Dr Muthuraj Swamy


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. 

Click here for more information about Muthuraj’s research interests and teaching.

Click here for Muthuraj’s academic CV.

Email: director[at]
Telephone: 01223 (3)30641

Pavlina Kasparova

Academic Coordinator

Ruth MacLean


Ruth MacLean was born to missionary parents and spent her early childhood in Turkey and then London where they worked with Turkish-speaking communities and churches. She gained a BA(Ed) (Hons) degree from Durham University and then moved into Librarianship, working first in Durham hospital’s Medical Education Centre library, and then in the Haddon and SPS libraries of Cambridge University before becoming librarian of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014. She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in 2021.

Married to Donald John MacLean, an elder in the Cambridge Presbyterian Church (Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales), a trustee of the Banner of Truth and Tyndale House, adjunct professor of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Newcastle), and editor of the Foundations journal (Affinity), they have two children, Hannah and Jonathan. Her key interests are theology, hill walking, and the Scottish highlands and islands.

Email: library[at]
Telephone: 01223 (3)30642

Dr Philip Saunders


Philip Saunders had a long career as a senior archivist for the Cambridgeshire County Council before joining the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in January 2015. Philip has a strong commitment to records preservation, both in the sense of extending collections and ensuring best practices for records in storage and use. He is keen on raising awareness of the value of archives by record publication and by outreach talks and exhibitions.

His interests include contributions to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on the Huntingdonshire antiquaries Benjamin Hutchinson (1733-1804) and Robert Fox (1798-1843), the latter being the brother-in-law of Richard Taylor, early missionary to New Zealand and probably, like Henry Martyn, a disciple of Charles Simeon.

Email: archivist[at]
Telephone: 01223 (3)30642

Rachel Simonson

Centre Coordinator

Recently-appointed, Rachel Simonson has enjoyed a long and interesting administrative career in the hospitality business and charity sector. Together with her husband and two children she served with A Rocha International (Christians in Conservation) in Portugal from 2001 – 2009. She was previously Administrator at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion before taking a break to attend to the needs of the generation above. She is committed to working towards the vision for a Christian Care Home in the city and in her (precious) spare time enjoys cooking, cycling, upcycling, camping and reading.

Email: centre[at]

Telephone: 01223 (3)30640

The Centre is well served by its Trustees and also by a diverse group of research associates.