Global Scholars

The list below of scholars are those who have participated in Empowered21 Scholars Consultations that have been held around the world and whose work has been published in an E21 book.

E21 Global Scholars

The list below of scholars are those who have participated in Empowered21 Scholars Consultations that have been held around the world and whose work has been published in an E21 book.

Scholars Consultations

Jerusalem 2015, London 2016, Singapore 2017, Johannesburg 2018

E21 Books

This is That: Empowered by the Holy Spirit for 21st Century Life

Spirit-empowered Christianity in the 21st Century

Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-empowered Movements, Past, Present and Future, Volume One, Asia and Oceania

Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-empowered Movements, Past, Present and Future, Volume Two, Latin America

Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-empowered Movements, Past, Present and Future, Volume Three, Africa

Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-empowered Movements, Past, Present and Future, Volume Four, Europe and North America

The Truth About Grace: Spirit-empowered Perspectives


Samson Adetunji Fatokun

Africa |

Professor of Church History, Doctrinal Theology and Pentecostal Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa.

Rakel Ystebø Alegre

Norway |

(Ph.D. candidate, Regent University School of Divinity) Rakel Ystebø Alegre is the academic dean at Substans Bible School, Bergen, Norway and assistant professor of history and theology at the Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology, Oslo, Norway.

Sammy Alfaro

U. S. A.

(Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) Sammy Alfaro is an assistant professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.

Johnathan E. Alvarado

Africa-Latin America |

(D. Min, Regent University) Johnathan Alvarado is a professor of theology and president of the Greater Atlanta Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia.

Miguel Alvarez

Latin America |

(Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) Miguel Alvarez is an associate representative of CBN’s Superbook, director of Hispanic ministries for the Church of God in Virginia, and adjunct professor of theology and mission at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Daniel Alvarez

Honduras |;

(Ph.D., Regent University) is an adjunct professor in the Center for Latino Studies and assistant dean at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee.

Jan-Åke Alversson

Sweden & Finland |

(Ph.D., Uppsala University) is professor of cultural anthropology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Allen Heaton Anderson

United Kingdom

(D.Th., University of South Africa) is professor of mission and Pentecostal studies and director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Emmanuel Anim

is the Principal of the Pentecost Theological Seminary (PTS) in Gomoa-Fetteh, Ghana. He is a visiting lecturer at the All Nations Christian College, UK, an adjunct lecturer at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana, and serves as a member of the Translations Committee of the Bible Society of Ghana.

Kenneth J. Archer


(Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland) is professor of Pentecostal theology and Christian studies at Southeastern University, Lakeland Florida, and an ordained bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee).

Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

(Ph.D., University of Birmingham, UK) is Baëta-Grau Professor of African Christianity and Pentecostal Theology at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana. He is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, and author, with his most recent publication being Signs of the Spirit.

Miroslav Atanasov

Austria, Hungary |

Denise A. Austin


(Ph.D., University of Queensland) is Director of Quality and Standards, Director of the Australian Pentecostal Studies Centre and Head of History at Alphacrucis College, Australia.

Paulo Ayres Mattos


(Ph.D., Drew University) teaches at the School of Theology of the Methodist University of Sao Paulo (UMESP), Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.

Ciprian Balaban

Yetunde Ruth Balogun

was a postgraduate student of Church History, Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 2009.

Kudzai Biri

(Ph.D., University of Zimbabwe) is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Klaas Bom


(Ph.D., Utrecht University) is a senior researcher at the Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam-Groningen (Netherlands).

Lewis Brogdon


Bernardo Campos

Peru |

is the professor of theology at the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Pentecostal seminaries of Peru, associate pastor of the Ebenezer Pentecostal Church in Panamá, and founding member of Red Latinoamericana de Estudios Pentecostales (RELEP).

Simon Chan


(PhD, University of Cambridge) is Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Theological College, Singapore.

Shane Clifton


(Ph.D., Australia Catholic University) is Dean of Theology, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia.

Corneliu Constantineanu

Romania |

Clayton Coombs


(Ph.D., Wheaton College) is the Academic Dean of Planetshakers College in Melbourne Australia. His research is in Early Church, Reception History, and Pentecostal theology and he has been in his role at Planetshakers for three years.

Oscar Corvalan Vasquez


Victor Hugo Cuartas


(Ph.D. candidate, Middlesex University and Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) is associate professor of intercultural studies at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina.

Lord Elorm Donkor

(Ph.D., Manchester) is the Principal of the Birmingham Christian College –UK where he also teaches Pastoral Studies, Christian Ethics and Bible Survey. He is also the Director of Training for The Church of Pentecost-UK and the Minister in charge of the Birmingham District.

Sarah Eßel


is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and works as a research assistant in its Department of History of Religion and Intercultural Theology.

Maria Frahm-Arp

(Ph.D., University of Warwick) is a lecturer in religion studies at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jacqueline Grey


(Ph.D., Charles Sturt University) is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia.

