Dr. Emma Wild-Wood


Emma Wild-Wood lectures in missiology in the Cambridge Theological Federation and in World Christianity in the Divinity faculty of Cambridge University. She has a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and has taught in DR Congo and Uganda.

Emma researches religious encounter in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Christian conversion and the growth of mission initiated denominations during the colonial era. She has examined the impact of migration on Christian identity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is presently working on a critical biography of a Ugandan priest. She is also interested in the impact of contemporary global migration on the Christian church and the ecclesiological responses that may emerge.

Telephone: 01223 (3)30641

Heather Pritchard

Intercultural Encounter Coordinator

Heather grew up in Cambridge, and has recently returned to live here after four years away at Warwick University reading History.

She joined the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in September 2017 and is looking forward to hearing about, and helping to facilitate, all your plans for encountering Christian communities across the world.

Heather’s interests include reading, History (particularly early modern British and religious), organising events, singing, baking and planning her upcoming wedding!

Telephone: 07711500532

Polly Keen


Polly Keen oversees all aspects of the business and communications of the Centre, a role she has held since 2003. She is married and has two grown up daughters. Her interests include travel, history, genealogical research and watching rugby!

Telephone: 01223 (3)30640

Ruth MacLean


Ruth MacLean was born to missionary parents and spent her early childhood in Turkey before they moved to London to continue their work amongst Turkish-speaking communities. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Education from Durham University, specialising in Theology and Linguistics. Since then, she has worked in libraries in Durham and Cambridge before coming to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014. In her present role, she brings together her skills and experience in librarianship with her family background of missionary work. Married to Donald John MacLean, an elder in the Cambridge Presbyterian Evangelical Church, and with two children, Hannah and Jonathan, her interests include books, theology, and the Scottish highlands and islands.

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.

Telephone: 01223 (3)30642

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