Research Associates

The Centre has a small number of honorary research associates who work on specific projects related to the mission and work of the Centre, and the global church.

CCCW is a vital presence in Cambridge and the UK that keeps focus on our global and worldwide church. Its programs and research are a great gift to all who are devote to mission studies and witness to the gospel.    

Prof. Stephen Bevans SVD Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

To find out more about the criteria and fees of becoming a Research Associate please click here.

Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon is the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, having been appointed in 2015.  Prior to his appointment, he served the Anglican Church of Nigeria as Bishop of Kaduna and Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna. Before that he was Bishop of Sokoto; Warden of St Francis of Assisi Theological College in Wusasa and Provost of St Michael’s Cathedral in Kaduna. He continues to play a role in the region, serving as chair of the Kaduna State Peace Commission which is trying to bring about an end to conflict between rival groups in that region of the country.

Dr Idowu-Fearon attended Nigeria’s military school before leaving the Army to train for the priesthood. After his studies in Nigeria, he attended St John’s College, Durham University, where he studied Theology. He then went to Birmingham University earning a Masters in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. Subsequently he earned a PhD in Sociology which focused on “Religion, Social Responsibility and Development in Kaduna State”. It was an original work on Islam and Christianity in Kaduna State of Nigeria. He followed it with a Certificate course on “Peacebuilding”, at Coventry University in 2014. He also earned a Postgraduate diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. He has written and lectured extensively about Christian-Muslim relations and served on a number of inter-faith bodies.

Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion majoring in Hebrew Bible & Ancient Israel. He is double-minoring on the Early Christian Studies and the Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations. In addition, Ludwig is also a Theology and Practice Fellow, a Wendland-Cook Fellow in Religion and Justice, and a Master Fellow in Classical Hebrew at Vanderbilt University. His previous degrees are from Boston University, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and the Adventist University of Indonesia. Ludwig’s additional studies include several Classical Hebrew courses at Harvard University and Boston College, Archaeology courses at Tel Aviv University, and a Hittite Language course at Leiden University.

In his research, Ludwig is interested in interrogating texts with specific attention to their social, economic, and political contexts. His dissertation project entitled “Rest as a Site of Struggle: Reconsidering Sabbath Transgressions in the Hebrew Bible Narratives” explores Sabbath narratives in the Hebrew Bible through postcolonial, gender, and class analysis along with the modern utilization of the Sabbath motif. Ludwig’s research project with the CCCW is concerned with the development of Sabbatarianism in the British Imperial contexts in the metropolis and colonies such as North America, South Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia. In a conversation with both the Sabbatarian movements and the British Imperial rhetoric, especially as they perceived and utilized the Sabbath motif in the Hebrew Bible, Ludwig aspires to bring a different perspective to read the socio-economic dynamics in the Sabbath transgression narratives.

Krisztina Szilágyi‘s research explores pre-modern interactions between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. In her dissertation and publications, she argues that medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims often knew each other’s religion and culture well, sometimes in considerable depth and detail. Her current research concerns Christian Arabic literary responses to the rise of Islam, particularly their transmission from the medieval to the modern period. The history of these texts, copied, revised, and read in virtually every Christian denomination in the Islamic world, illuminates an extensive intra-Christian cooperation in this regard. Krisztina holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Prior to arriving in Cambridge, she had also studied in Budapest, Damascus, and Jerusalem. Her publications include:

Hadje Cresencio Sadje obtained his MA in Crosscultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands, and MA in Ecumenical Studies (specialising in Sociology of Religion) at the University of Bonn. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hamburg Germany, and is also a visiting Ph.D. research fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria, a student ambassador at the Paris Institute of Critical Thinking, and a visiting fellow at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. Hadje teaches at the Barcelona Applied Social Sciences, the Foundation Academy in Amsterdam, and the Divinity School Silliman University Philippines. His research focuses on decoloniality, global politics, Asian religions, Global Pentecostalism, Muslim-Christian Studies, Asian theologies, and Christian Zionism. In the world of practice, he is involved with the Christian Peacemaker Team Greece, Caritas Brussels, EAPPI-World Council of Churches (WCC), PeaceBuilders Community Philippines, Bangsamoro Research and Legal Services, and Pananaw Pinoy.

Hadje’s research project with CCCW is concerned with the value of (premodern/precolonial) indigenous spirituality, indigenous religion, and traditional knowledge in shaping Southeast Asian theologies. To address this question, he will explore one of the underrated theologian-anthropologists Carlito “Karl” Gaspar, who has lived and worked with indigenous communities in Southern Mindanao in the last half-century (1972-2020). Gaspar’s works build on his long engagement with indigenous people’s struggles for recognition of their rights in solidarity with their struggle for self-determination.