Trevor Grizzle


(Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of New Testament and Greek at Oral Roberts University College of Theology and Ministry, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jorg Haustein

Pamela M. S. Holmes


(Ph.D., University of Toronto) is in ministry in the United Church of Canada and formerly taught in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministry, and ethics at the School of Religion, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

James Hosack


(MA, Biola University) is Country Moderator for the Assemblies of God Missionary Fellowship Thailand, serving there since 1984.

Mark Hutchinson


(Ph.D., University of NSW) is Dean, Humanities and Academic Projects, at The Scots College, Sydney, and core member, Religion and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney.

David Hymes

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of Wales, Bangor) is Academic Dean at Central Bible College, Tokyo, Japan.

Karl Inge Tangen

Norway |

Tony Jacobsen

Denmark & Iceland |

Alan R. Johnson

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of Wales, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) has served with Assemblies of God World Missions in Thailand since 1986.

Chammah J. Kaunda

(Ph.D., University of KwaZulu – Natal) is a Zambian postdoctoral research fellow in Christian spirituality at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

William K. Kay

United Kingdom |

Miriam (Mimi) A. Kelly

Ireland |

(Ph.D., St. Patrick’s College) is a lecturer of Pentecostal/Charismatic history and Irish church history at Irish Bible Institute, Dublin, Ireland.

E. Kingsley Larbi

Brett Knowles

New Zealand

(Ph.D., University of Otago) is a retired Senior Lecturer in Church History, formerly of the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and of Sydney College of Divinity, Sydney Australia.

Wojciech Kowalewski

Poland |;

Harvey C. Kwiyani

(Ph.D., Luther Seminary) is a lecturer in African Christianity, mission, and leadership at Church Mission Society, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Vince Le


is Ph.D. candidate at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has been a member of the house church movement in Vietnam since 1999.

Timothy Lim T. N.

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., Regent University School of Divinity) is an adjunct professor at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, London.

Torsten Lofstedt

Sweden |

Dario Lopez Rodriguez

Andean Region

(Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) is the administrative bishop of the Church of God in Peru.

Bobby Lynch Jr.

(Ph.D. candidate, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies) is professor of intercultural studies at SEMISUD, Quito, Ecuador, and a missionary with the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee).

Naar M’fundisi

(Ph.D., University of Birmingham) teaches religious education, philosophy, and health/social care in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Julie C. Ma

She served as a Korean missionary in the Philippines (1981-2006), and as Research Tutor of Missiology at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK. She is currently Associate Professor of Missiology and Intercultural Studies, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK.

Wonsuk Ma

(Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, USA. He served as a missionary in the Philippines (2079-2006) and Executive Director of Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He also serves as a coordinator of the 2017 Scholars Track.

Frank D. Macchia

U. S. A. |

(D.Th., University of Basel) is associate director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University, Wales, and professor of Christian theology at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California.

Tharwat Maher Nagib Adly Nagib

Giovanni Maltese


(Dipl.-Theol., University of Heidelberg) is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter and teacher at the Department of History of Religion and Intercultural Theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Marcel Valentin Marcelaru

(D.Phil, University of Oxford) is a professor of theology at the Pentecostal Theological Institute, specializing in Old Testament.

Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele)

(Ph.D., University of South Africa) is professor of Old Testament studies at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

Thomas K. Mathew

U. S. A.

(Ed.D., Oklahoma State University; DMin, Oral Roberts University) is Professor of Pastoral Care and Dean of the College of Theology and Ministry at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Paolo Mauriello

Italy |

Michael J. McClymond

U. S. A. |

(Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He has published books on various theological topics, his most recent being The Theology of Jonathon Edwards. McClymond is currently co-editing the Blackwell-Wiley Companion to World Christianity with Lamin Sanneh of Yale University.

Nestor Medina

Guatemala |

(Ph.D., University of Toronto) is visiting scholar at the Center for Research in Religion of Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Robert Menzies

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is the Director of Synergy, an organization that seeks to enable rural village people in Southwest China to live productive and fruitful lives.

Andrew Mkwaila

(D.Min, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary) is currently a Lecturer in Intercultural Studies at the Malawi Assemblies of God University and the head of the Missions Department at Pan-African Theological Seminary in Lome, Togo. Since 2017, he has been the Chairperson of the Commission for Scholarly Writing and Research of the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa.

Susan Murimi

Carmine Napolitano


Emmanuel Ndikumana

Emmanuel Ndikumana is founder and leader of Partners Trust International. Holds a Master’s degree in Missiology from All Nations Christian College, UK, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford. He is also the current Lausanne Movement Regional Director for Francophone Africa.

Eric N. Newberg

U. S. A. |

Trad Nogueira-Godsey

(Ph.D., University of Cape Town) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Alfred Olwa

(Ph.D., Moore College) is senior lecturer and dean of Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology, Mukono, Uganda.

Opoku Onyinah

Accra, Ghana

Professor Opoku Onyinah is an Apostle of the Church of Pentecost. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Currently, he is the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost.

