Dr Muthuraj Swamy


Dr Muthuraj Swamy (PhD, University of Edinburgh) moved to CCCW in April 2018. He comes with several years of training and teaching in theological education. He is from the Church of South India, and was formerly Dean of Theology in the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, where he was also Dean of Postgraduate Studies.

Muthuraj has had rich cross-cultural experience in theological education, World Christianity, interfaith engagement and church involvement. He is a visiting faculty in theological institutions in India and UK. Since 2017, he is a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College, Durham University.

Muthuraj also works for the Theological Education department at the Anglican Communion Office in London and he is the Project Manager for Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion.  As part of this role, he is involved in organising inter-continental conferences on the three priorities of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Reconciliation, Evangelism and Witness, and Prayer), and editing three books preparing for Lambeth Conference 2020: Walking Together; Witnessing Together and Listening Together.

Muthuraj has presented papers in international conferences and has published widely. He is the author of The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relationships (Bloomsbury, London, 2016), and, very recently, ‘Reconciliation: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2019′ (SPCK, London & Delhi, 2018).  Formerly he was General Editor in the Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion.  He is currently working on a Fortress Press project on Indian Christianity studying the reactions to Christianity in contemporary India.

As CCCW director, Muthuraj teaches and supervises in the Cambridge Theological Federation  and in the University of Cambridge. The areas of his research interest include World Christianity, interfaith dialogue, ecumenical relations, contextual theologies, religious and other fundamentalisms, religion-secular distinctions/relations, and science and religion. He is principal investigator of a CCCW-Tearfund research project on local churches’ response to conflicts.

Click here to view Dr Swamy’s academic CV.

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

Marietta van der Tol

Intercultural Encounter Coordinator

Marietta van der Tol coordinates the International Encounter Scheme at the Centre per October 2019. She is a PhD-candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before she came to Cambridge, she studied History of Christianity at Yale Divinity School (USA) and Constitutional law and Socio-political history at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). For more information on her research and publications, click here, and for information on the Protestant Political Thought grant, click here.

Email: encounter[at]

Telephone: 01223 (3)30640

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!

Email: centre[at]
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.

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: archive[at]
Telephone: 01223 (3)30642

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