology. After serving on the faculty of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC), he has held various appointments at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and as a Visiting Professor at various research institutions around the world. His recent publications include the anthology Abraham Kuyper on Business and Economics (Lexham, 2021).

DR PAVLÍNA KAŠPAROVÁ is an Academic Coordinator at The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide and a Research Associate with The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. Her research interest is in applying art practice for theological scholarship. As a practising artist, she combines practice-based research methods and theological reflection to observe and test the human’s ability to understand, express and share knowledge outside of the linguistic frameworks. Her PhD thesis on Art as a Living Theology: Exploring Artist’s Vocation introduced a methodology of ‘theological visualisation’ which equips theologians as well as ministers and pastoral leaders with a creative approach to theology and religious practices. Ultimately, this approach can be applied by any practising believers to communicate their religious experience within and outside their traditions and cultures.

PROF. MUMO KISAU, PhD (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is a Professor of Biblical Studies at Africa International University,  Nairobi,  Kenya. He is the immediate former Vice Chancellor of Scott Christian University in Machakos, Kenya. He is also the Chairman of the Bible Society of Kenya (BSK) as well the immediate former chair of the Kenya Association of Private Universities (KAPU).

Prof. Mumo is an author and speaker. He is passionate about developing transformational leaders for Africa and beyond. He is currently engaged in transformational leadership research.

DR CHEE-CHIEW LEE is Professor of New Testament and Vice-Principal of Academic Affairs at Singapore Bible College. She teaches courses in research writing, hermeneutics and New Testament at the graduate and postgraduate levels. Her passion is studying the Word of God and sharing its life-transforming message to help people face the challenges of our times by living the Word. As such, the channels of her sharing, in both English and Chinese, include publishing her research (through books and articles) and ministering to churches (through pulpit ministry, seminars, podcasts and Sunday school series).

DR BERNARD LOW holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore (1992), a Master of Divinity (Honours) in Biblical Studies from the Singapore Bible College (1997), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (2008). In nearly three decades of his career, Bernard has held various positions in government, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and the private sector. He currently serves as the Co-Director (Ministry) for the United Bible Societies China Partnership. His mission is to share with others the great and marvelous work that God is doing in China and how the Bible is impacting lives and society in that country.

MRS ARLEEN LAN LUO, the Manager of Asia & Chinese Mission at the British & Foreign Bible Society, is dedicated to overseeing Bible mission work within the Chinese community, recognizing its significance as an important ethnic group and language. Additionally, she actively seeks to cultivate fruitful partnerships within the Asian region, aiming to expand the influence of the Bible in both the church and society.

Originally from China, Arleen has been residing in England for over a decade, accompanied by her husband and beloved poodle dog. Prior to joining the Bible Society, she enjoyed a successful career in management consulting, holding senior leadership positions. Since her arrival in England, she has completed two theology degrees at the London School of Theology (BA) and the University of Durham (MA) respectively. With a deep passion for the Bible as a divine revelation, Arleen endeavours to make its message appealing to the general public, while also enriching the biblical confidence of Christians nurtured in or familiar with the Chinese language and culture.

DR NAZIK MATTY is lecturer at Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Erbil/Iraq. She teaches Bible: Introduction to New Testament, Introduction to Historical Books, and Biblical Greek Language. Also, she teaches Biblical at the Domuni Universitas, an online university offering distance learning courses, at graduate and postgraduate level. Additionally, she teaches History of Syriac Literature at Syriac Department/ Salahidden University. Author of Sennacherib’s Campaign Against Judah and Jerusalem in 701 B.C. A Historical Reconstruction; in which she offers a reconstruction of the campaign comparing Biblical and Akkadian accounts.

DR GIRMA MOHAMMED is Tutor and Senior Research Fellow at International Bible Advocacy Centre and visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of Understanding Religion and Social Change in Ethiopia (Palgrave, 2012) and editor of The Healing of Memories (Rowan and Littlefield, 2019) and co-editor of Christian Citizenship (JKP, 2017). He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is passionate about the religion-politics nexus and the role and positive impact of the Bible in the African public sphere.

DR JOSEPH M. MUNYUA is adjunct lecturer and researcher at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. He is also the Director of Training and Development in the Anglican Diocese of Thika, Kenya. He is a well-read African theologian in Kenya. He is a scholar of Systematic Theology who is well knowledgeable in Protestant and Roman Catholic theologies. He has earned his PhD in Theology with specialization in Dogmatic Theology. He is particularly interested in developing the realms of theology and evangelization.

DR ANDREW OLLERTON is a theologian, pastor and author of Romans: A Letter that makes sense of life (Hodder). He works with Bible Society and developed The Bible Course, an eight-session guide to the Bible’s big story. Andrew is married to Charlotte and they have three kids, two fish, a dog and a snake! 

DR ANNA KASAFI PERKINS is Senior Programme Officer with the Quality Assurance Unit in The University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, and adjunct faculty at St Michael’s Theological College, Jamaica. She teaches and researches in ethics, justice, popular culture, sexuality, theology, scripture, and quality assurance.  She is a published author of books, book chapters and journal articles.  Her most recent publications are Ethics Amidst COVID-19: A Brief Ethics Handbook for Caribbean Policymakers and Leaders (2020), co-authored with Professor R. Clive Landis and Rough Riding: Tanya Stephens and the Power of Music to Transform Society (2021), co-edited with Adwoa Onuora and Ajamu Nangwaya.

