Dr John Padwick

Research Tutor - African Studies

John lived and worked in Kenya for forty years, mostly as a mission partner with CMS. His Kenyan ministry was initially in secondary education, but from 1978 he worked with African Independent Churches (AICs). John was instrumental in the setting up of the Organization of African Churches, a continental umbrella for AICs, and served OAIC in the areas of grassroots development, the articulation of AIC theologies, and research. He is an apostle in the Holy Spirit Church of East Africa, and currently serves as a lay minister in the Church of England. His research interests are African Independent and Pentecostal Churches; African religious movements; contextual, local and oral theologies; and the interface between development and faith.

Academic qualifications and awards

  • MA, Oxford
  • PGCE Institute of Education, University of London
  • PhD, University of Birmingham