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

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 Ping Guo’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.

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 has a new website: Nourishing Connections, which went live on 6 September 2020.

Dr Kings has written: 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); and Nourishing Connections: Poems (Canterbury Press, 2020). He is currently editing, Simon Barrington-Ward: Pastor, Mission Theologian, Mystic and writes at

‘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