Revd Dr Clifton Clarke

Job titleAssociate Tutor


I was born and raised in Nottingham UK. I obtained my PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham UK. I have taught theology at the Graduate and undergraduate levels at universities in the UK, Ghana, and the USA. After working as the Associate Provost for Fuller Theological Seminary from 2017 – 2020 I accepted the position as Bishop of San Fernando Valley CA as well as Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church in Simi Valley California.
BTh (Hons)1992University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
MA1995University of Derby, Derby UK
PhD2002University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
TeachingI teach courses in Theology, African and Black Theology, Africa Church History, and Mission Studies
Church experience and backgroundI am an ordained bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland TN) and I have worked in the pastoral ministry for over twenty years.
Roles and responsibilities in the wider church / academiaI serve as the bishop of San Fernando Valley, CA, and an Ecumenical Officer for my denomination. I am the founder of the Alliance for Black Pentecostal Studies
Research interests and supervision
Research interestsMy research interest are Black and African Studies, Systematic Theology and Contextual theologies.
Supervision areas and levelI supervise PhD in the areas of African and Black Studies.
Scholarly books
  • Unbroken: Healing for Your Brokenness
  • The Love Remedy: The Cure for our Racially Divided World (LA, CA: Alliance Publishers, 2021
  • Pentecostalism: Insight from Africa and the African Diaspora (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018)
  • With Lord Donkor, African Mission Maturing ((Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018)
  • The Islamic Dilemma, (Houston: High Bridge Books, 2016)
  • Pentecostal Theology in Africa (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013)
  • African Christology: Jesus in Post-Missionary Africa (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011)
  • Global Renewal, Religious Pluralism, and The Great Commission. (Lexington, KY: Emeth Academic Press, 2011)
  • The Reason Why We Sing: Introducing Black Pentecostal Spirituality (Cambridge: Grove Books, 1997)
Popular books
  • The 21st Century Christian Leader (Birmingham UK: Majestic Christian Press, 1998)
  • Taking Control of Your Destiny (Majestic Press UK: Majestic Christian Press, 2000)
  • Called to Serve (Accra: Step Publishers, 2007).
  • Unleashing your Purpose (Global Empowerment Network Press, 2015)
Journal articles and chapters
  • ‘Ogbu Kalu and Africa’s Christianity: A Tribute Essay’ in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies Vol. 32, Number 1 (2010), 107-120.
  • ‘Old Wine and New Wine Skins: West Indian and the New West African Pentecostal Churches in Britain and the Challenge of Renewal’ in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology Vol. 19, Number 1 (2010), 143-154.
  • Trans-denominational Mission, Black and White Christian Partnership Publication (1997), pp. 10-14
  • Christ in Africa, Journal of Theology and Religion. Vol. 1:No.1 (2000), pp. 2-12.
  • Towards an Oral Christology among African Indigenous Church in Ghana, Journal of Asian Missions, Vol. 6:2, (2004), pp. 245-264.
  • Post-missionary African Indigenous Christology in Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 8, No. 1, (June 2005), pp. 321
  • Towards a Functional Christology Among African Indigenous Churches in Ghana. Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2005), pp. 287- 318. Also published in Missionalia, Vol. 33, no.1, (April 2005), pp. 138-165.
  • Christological Construction Among Ghanaian AICs, in Africa. Theological Journal. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2005), pp. 23-41.
  • African Indigenous Churches in Ghana: Past, Present and Future. Journal of African Indigenous Church Theology. Vol.2:1 (2005), pp. 5-16.
  • In Our Mother Tongue: Vernacular Hermeneutics within African Initiated Christianity in Ghana. Trinity Journal of Church and Theology, Vol. XV, no. 2 (July 2005), pp. 52-68.
  • African Epistemology and the Christian Faith: Towards the Epistemic Use of Orality and Symbolism in African Christian Scholarship. Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 9. No. 1 (June 2006), pp.56-64.
  • Christology in African Indigenous Churches in Ghana. Missionalia. Vol. 34 No. 2/3 (August /November 2006), pp. 285-309
  • ‘Jesus of the Deep Forest: Ghanaian view of Jesus Christ as the Fearless One, the Earth-keeper, the Healer and Redeemer.’ Published on CMS website on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
  • ‘Pan-Africanism and Pentecostalism in Africa: Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners? A Pentecostal Assist towards a Pan-African Political Theology.’ Black Theology. An International Journal, Volume 11, Number 2 / 2013
  • “Spirit Filled Mission,” pp. 147 – 171. In Supernatural Missions, edited by Randy Clark (Mechanicsburg. PA: Global Awakening, 2012).
  • “Old and New Wine Skin: West Indian and the New West Africa Pentecostal Churches in Britain and the Challenge of Renewal” in The Many faces of Global Pentecostalism, ed. Harold Hunter, 2013.
  • “Nigeria Pentecostalism and Islam: Towards a Pentecostalized Vision of Interreligious Coexistence through Ubuntu Philosophy”, in Yong and Vinson Synan, eds Global Renewal Christianity (Lake Mary Florida: Charisma House, 2016), Chapter 19.
  • “Charlottesville and White Supremacy”, in Christianity Today, September 2017
  • “Shalom Justice”, in Fuller Magazine, September 2017 Issue.
  • “Healing in African Christian Spirituality: A Holistic, Integrated and Multi-dimensional Approach”, in Fuller Magazine, July 2018 Issue.
  • With Marcia Clarke, “Church Unity and the Spirit of Ubuntu: Insights from the Global South,” in Pentecostal Theology and Ecumenical Theology: Interpretations, Intersections, and Inspirations, Edited by Peter Hocken, Tony L. Richie, and Christopher A. Stephenson (Brill Academic Press, 2019).

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