THE REVD CANON DR JOHN JOSHVA RAJA is an ordained clergy from the Church of South India, and was an Associate Professor at United Theological College, Bangalore. He served as a tutor at the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies, Queens Foundation, Birmingham. After leading the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life for a few years, he now works for the British and Foreign Bible Society as the Head of International Bible Advocacy Centre. The Centre provides training for the leaders around the globe empowering them to relate Bible in everyday life and thus transform the everyday contexts with the Bible values. He is widely published in the areas of Christian communication, theological education and contextual theologies.

MS MIRIAM RAJKUMAR is a Contributor to the forthcoming South Asia Study Bible (SASB) and assisted in editing SASB. She has an MTS with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., focusing on Biblical Studies. Miriam is an ordained deacon in the Baptist tradition and has preached and taught adult Bible Study in Anglican, Baptist, and C.S.I Churches in Dubai, Washington D.C., and Bangalore. For nearly a decade, Miriam directed and taught Children’s Church and the youth-group at a multinational Baptist Church in Dubai. Miriam participated in Baltimore’s Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies’ Emerging Religious Leaders Program for seminarians and Jewish rabbinical students. She attended Oxford University’s 2018 Theology Summer School.

She lives in Bangalore and is a director at MEMCO Associates, an engineering, management consultancy whose Metro-related business provides employment and energy-efficient public transport in some of India’s largest cities.  Miriam was called to ministry while working on Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. She co-authored Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats, whose first edition was awarded the American Library Association’s Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

DR GIFFORD RHAMIE is the founder and Lead Executive Consultant of Rockstone Consultancy, a leadership development consultancy, committed to the transformative practice of dismantling structural inequalities in organisations and opening up innovative spaces for inclusive performance and growth. He is an intersectional biblical scholar, focussing on how culture impacted and shaped the emergence of Christianity in antiquity. He is a guest lecturer at Newbold College at Higher Education where for over 24 years he was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Ethnicity & Culture in Early Christianity & Contemporary Praxis, and Director of Field Education.

THE REVD CANON DR STEPHEN SPENCER is Adviser for Theological Education at the Anglican Communion Office, London. He was previously vice principal of St Hild College in Yorkshire. He has experience as a parish priest and has written several theological books, including Archbishop William Temple: A Study in Servant Leadership (2022), Anglicanism (SCM Study Guide, 2021), Theology Reforming Society: Revisiting Anglican Social Theology (2017), and Christian Mission (SCM Study Guide, 2007). He is co-editor of three Preparing for Lambeth Conference books: Walking Together (on reconciliation) (2019), Witnessing Together (on evangelism) (2019), and Listening Together (on prayer) (2020). He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Dept of Religion and Theology, Durham University.

THE REVD ROGER SUTTON, Co CEO of Gather Movement a relational network of interdenominational unity groups in 150 cities and towns. Roger was for 22 years senior Pastor of  Altincham Baptist Church a large missional church in Great Manchester. Roger co-chaired the Trafford Borough partnership for 15yrs bringing together the council, police, health, businesses, voluntary and faith sector, housing associations etc. Roger also leads the Global Cities Alliance that supports unity movements in over 500 cities across 5 continents. He was married to Lesley for 40yrs who sadly passed away last year. He has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. 

THE REVD DR MUTHURAJ SWAMY is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. Muthuraj (PhD, University of Edinburgh) moved to Cambridge in 2018. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor, Dean of Theology, and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the Union Biblical Seminary (Serampore University) in India. As CCCW Director, Muthuraj teaches in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and in the Cambridge Theological Federation. Muthuraj is also a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College, Durham University, and Project Manager for Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion. 

DR PAULO UETI is a Latin American Theologian and Biblical Scholar, working with Anglican Alliance and the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion Office. He collaborates with USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) with FeAST (Fellowship of Anglican Scholars of Theology). He is a former lecturer at the University of Brasilia, UnB, Brazil, and is a member of the Ecumenical Centre for Biblical Studies working with Contextual Bible Studies (CEBI), SBL (Society for Biblical Literature) and ABIB (Brazilian Association for Biblical Research).

PROF. PAUL S. WILLIAMS is Chief Executive of the British and Foreign Bible Society and Research Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, where he served also as David J. Brown Family Chair over a decade. He was formerly Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ plc, and has worked as an economic policy advisor for the European Commission and numerous national and city governments. He is the visionary behind ReFrame, a video-based course that helps connect the big story of Scripture to daily life and work. His recent book, Exiles on Mission: How Christians Can Thrive in a Post-Christian World explores the experience of living as Christians in the 21st century and provides a missional understanding of post-Christendom Christianity alongside constructive tools to help readers understand culture and form a missional response.

REVD DR CHRISTOPHER JH WRIGHT was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and taught high school there for some years after graduating from Cambridge in 1969. After obtaining a Cambridge doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1977 and served a curacy in the Anglican parish church of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge, Kent. In September 2001 he was appointed to be International Ministry Director of the Langham Partnership International, a consortium of trusts founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the developing world through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and scholarship.

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