Dr. Jehu J. Hanciles is the D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity and the director of Candler’s 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).