Dr Mark Cartledge BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (Wales), FRSA


Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology

Department of Theology and Religion

Dr Mark Cartledge

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Cartledge is a practical theologian and an Anglican priest who has spent most of his academic career teaching and researching in the fields of Church ministry and Pentecostal and Charismatic studies.


  • BA (Hons) Theology
  • MPhil Theology
  • PhD Practical Theology
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)


Mark Cartledge has been researching Charismatic Christianity for over twenty years and has focused mainly on the subject of inspired speech (prophecy and glossolalia). He thus combines the disciplinary expertise of a practical theologian, especially using empirical research methods, with an interest in the largest Protestant tradition in the world today. 

He is a member of a number of academic societies, including the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology and the International Academy of Practical Theology.  He is also a member of the steering group of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism and the Associate Editor of the network’s peer-review journal PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

In addition, he is an editor for the monograph series Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues (Paternoster) and an editorial board member of the book series Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies (Brill).  He teaches modules on Christian Theology, in particular Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology; he also contributes to the Doctor of Practical Theology programme.


  • Themes in Christian Theology
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology
  • Contemporary Theology of the Holy Spirit

Postgraduate supervision

  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology
  • Empirical studies of contemporary Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

Recent theses supervised to completion:

  • Delroy Hall, 'But God meant it for Good: Inter-personal Conflict in an African Caribbean Pentecostal Congregation, PhD, 2013.
  • Samuel Muindi, ‘The Nature and Significance of Prophecy in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Experience: An Empirical-Biblical Study’, PhD, 2012.
  • Stephen Torr, ‘A Dramatic Pentecostal/Charismatic Anti-Theodicy: Improvising on a Divine Performance of Lament', PhD 2012(co-supervisor).
  • Janet Warren, 'Cleansing the Cosmos: A Biblical Model for Conceptualizing and Counteracting Evil', PhD 2012 (co-supervisor).
  • Chigor Chike, ‘African Pneumatology in a British Context: A Contemporary Study’, PhD 2011.
  • Graham Smith, ‘The Church Militant: The Theology and Spirituality of ‘Spiritual Warfare’ in the Charismatic Renewal and its Significance for the Anglican Communion’, PhD 2011.
  • A.J. Swoboda, ‘Trees and Tongues: Towards a Green Pentecostal Pneumatology of Ecological and Creational Redemption’, PhD 2011.
  • Shaibu Abraham, ‘Ordinary Indian Pentecostal Christology’, PhD  2011.
  • Andrew Lord, ‘Network Church: A Pentecostal Ecclesiology Shaped by Mission’, PhD 2010.


  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology
  • Practical and Empirical Theology
  • Empirical studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

Mark is currently working on: The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology, in the Pentecostal Manifestos Series (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans)

Mark (Principal Investigator) has been awarded a major AHRC grant (£718, 140 fEC) for a project entitled: Megachurches and Social Engagement in London.  He is working with Andrew Davies (Co-Investigator), a colleague from the Centre for Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies. It is the first UK-funded research project to look at so-called ‘megachuches’, defined as attracting more than 2000 worshippers per week.  In London there are ten such churches, with the largest gathering up to 15,000 people.  The project aims to investigate the nature of the megachurches’ social engagement, interpreting the significance of this participation for public theology and elucidating the policy implications for religion and society.



  • Editor (with David Cheetham) Intercultural Theology: Approaches and Themes (London: SCM Press, 2011)
  • Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology) 219 pp.
  • Encountering the Spirit: The Charismatic Tradition (London: Darton, Longman & Todd; 2006; Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007; Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series) 152 pp. 
  • (Editor) Speaking in Tongues: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2006, Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues) 238 pp.
  • The Gift of Speaking in Tongues: The Holy Spirit, the human spirit and the gift of holy speech (Cambridge: Grove Books Ltd, Renewal Series 19, 2005) 28 pp. [booklet]
  • Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives (Carlisle: Paternoster, monograph series: Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues, 2003) 271 pp.
  • Charismatic Glossolalia: An empirical-theological study (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002, New Critical Thinking in Theology and Biblical Studies Series) 253 pp.
  • (Editor with David Mills), Covenant Theology: Contemporary Approaches (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002) 128 pp.
  • Testimony: Its Importance, Place and Potential (Cambridge: Grove Books Ltd, Renewal Series 9, 2002) 28 pp. [booklet]


