Revd Dr Paul Nzacahayo

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Job Title Methodist Tutor in the Centre for Ministerial Formation
Telephone 0121 452 2677
Room no. Room 26, New Building
MTh 1994 University of Edinburgh
MBA 1995 University of Edinburgh
PhD 2000 University of Edinburgh
Roles at Queen's

I am a Methodist tutor, working within the Centre for Ministerial Formation, and co-teach the Mission and Evangelism Module and the MA in Transformative Christian Leadership. I am also part of the teaching staff working with Methodist probationer ministers.

External roles and responsibilities

I am an ordained Methodist Minister. After studying Theology and Business Administration at Edinburgh University, I went into circuit ministry and served both in semi-urban and urban contexts in North Wales and the Black Country. My experience also includes cross-cultural ministerial practice and church planting strategies. I also served on the World Methodist Council – as a member of its Social and International Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2006.

I am a member of  the University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

I serve on the Connexional Candidates Selection Committee.

I provide support in an advisory capacity to the work of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District in Rwanda. 

Research interests and supervision areas

My research interests are in both the Theology of Migration and African Theology of Reconstruction. Post-colonial African theology has been keen to blame Western Christian and theological projects for all the ills that African people are going through. But what happens when this theological mirror is held by African theologians against themselves and their church and political leaders? Within the current context of mass migration I find such research not only an urgent priority but also an important aspect of the theological task that has been long overlooked.

I am interested in supervising doctoral dissertations in the following areas: Liberation theologies and Pastoral Theology.

Key publications
  • A Biblical and Historical Theology of Mission: Reflecting on the Flip Side of 'Reverse Mission' in Olofinjana, O.I. (ed) African Voices - Towards African British Theologies (Carlisle: Langham Partnership) 2017
  • Nzacahayo, P. and Nixon, M. (2009) Grieving in absence: A story of friendship, loss, grieving and God’s presence, Milton Keynes: Author House.
  • Nzacahayo, P. (2007) ‘The cure of evil speaking’, In 44 Sermons to serve the present age, Shier-Jones, A. and Reisman K.D. (Eds), London: Epworth Press.
  • Nzacahayo, P. (2004) Four churches in search of a future: The challenges and opportunities of amalgamation, Birkenhead: Countyvise Limited.
  • Nzacahayo, P. (2000) ‘The role of the white father missionaries in socio-economic conflicts in Rwanda between 1899 – 1916’, In Mission und gewalt – der umgang christlicher missionen mit gewalt und die ausbreitung des christentums in Afrika und Asien in der zeit von 1792 bis 1918/19, Van Der Heyden, H.U. and Bercher, J. (Eds), Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Nzacahayo, P. (1998) Ethnicity, race and culture, In Ethnicity, race and culture, Niringiye, Z. and Oginde, D. (Eds), Kampala: International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
  • Nzacahayo, P. (1997) ‘Religion and violence: Outbreak and overcoming, Africa: Rwanda’, In Religion as a source of violence? Kuschel, K.J. and Beuken, W. (Eds), London: SCM Press Ltd.