Dr Cathy Ross

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Position Lecturer in Contextual Theologies and Director of Cuddesdon Study Centre
Email cathy.ross@rcc.ac.uk
Telephone 01865 877420

I am currently Tutor in Contextual Theologies at Ripon College Cuddesdon, MA Coordinator for Pioneer Leadership Training at CMS (Church Mission Society) and  Lecturer in Mission at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.  I come from Aotearoa/NZ.  Until mid 2010 I managed the Crowther Centre for Mission Education at CMS, and was the J V Taylor Fellow in Missiology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.  I am also the General Secretary of the International Association for Mission Studies. I have previously worked in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda with NZCMS.  My research interests are in the areas of contextual theologies, World Christianity, feminist theologies and hospitality.  I am married to Steve, a GP in Oxford and we have 3 children and one grandchild.  I enjoy playing tennis, swimming, coffee, travel and watching the All Blacks.

MA 1983 University of Auckland, NZ
Teaching Diploma 1984 Auckland Teachers College
Cambridge Diploma of Religious Studies 1987 All Nations Christian College
BD 1998 Melbourne College of Divinity
PhD 2004 University of Auckland, NZ

Broadly I teach in the area of practical theology covering contextual theologies, mission studies, theological reflection. I teach courses accredited by both Durham and Oxford Universities. I teach both ordinands and lay students, including pioneers at CMS.  I also maintain links with Congo and taught at the Anglican University in Congo in 2015.

I am a lay Anglican and have worked as a mission partner with NZCMS in Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.

Trusteeships: SPCK, Oxford Youth Works, St Augustine’s Trust; Member of Faith and Order Commission; General Secretary of the International Association for Mission Studies; Co-editor of ANVIL journal; Consulting Editor: Mission Studies, Transformation; External Examiner: ANCC (mission studies) and Glasgow University (Practical Theology).

Research interests and supervision areas

My research interests range quite broadly.  I am currently involved in small research projects looking at the nature of evangelism, African Diaspora Christianity and developing ‘Creative Conversations’ as a research methodology.  Broadly I am interested in anything to do with contextual theologies, hospitality and welcome, difference.  I find that my work at Ripon College Cuddesdon, CMS and Regent’s Park College exposes me to a fascinating range of networks, people and perspectives so there is always much to learn and explore!

I have supervised dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  I am interested in supervising in the areas of: contextual theologies including feminist theologies, World Christianity, mission, hospitality.



2006                   Women with a Mission, Rediscovering Missionary Wives in Early New Zealand, (Auckland:Penguin, 2006)

2008                Mission in the 21st Century, Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission (ed with Andrew Walls); (London:DLT, 2008)

2012                Mission in Context, Explorations Inspired by J Andrew Kirk, J Corrie & C Ross (eds), Surrey:Ashgate.

2012                Life-Widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives, Oxford:Regnum,

2014               The Pioneer Gift (eds) J Baker and C Ross (Norwich:Canterbury Press)

2015                  Mission on the Road to Emmaus, with Steve Bevans, (London:SCM)

2015                Pioneering Spirituality with J Baker, (Norwich:Canterbury Press)

Articles and chapters

2007                Family, Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries, (Berkshire, 2007)

2008                “Creating Space:Hospitality as a Metaphor for Mission” Anvil, vol 25,  (3) 2008, 167-76.

2010                “The Theology of Partnership”, IBMR  Vol 34, No 3 , July 2010, 145-50.

2010                Great Commission Christians Atlas of Global Christianity, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009

2010                “The Five Marks of Mission – their Role and Significance for the Anglican Communion” in J Fairbrother (ed), To the church, To the World, Ki te Hahi Ki te Ao, (Auckland:Vaughan Park, 2010)

2010                Mission Spirituality and Authentic Discipleship in Edinburgh 2010, Witnessing to Christ Today, Vol II,  (eds) D Balia and K Kim  (Oxford:Regnum)

2011                Is Christianity Good for Women? in Reconsidering Gender:Evangelical Perspectives, M Habets and B Wood (eds) Oregon:Pickwick, 2011; 105-115, [ISBN: 978-1-60899-547-9]

2012                An Exposition and Critique of the Five Marks of Mission in Ecclesiology in Mission Perspective/Ekklesiologie in missionarischer Perspective, Contributions to the Seventh Theological conference within the framework of the Meissen Process of the Church of England and the Evangelical church in German, (Evangelische Verlaganstalt:Leipzig, 2012), 146-170.

2012                “A Shirt-tail Experience? The Role and Significance of Women in Majority World Churches.” Jurnal teologic 11.1 (2012): 5-25.

2013                “Without Faces: Women's Perspectives on Contextual Missiology”, Putting faces to names: Women in Mission History and Theology" published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, USA.

2013                “In Light of Recent Events, Please be Extra vigilant’: Being Attentive to World  Christianity” in Missions in Polycentric Dimensions: Essays in Global Theology in Honor of Tite Tienou.(eds) Caseley B Essamuah and David Ngaruiya, (Wipf and Stock, 2014)

2014                “Attending to Global Christianity I: Hospitality as Creating Space for the Other”, Baptistic Theologies, no 1, 2014, ISSN 1803-618X; pp 1-11

2014                “Attending to Global Christianity II: Attentiveness as Creating Space for Hospitality”, Baptistic Theologies, no 1, 2014, ISSN 1803-618X; pp 12-22

2015                Often, Often, Often Goes the Christ in the Stranger’s Guise”: Hospitality as a Hallmark of Christian Ministry,”  International Bulletin of Missionary Research; Oct; 176-179.

2015                “Mission” Oxford Handbook on Anglicanism, (OUP, 2015)