Our Faculty is drawn from all over the world and from diverse disciplines in order to provide the best learning experience for our students.
Dr Sara Afshari
Experience and research interests:
Originally from Iran, Sara Afshari is Research Tutor at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She received her PhD from Edinburgh University in Media Religion and Culture. She is co-founder and former Executive Director of SAT-7 PARS, a Christian television channel in Farsi/Persian language. She has MTh in World Christianity from Edinburgh University and an MA in Media Communication from Wales University. Her recent book is titled: Religion, Media and Conversion in Iran: mediated Christianity in an Islamic Context.
Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel
Experience and research interests:
Paul’s professional training in family medicine and public health fostered a spirit of enquiry and reflective practice. He and his family served for 12 years in Tunisia, leading a development organisation and then 12 years leading Interserve, an interdenominational, international mission agency focused on Asia and the Middle East. His interests include Christian organisational spirituality and development, the changing cross-cultural mission paradigm, mission as discipleship and leadership development.
Degrees and awards:
MBBCH (Cardiff) 1983; MRCGP (London) 1987; CDRS (Cambridge) 1989; MBE, awarded for medical services to Tunisia 2000
Dr Tom Harvey
Tom’s expertise is in China and Southeast Asian Church and State. In Singapore he served as Chair of the Theological Review and Response Committee of the Presbyterian Church, Singapore and as an executive board member of the National Council of Churches, Singapore. He authored Acquainted With Grief: Wang Mingdao’s Stand for the Persecuted Church in China as well as numerous articles on Christianity and Christian social engagement in Asia and Southeast Asia. Tom is a member of the Lausanne Congress Global Diaspora Network and European Coordinator of the Lausanne European Diaspora Educator’s Group and is a missionary co-worker with the Presbyterian Church USA.
Dr Marina Ngursangzeli Behera
Research Tutor, MPhil Stage Leader and Editor of Transformation
Dr Marina Ngursangzeli Behera is from Mizoram, a state in Northeast India and belongs to the Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church of India. She obtained her M. Th. in Missiology from the North India Institute of Post Graduate Theological Studies, a joint programme between Bishop’s College, Kolkata and Serampore College. Her D.Th. in the History of Christianity is earned from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture in Kottayam, Kerala, India. All of these institutions belong to the Senate of Serampore College, in West Bengal, India.
From 2005 to 2012 she served as an Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of the History of Christianity at the United Theological College (UTC) in Bangalore, India. From September 2012 to July 2016 supported by the CWM she held the chair of Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, a programme of the World Council of Churches and attached to the University of Geneva.
Dr Kirk Franklin
Associate Faculty - Global Missional Leadership
Kirk Franklin holds a PhD, MA and BA (Honours) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, all in the field of missiology; and a BA (Intercultural Studies) from Tabor College Victoria.
Kirk has authored the book ‘Towards Global Missional Leadership’ (published by Regnum) and has had many academic journal articles and book chapters published on themes about the intersection of globalisation and missional leadership.
For the past 40 years Kirk has held media-communications, management, executive leadership and governance roles in mission agencies associated with the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
Kirk was born and raised in Papua New Guinea, has US and Australian citizenship and lives with his wife Christine in Melbourne and are are long time active members of the Warrandyte Community Church, Victoria
Dr Guichun Jun
Research Tutor – Congregational Studies, Admissions Tutor
Congregational studies, church conflicts, cultural studies, ethnographic methodology and skills, multicultural ministry, practical theology, futuristic church ministries in the era of AI and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, cyber-theology and self-theologising.
Current Research Projects:
Guichun is currently exploring theological controversies and missional potential of Virtual Reality Church.
BA Theology (Seoul Theological University), MDiv (Seoul Theological Seminary), PhD (OCMS / Middlesex University)
Dr Ralph Lee
Associate Faculty for Orthodox Mission
Other professional interests:
Academic qualifications and awards:
Pengxiang is a DPhil candidate in Historical and Systematic Theology at Oxford. He is an elder of Oxford Chinese Gospel Church and serves in preaching and youth ministry. His past ministry experience includes leading student Bible study at Harvest Chinese Christian Church, preaching, leading student Bible study and children’s Sunday School at Philadelphia Bible Reformed Church, and translating English theological works into Mandarin. He has been participating in theological training in China regularly since 2014.
In addition to theological degrees (ThM and MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary), Pengxiang also holds master’s degrees in finance (George Washington University, 2009) and public administration (The University of Findlay, 2007) and a BA in marketing (Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, 2003).
Theologians: Geerhardus Vos, Meredith G. Kline, Cornelius Van Til, and John Webster
Doctrines: various doctrinal topics, especially theology proper, covenant, hamartiology, soteriology, common grace, and eschatology
Broader topics: theological interpretation of Scripture, public theology, theology of work, Christianity and capitalism, and contextualised theological education
Dr Anne Moseley
Research Tutor & Leader of OPRI
Anne is an experienced educational researcher who has been working for the last 10 years in the areas of religious education and intercultural learning. She has been a primary school practitioner teaching across the curriculum from reception through to Y6 pupils for over 20 years. Skills include qualitative educational research, teaching and communicating, curriculum design, collaborative team building and action research methodology.
Current research projects:
Rev. Canon Mark Oxbrow
Programme Director - Guided Research Programme
Impact of Jewish and Christian communities on Islamic origins
Other professional interests:
Advisor on Discipleship, Anglican Communion Office; President, Feed the Minds; Board Chair, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies (Oxford); Council Chair, Overseas Bishoprics Fund.
BSc (Theoretical Physics), BA, MA (Theology)
Dr John Padwick
Research Tutor - African Studies
MA, Oxford; PGCE Institute of Education, University of London; PhD, University of Birmingham.
Dr David Emmanuel Singh
Research Tutor - Islamic Studies; PhD Stage Leader
David joined OCMS faculty in 2003 after a varied exposure to academic and administrative work with the Bible Society (NW India), the Henry Martyn Institute for Islamic Studies, and Union Biblical Seminary. He has a BSc (Allahabad), BD and MTh (Islamics) (Serampore) and PhD (Islamics) (Wales). His researches for the last two awards focussed on a 12th century Islamic theosophist, Ibn ‘Arabi and a marginal sect of Islam called the Mahdawiyya. He has since been researching and supervising postgraduates at OCMS. His areas of interest are Sufism, Islam and interfaith relations in South Asia and theology of religions. He is author of over 50 research papers, 7 edited volumes including a trilogy on Jesus and Islam, several encyclopaedia entries and book chapters and two research monographs: Sainthood and Revelatory Discourse: An Examination of the Basis for the Authority of Bayan in Mahdawi Islam (Oxford: Regnum and ISPCK 2003) and Islamization in Modern South Asia: Deobandi Reform and the Gujjar Response (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 2012).
Dr Damon So
Research Tutor – Trinitarian Theology, Christian Theology and Doctrine; OCMS Stage Leader
Ph.D (Theology, OCMS), Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (Oxon), DipHE (London Bible College), Ph.D (Atmospheric Physics, Imperial College, London)