Recent and forthcoming articles and chapters in books

  • ‘Renewal Ecclesiology in Empirical Perspective’, Pneuma: the Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, (2014).
  • (with Andrew Davies), ‘A Megachurch in a Megacity: A Study of Cyberspace Representation’, PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 13.1 (2014).
  • ‘Pentecostal Theology’ in Amos Yong and C. Mel Robeck (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • ‘The Use of Scripture in Practical Theology: A Study of Academic Practice’, Practical Theology 6.3 (2013) pp. 271-283.
  • ‘Ordinary Theology and the British Assemblies of God Doctrinal Tradition: A Qualitative Study’ in Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis (eds.), Explorations in Ordinary Theology (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) pp. 107-116.
  • ‘Charismatic Spirituality’ in Richard Woods & Peter Tyler (eds.), The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality (London:Bloomsbury, 2012) pp. 214-225.
  • 'Pentecostal Healing as an Expression of Godly Love: An Empirical Study', Mental Health, Religion & Culture 16.5/6 (2013) pp. 501-522.
  • 'Religious Socialization and Benevolence: A Study among American Pentecostals', Journal of Beliefs & Values 34.1 (2013) pp. 46-63.
  • ‘Family Socialization, Godly Love and Pentecostal Spirituality: A Study among the Church of God (Cleveland, TN)’, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 23 (2012) pp. 1-27.
  • (with Kimberly Alexander and James P. Bowers), ‘Spirit Baptism, Socialization and Godly Love among the Church of God (Cleveland, TN)’, PentecoStudies 11.1 (2012) pp. 27-47.
  • ‘Text-Community-Spirit: The Challenges posed by Pentecostal Theological Method to Evangelical Theology’, in Kevin Spawn and Archie T.Wright (eds.), Spirit and Scripture: Examining a Pneumatic Hermeneutic (Edinburgh: T&T Clark International, 2012) pp. 130-142.
  • ‘Pneumatic Hermeneutics: A Reply to Respondents’, in Kevin Spawn and Archie T. Wright (eds.), Spirit and Scripture: Examining a Pneumatic Hermeneutic (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2012) pp. 186-188.
  • ‘Exploring Ordinary Trinitarian Theology in the Assemblies of God: A Qualitative Study’, in Andrew Davies and Robert P. Pope (eds), The Spirit in Society: Perspectives on Pentecostalism in Honour of William K. Kay (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012) forthcoming.
  • ‘Pentecostalism’ in Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) pp. 587-595.
  • ‘Glossolalia’ in Adam Stewart (ed.), 50 Essential Terms for Understanding Pentecostalism (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois UniversityPress, 2012) pp. 94-97.
  • ‘Socialization, Empirical Studies and Godly Love: A Case Study in Survey Research’ in Matthew Lee and Amos Yong (eds.), The Science and Theology of Godly Love (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois UniversityPress, 2012) pp. 183-199.
  • ‘Charismatic Movement’ in the Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception(Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011).
  • ‘Pentecostal and charismatic theology comes of age’, Theology 114.5 (2011) pp. 363-370.
  • ‘Editorial: Illustrating Interdisciplinarity’, PentecoStudies 10.1 (2011) pp. 5-7.
  • ‘Charismatic Spirituality’ in the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic Press, 2011) pp. 347-349.
  • ‘Demonology and Deliverance: A Practical-Theological CaseStudy’ in William K. Kay and Robin Parry (eds.), Deliverance and Exorcism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2011) pp. 243-263.
  • ‘Glossolalia’ in David Fergusson, Karen Kilby, Iain Torrance and Ian A. McFarland (eds.), Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2011).


Pentecostal and Charismatic christianity; contemporary beliefs and practices; the relationship between Church and Society

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