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Richard Burgess studied at the University of Bristol (BA Architecture, 1977), London School of Theology (MA Biblical Hermeneutics, 1993), and the University of Birmingham (PhD Theology, 2004). An amended version of his PhD thesis was published by Paternoster as part of the Regnum Studies of Mission series. Since 2007, he has worked as a Research Fellow within the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies (CPCS), Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the GloPent research team on the NORFACE-funded project, entitled ‘Transnational Nigerian Pentecostal churches, networks and believers in three Northern countries: migrant churches as a potential and potent social force’. He also teaches on the MA in Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies.

Prior to this, he worked as a lecturer in Nigeria, training church leaders and theological educators. His most recent appointment was at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (validated by the University of Jos). His current research interests include Pentecostalism in Africa and the African diaspora, and the intersection between Christianity, civic engagement, globalization, migration and other religions. He has published on African Pentecostalism and is currently writing a book on African-led churches in Britain.

Principal Investigator
“Pentecostal Spiritualities, Inter-Religious Relations and Civic Engagement: A Comparative Study of Nigeria and Zambia”
Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

Richard Burgess