Carver Anderson

Carver Anderson

Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Developing a Black Practical Pentecostal Theology, towards the rehabilitation and desistance of black young men
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Pattison
PhD Theology and Religion


My research  interest has been influenced by my work as a pastor, minister, social worker and member of the community engaging with young black men regarding issues such  as: The disproportionate numbers of black youths represented in school exclusion and educational underachievement figures, the challenges and confrontation with the police and criminal justice system, living in poor and deprived neighbourhoods (ghettos),experiencing racism, overrepresentation in the prison population, black-on black violence and involvement in gun and knife crime ( Coombe,1986; Little and Robinson,1982; Scarman,1981; McLagan,2005). Furthermore, my prior mapping suggests that black young men are misunderstood and misrepresented in how they are portrayed in some sectors of our society (Anderson, 1999; Gunter,2010; Beckford,2004)

The research therefore explores and analyses key themes and issues emerging from young black men’s narratives and lived experiences in order to develop greater understanding that is able to further inform my practice in working with black young men. This is combined with the dialogue and conversations with black Pentecostal church leaders regarding their involvement or non involvement with black young men categorised above.


I have contributed chapters/ essays in the following publications:

  • Aldred, J & Ogbo, K (2010) Black Church in the 21st Century. Darton, Longman & Todd
  • Black Theology : An International Journal volume 6 ,Published by Maney Publishing
  • Thompson, P (2013) Challenges of Black Pentecostal Leadership in the 21st Century, London, SPCK Publishing.