Jehu Hanciles

Jehu J. Hanciles

D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity; Director of World Christianity Program


PhD, University of Edinburgh, 1995
MTh, University of Edinburgh, 1991
BA, University of Sierra Leone, 1988


(404) 727-4219


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).


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


“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

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

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

In the media

April 5, 2022

Jehu Hanciles on Immigration & Migration: Critical Elements of Christianity

January 6, 2022

Immigration and the American Church: A Remix

October 20, 2021

Migration and the Making of Global Christianity

October 20, 2021

Take & Read: Global Christianity

April 8, 2021

Being Black and Christian in America: The Black Church and New Vistas of Race in the U.S.

April 8, 2021

Black Church Tradition in the Americas: International Perspectives

October 2, 2018

Globalization and Migration: The Movement of God's World

September 6, 2016

"Lost, What It Means to Be Lost": Service of Word and Table

September 8, 2015

Service of Word and Table

November 12, 2014

In welcoming immigrants, congregations see future

June 10, 2014

Future diversity in Mormonism is a theme of history conference

February 26, 2014

World Christianity, Immigration & the U.S.: The Non-Western Church Comes to America

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