Sheng Ping Guo earned his PhD in World Christianity and Intercultural Ministry and Mission History from the University of Toronto in May 2021. His dissertation is titled “Third Space: The Bread of Life Christian Church (Ling Liang Tang) as Independent Sinophone Christianities in the Global Landscape (1942-2017).” He is interested in why and how Christianity could enter another culture and become a local but global faith. He was educated in China and Canada and has received academic awards including the Ricci Doctoral Fellowship and the FTE (Forum for Theological Exploration) Doctoral Fellowship in the USA. His recent projects include a history of the Canadian Indigenous residential schools that explores the roles of mainstream Protestant churches and their members in this history.

Sheng’s research project with CCCW is a historical, sociological, theological, and missional issue-oriented intercultural study for the independent church, the Bread of Life (Ling Liang) Christian Church. Established in Shanghai in 1942 by Chinese pastor Timothy Dzao (Zhao Shiguang, 1908-73), the Bread of Life now functions as an intercultural “third space” between the dominant culture and subordinate cultures to spread the Christian good news from mission centres in Hong Kong, Taipei, Jakarta, Calcutta, San Francisco, and Toronto to Sinophone and other peoples in forty countries of all continents with more than 500 churches. As a “third space” this church used the postcolonial context of religious pluralism and cultural diversity in order to negotiate a “hybrid identity” for its membership that aided members in their attempts to thrive in new cultural locations.

Yin-An Chen is a Church of England ordinand working in a benefice in Cambridgeshire. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Trinity School for Christian Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan, where he teaches Contemporary Theological Readings and Anglican Theology.

He received his first degree in humanities and social sciences at National Tsing Hua University, and followed this with an MA in anthropology at National Taiwan University. Yin-An came to England in 2014 to study theology at St John’s College, Durham and the University of Kent. There, his interest turned toward queer theology and further developed into a deep interest in the dialogue between liberation theologies and Michel Foucault. He is in the process of converting his MPhil dissertation into a book project, Toward a Micro-Political Theology (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications).

His project with CCCW focuses on decolonising theological education and challenging the centralisation of Western theologies. The process involves extracting knowledge of a variety of theological issues from other-than-Western-theology. The overarching aims of the project are to formulate a curriculum and publish an accessible textbook. More about Yin-An’s research can be found here.

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).

The recipient of several awards, Peter is an adviser to various organizations and to Faith in Business Quarterly and the Journal of Markets and Morality. He has been an adviser to an Archbishop of Canterbury on the issue of globalization and has served as a judge in various international business competitions. Peter is currently a Fellow of the SPES-Forum; of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge; and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Doctoral Supervisor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and is involved in parish work as a priest in the Church of England.

Dr Angus Crichton has for the last 15 years supported African scholars in research and publishing on African Christianity. This work grew out of the two years he lived in Uganda and taught in a small theological college. During this time, he realised that his students had little access to research and publications on Ugandan Christianity. Together with Ugandan colleagues, they published in 2017 The Ugandan Churches and the Political Centre, available both via Amazon and in Uganda. Lessons learnt from this venture have contributed to the establishment of The African Theological Network Press, established by leading African theological research and teaching institutions to publish African theology titles by African scholars in Anglophone African countries and the global north. He is also involved in facilitating access for African scholars to archival resources for the study of African Christianity.

Dr Ian Randall has taught church history and spirituality since the early 1990s. He was based for much of that time in London, at Spurgeon’s College, and in Prague, where he supervised post-graduate students from across Central and Eastern Europe. In 2008 he moved to Cambridge, where he has combined theological and pastoral involvements. Ian has had a long-term interest in the study of movements of spiritual renewal and of missional initiatives. He is the author of several books and many essays and articles relating to these areas, including, A Christian Peace Experiment: The Bruderhof Community in Britain, 1933-1942 (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018) and A Kind of Upside-Downness: Learning Disabilities and Transformational Community, edited with David F. Ford and Deborah Hardy Ford (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2020).
Ian has also written two books as part of a series of occasional papers, published by  the CCCW:  Cambridge Seventy.(2016), and ‘Cambridge Students and Christianity Worldwide: Insights from the 1960s.'(2019)

