Dr Samuel E. Ewell III

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I am U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, where I lived from 2003-2010 with my wife (Rosalee) and three children (James, Isabella, and Katharine). In 2010, my family relocated to Birmingham, and in 2014 I completed my doctoral research on Christian mission and life together from the perspective of Ivan Illich. As an ordained minister and community-based practitioner, I currently live with my family in Winson Green (Summerfield parish), where I combine prison / community-based ministry with urban agriculture as a way of sowing the seeds of God’s shalom in inner-city Birmingham.


B.S. Biology


Wake Forest University



Duke Divinity School



University of Birmingham

Roles and responsibilities

I have taught in popular, first degree, and master's level contexts in USA, Brazil and UK.

My pedagogical approach highlights the mutuality between Christian practices and doctrine, focusing on the practices of creation care as vital expressions of Christian spirituality and formation for discipleship and/or ministry.

I am an ordained minister in the Brazilian Baptist Church, where I served at Igreja Batista Catuaí in Londrina, Brazil.  Since 2015, I have been affiliated with the Fellowship of Churches of Christ (FCC) as a community minister in Winson Green, Birmingham.

Research interests and supervision areas

Vocationally, I am called and committed to animating, building up, and connecting disciples and their neighbours to cultivate abundant beloved community among the discarded. By discarded I am referring to the lives and things that the kingdom of this world wants to ‘get rid of, ‘throw away,’ or ‘waste.’ Yet in God’s kingdom it is precisely what the world discards and rejects that God reincorporates and transforms into agents of renewal  for the reconciliation of all things.  More specifically, the discarded refers to 1) (ex) prisoners and 2) food waste. Both are the world’s alleged discards; both are destined to become reincorporated and transformed into agents of renewal.  Therefore, in broadest and in vocational terms,  I envision my research interests as theological responses to the question I discover among the discarded. 

I am interested in supervising research projects in the following areas:

  • theology and agriculture, 
  • theological approaches to community studies,
  • ecological spirituality, 
  • critical and constructive approaches to Christian mission, prison ministry, as well as the connection between criminal justice and ecological justice.


  • Prolonging the Incarnation: Doing Theology With and After Ivan Illich (Forthcoming, 2017)

Journal articles and chapters

  •  “Transforming Presence: God ́s Accommodation For Our Salvation,” with C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, in Perspectives in Religious Studies (34:2), (Waco: NABPR, 2007), pp. 227-239.
  • “Salt and Light: The Art of Proportion,” with Claudio Oliver, The New Urban World Journal 1:1 (2012), 76-77.
  • ”But Aren’t We Responsible for the Environment?” with Claudio Oliver in Volume III: A Faith Encompassing All Creation, Cascade Books, (2014).
  • "Recovering hope and the formation of children: A theological critique of institutions," with C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell in Theology, Mission and Child: Global Perspectives, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Volume 24, edited by Bill Prevette, Keith J. White, C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell & D. J. Konz, (Oxford: Regnum, forthcoming November 2014)

Book reviews

  • Book Review: Christ Outside the Gate: Mission beyond Christendom, by Orlando Costas (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1998), in Práxis, (Londrina, Brazil: FTSA, 2008).
  • Book Review: Preface to Theology: Christology and Theological Method, by John Howard Yoder (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2002), in Práxis, Londrina, Brazil: FTSA, 2005.
  • Book Review: Rostos do protestantismo latino-americano, by José Miguez Bonino (São Leopoldo: Sinodal, 2003), in Práxis, (Londrina, Brazil: FTSA, 2006).
  • Building Up the Church: Live Experiments in Faith, Hope, and Love (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008).


Prolonging the Incarnation: Towards a Reappropriation of Ivan Illich for Christian Mission and Life Together (PhD thesis, University of Birmingham, July 2014) http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/5498.