Jehu J. Hanciles

D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity; Director of the World Christianity Program.
Jehu J. Hanciles
Phone: 404.727.4219
    • PhD, University of Edinburgh, 1995
    • MTh, University of Edinburgh, 1991
    • BA, University of Sierra Leone, 1988

    Dr. Jehu J. Hanciles is the D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity and the Director of the World Christianity Program. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and the United States and been a visiting professor at schools around the world. Before coming to Candler in 2012, Hanciles was associate professor of the history of Christianity and globalization, and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary.

    Hanciles’ latest research surveys the history of global Christian expansion through the lens of migration, and his new book is titled Migration and the Making of Global Christianity (Eerdmans, 2021). He has written and published on issues related to the history of Christianity (notably the African experience) and globalization, including Euthanasia of a Mission: African Church Autonomy in a Colonial Context (Praeger, 2002) and Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West (Orbis Books, 2009), and numerous articles. His article "The Future of Missiology as a Discipline" was one of the top ten most read articles in Missiology in 2015. He serves as associate editor of Missiology, one of the premier scholarly journals of mission studies, and on the editorial advisory committee for Baylor University Press’s Studies in World Christianity.

    A sought-after lecturer, Hanciles is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the American Society of Missiology.

    Born in Sierra Leone and raised in the Anglican tradition, Hanciles’ experiences in theological education have allowed him to serve in a number of ecclesiastical traditions in different countries, including a Presbyterian church (Scotland), a Pentecostal church (Zimbabwe), a Baptist church, and the Vineyard (United States).

    Selected Publications

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    Editor,A Guide to Christianity Worldwide 1800–2000, SPCK, 2021

    World Christianity: History, Methodologies, Horizons Orbis, 2021

    Migration and the Making of Global Christianity, Eerdmans, 2021

    Editor,The Twentieth Century: Traditions in a Global Context (The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume IV), Oxford University Press, 2019

    Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migrations, and the Transformation of the West, Orbis Books, 2008

    Euthanasia of a Mission: African Church Autonomy in a Colonial Context, Praeger, 2002

    Chapters and Articles

    “Introduction” and “Emerging Streams of Dissent in Modern African Christianity,” in The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume IV, Oxford University Press, 2019

    “’Fish of Every Kind’: The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism,” in The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education, 2017

    “Keeping the Faith: Immigration, Religion, and the Unmaking of Global Culture,” in Christianity & Religious Plurality: Historical and Global Perspectives, Cascade Books, 2016

    "'Singing the Song of the Lord on Foreign Soil': What the Early Centuries Tell Us about the Migrant Factor in the Making of Global Christianity," in Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, January 01, 2016

    "'Would That All God's People Were Prophets': Mormonism and the New Shape of Global Christianity," in From the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture, Oxford University Press, November 02, 2015

    "'Africa is our Fatherland': The Black Atlantic, Globalization, and Modern African Christianity," in Theology Today, vol. 71, no. 2, Sage, June 18, 2014

    "The Future of Missiology as a Discipline: A View from the Non-Western World," in Missiology, vol. 42, no. 2, Sage, January 10, 2014

    "The Black Atlantic and the Shaping of African Christianity, 1820-1920," in Polycentric Structures in the History of World Christianity, Harrassowitz, January 01, 2014

    "Migrants as Missionaries, Missionaries as Outsiders: Reflections on African Christian Presence in Western Societies," in Mission Studies, vol. 30, issue 1, Brill, January 01, 2013

    "Migration and the Globalization of Christianity," in Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls, Orbis Books, January 01, 2011

    "The Migrant Factor in the Making of Global Christianity," in Minzu Tribune, Minzu University, January 01, 2011

    Selected Awards

    Baccalaureate Speaker, Fuller Theological Seminary

    Distinction in the Master of Theology programme, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh

    Grant to pursue Doctoral Studies, Langham Trust, UK

    Overseas Development Association Shared Scholarship Scheme Award to Pursue Masters Studies in the UK

    Patheos, "Immigration and the American Church: A Remix" (January 6, 2022)

    "Globalization and Migration: The Movement of God's World" - W. Don McClure Lecture in World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Oct. 2, 2018

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 6, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 8, 2015

    "Fish of Every Kind: The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 20, 2015

    "In welcoming immigrants, congregations see future," - Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion, November 12, 2014

    "Future diversity in Mormonism is a theme of history conference," - Deseret News, June 10, 2014

    "World Christianity, Immigration & the U.S.: The Non-Western Church Comes to America" - The Library of Congress Symposium, February 26, 2014

    Selected Courses

    Globalization and the Church's Mission

    Immigration, Religion and the American Church

    Modern Christianity as a Global Phenomenon

    Survey of African Christianity: From Apollos to Adelaja

    The Making of Global Christianity

    WMEI Seminar