Dr F. Lionel Young III serves as the Executive Vice President for Global Action, an international non-profit that focuses on theological education in the non-Western world. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Stirling (Scotland), a Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois), a M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary (Indiana) and a B.A. from Grace College (Indiana). Lionel’s research interests are in World Christianity, transnational evangelicalism, missions history and Christianity in East Africa. His most recent work World Christianity and the Unfinished Task: A Very Short Introduction (Cascade Books) is a popular introduction to the relationship between World Christianity and contemporary missions. He is currently working on a book-length study of the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya during decolonization to be published by the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Regnum). His article on Wellington Mulwa (1918–1979), the first bishop of the African Inland Church, can be read at

Dr Graham Kings, in retirement in Cambridge, serves as Hon Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely. He studied at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Utrecht and from 2015-2018 was Honorary Fellow of Durham University. He was Vice Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya for seven years before becoming the first lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation and founding Director of the Henry Martyn Centre (the former name of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide). He then served as Vicar of Islington, London;  Bishop of Sherborne, Dorset; and Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion.

Graham’s website is: Nourishing Connections. His books are as follows. Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism: Liturgical Texts and Contexts (Grove Books, 2001), with Geoff Morgan. Christianity Connected: Hindus, Muslims and the World in the Letters of Max Warren and Roger Hooker (Boekencentrum, 2002 and ISPCK, 2017). Signs and Seasons: a Guide to your Christian Journey (Canterbury Press, 2008). Nourishing Connections: Poems (Canterbury Press, 2020). Nourishing Mission: Theological Settings (Brill, 2022). Exchange of Gifts: Simon Barrington-Ward (Ekklesia, 2022), co-edited with Ian Randall, another CCCW Research Associate.

Joshua Samuel

Dr Joshua Samuel is from Chennai, India, currently living in New York, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Interreligious Engagement from the Union Theological Seminary, New York, in May 2017. He has a broad spectrum of teaching experience. He taught briefly in the Department of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Prior to this he taught in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Marymount Manhattan College, New York. At present, he teaches in the D. Min. program at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Jersey. He also serves as the instructor for Theology and Mission at the George Mercer School of Theology, Garden City, which is the School of Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Since 2018 he has been the Visiting Lecturer for Theology, Global Christianity, and Mission at the Episcopal Divinity School at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. His areas of teaching and research include Comparative Theology, Liberation Theology, Dalit Theology, World Christianity, Mission, and Postcolonial Studies.

His first book, Untouchable Bodies, Resistance, and Liberation: A Comparative Theology of Divine Possessions (Leiden: Brill, 2020), is a constructive comparative theology of divine possessions—the phenomena of devotees being chosen as vessels of the divine—as found among Hindu and Christian Dalit (formerly, untouchable) communities in India. His second book (co-authored), Church and Religious Diversity, was published by the Council for World Mission as an introductory resource and study guide for theological students and interested lay members of the church. He has published articles in journals such as Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, Current Dialogue, International Review of Mission, and the Bangalore Theological Forum. He has lectured and presented papers at various fora like the AsiaNetwork Annual conference (for Liberal Arts Colleges), Fall Theological Colloquy at the General Theological Seminary, New York, and “Engaging Particularities” Conference at the Boston College.

At present, he is working on two book projects. He is completing an introductory text to Dalit Theology entitled, Dalit Theology: A Global Introduction to be published by Fortress Press (forthcoming 2023) coauthored with Sunder John Boopalan. His second monograph is Rage, Resistance, and Reconciliation: A Postcolonial Theology of Prophetic Anger to be published by Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2023) which seeks to construct a postcolonial comparative theology of anger by considering the significance and potential of anger/rage within various contexts and religious traditions in the struggle for justice and liberation. The next monograph is an introduction to comparative theology from a postcolonial perspective that looks at the pioneering voices of interreligious theologies in the global south and critical issues in the field today (intended to be published by ISPCK, Delhi, India). He is also working on an essay entitled “Dalit Earth: Listening to the Ecological Wisdom of the Broken People” to be published in the volume Intimacy and Hope: The New Diaspore Responds to the Climate Crisis (Lexington Press) which seeks to learn from the religious resources of Dalit and similar subaltern communities in India to counter the current environmental crisis.

Samuel is an ordained Minister of the Church of South India. At present, he serves in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island as the Priest in Charge of two diverse congregations in Queens, New York. Samuel believes he is called to be both a teacher and a pastor, and is deeply committed to and passionate about both these vocations.

What a special gift the CCCW is to God’s world! You provide a fount of knowledge, a symbol of unity across cultures, and a focus for integrated mission.

Revd. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki All Africa Conference of Churches, Nairobi