Douglas P. Petersen

Costa Rica |

(Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) is Margaret S. Smith Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California.

Raymond Pfister

Switzerland |

Finny Philip

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of Durham, United Kingdom) is Professor of New Testament and Principal at Filadelfia Bible College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Donatus Pius Ukpong

Jean-Daniel Pluss

Switzerland |

(Ph.D., Pontifical Urban University) is senior lecturer and acting head in the Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.

Dela Quampah

(Ph.D., University of Ghana) is a professor of Christian Ethics at Pentecost University College and has since 2013 been appointed Dean of Studies at Pentecost Theological Seminary. He also doubles as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program.

Joseph Quayesi-Amakye

(Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is senior lecturer and acting dean of the School of Theology and Missions, Central University, Dansoman – Accra, Ghana.

David A. Reed

Canada |

(Ph.D., Boston University) David A. Reed is professor emeritus of pastoral theology and research professor at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada, and president of Kairos International University, Irvine, California.

Kathaleen Reid-Martinez

(Ph.D., University of Denver) Has served as the provost and chief academic officer of Oral Roberts University (ORU) since January 2014. Has more than 25 years of higher education experience, including a strong background in academic administration, leadership, technology acquisition, and online education. A highly sought after international leadership speaker and consultant, Dr. Reid-Martinez has lectured on four continents.

Jean-Baptiste Roamba

Mark Roberts

(Ph.D., Vanderbilt) Dean & Professor of Learning Resources at Oral Roberts University. A New Testament scholar by training, he explores the literary-rhetorical composition of Luke-Acts and Paul’s letters and a related dramatic approach to biblical interpretation. He has worked also as a pastor, editor and publisher, and musician.

Elizabeth Salizar Sanzana


(Ph.D., Methodist University of Sao Paulo) Elizabeth Salizar Sanzana is a member of the Theological Association of the Third World (ASETT) and a professor at the Evangelical Theological Community of Chile, Concepción, Chile.

J. Norberto Saracco


(Ph.D., University of Birmingham) J. Norberto Saracco is founder president of Facultad Internacional de Educación Teológica (FIET) Instituto Teólogico and pastor of Good News Church, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Iap Sian-Chin


Iap Sian-Chin is a Ph.D. candidate at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University, and an adjunct faculty member in the Assemblies of God School of Theology, Taichung, Taiwan.

Calvin L. Smith

Cuba |

(Ph.D., University of Birmingham)Calvin L. Smith is principal of King’s Evangelical Divinity School, Kent, United Kingdom.

G. P. V. Somaratna

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of London) G. V. P. Somaratna is Research Professor of Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka.

Gottfried Sommer

Germany |

Maurie Sween

United Kingdom

(Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) Maurie Sween is a missionary who has lived in Taiwan for twenty-five years, working among the disabled and teaching in seminaries; at present, he is writing a novel.

Vinson Synan

U. S. A.

(Ph.D., University of Georgia) Vinson Synan is Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Jonathan Tan

U. S. A.

(Ph.D., The Catholic University of America) Jonathan Tan is the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


John P. Thompson

(D.S.L., Regent University) John P. Thompson  is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Oral Roberts University and teaches in the areas of leadership and missiology. His research interest is in European evangelism and mission. He has also been a church planter of a multi-national church, a director of several non-profits, pastoral-staff in a local church, and has lived overseas.

Ekaputra Tupamahu

U. S. A.

Ekaputra Tupamahu is a Ph.D. candidate, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesse.

Nimi Wariboko

Wilma Wells Davies


(Ph.D., University of Birmingham) Wilma Wells Davies is tutor and anthropology and religious studies lecturer at All Nations Christian College, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Dr. William (Billy) M. Wilson

U. S. A.

(D.Min, Pentecostal Theological Seminary) Dr. Billy Wilson currently serves as the fourth president of Oral Roberts University. He is the host of a weekly television program World Impact with Billy Wilson, which is seen in over 170 nations. Dr. Wilson has also fostered unique global partnerships through Empowered21.

Philip Wingeier-Rayo

Mexico |

(Ph.D., Chicago Theological Seminary) Philip Wingeier-Rayo is associate professor of evangelism, mission, and Methodist studies at Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas.

Dr. George O. Wood

U. S. A.

Dr. Wood served as General Superintendent of the General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America (AG) from 2007-2017 and has been Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, since 2008. He authored Living in the Spirit and other books for the Spirit-empowered church.

Yalin Xin

(Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary) is an associate professor of Intercultural Studies at William Carey International University, Pasadena, California.

Amos Young

U. S. A.

(Ph.D., Boston University) is Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Adrian Yuen

U. S. A. |

(Ph.D., Walden University) is general superintendent of His Highest Praise International network of churches.

Sang Yun Lee

South Korea

(Ph.D., The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) is lecturer of Pentecostal Studies at Hansei University and pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, South Korea.

Hubert H. Zegwaart

Netherlands |

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