Dr Wolfgang Vondey MA, MDiv, PhD

Department of Theology and Religion
Reader in Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal Studies
Director, Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

Contact details

Address
256 European Research Institute
Department of Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

I am a classically trained systematic theologian with a PhD in the field of systematic theology and ethics. I teach and research in the area of Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies with concentration on the theology of those movements. This focus in integrated in my larger concerns for pneumatology, ecclesiology, ecumenical theology, and the intersection of theology and science. I teach in the Master of Arts programme in Evangelical and Charismatic Studies and direct the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies with teaching and supervision in the Department of Theology and Religion.

Feedback and office hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am – 12 noon

Qualifications

  • MA, Philipps University Marburg, Germany (1994)
  • MDIV, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, USA (1999)
  • PhD, Marquette University, USA (2003)

Biography

I was born and raised in Germany completing my higher education and degree in Japanese Studies, Japanese Linguistics, and Media Science at Philipps University
Marburg
. During the 1990s I lived in Tokyo, studying at Keio University, and in Okinawa, as Coordinator for International Relations, until moving to the United States in 1996 to begin theological studies. I graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN) in 1999 and received my PhD in systematic theology and ethics from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) in 2003. Following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Boston College, I joined the Regent University Divinity School in 2005. I founded and directed the Regent Center for Renewal Studies from 2009-2015. I became associate professor in 2010 and was awarded a Chair in 2015. I am a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the American Academy of Religion, and have conducted several large-scale conferences on interdisciplinary themes with relation to Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. I am also the founding chair of the ecumenical studies group of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Teaching

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

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome research in a diverse range of fields and disciplines. I am a classically trained systematic theologian with background in philosophy, linguistics, and ethics. My primary expertise is in Pentecostal and Charismatic theology, trinitarian theology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, ecumenical theology, and the intersection of theology and science. Over the last 20 years I have supervised various themes of research including theological method, Christology, soteriology, election, justification, ethics, spirituality, social justice, spiritual discernment, political theology, public theology, diverse Pentecostal doctrines, and studies of individual figures.

I have also served as external reader of theses on different contextual studies (countries, denominations, people groups) and other constructive arguments (aesthetics, media, law, government, immigration, science etc.) as well as various theological concentrations (e.g., liberation theology, Catholic theology, postcolonialism). My early research was on Catholic themes (my dissertation is on the Catholic systematician Heribert Mühlen) with focus on ecclesiology, pneumatology, evangelization, and sacramental theology. I have been a consultant to the Luther Academy (U.S.) for ten years and welcome research on the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. I have also done some work on nineteenth-century German theology and German idealism (from Schlegel to Feuerbach), liberal theology (particularly Schleiermacher and Tillich), and French post-structuralism (Saussure, Baudrillard, Lacan).

I have consistent interest in ritual, sacrament, and liturgy. And I am coeditor of a book series with interdisciplinary focus (CHARIS). I can help with research in a variety of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese.

I look forward to learning about your interests and welcome conversations on any theological topic.

Research

My research interests include:

  • Pentecostal and Charismatic theology
  • Theological method and hermeneutics
  • Pneumatology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Ecumenical studies
  • Theology and Science
  • Ritual and Liturgical Studies

Other activities

I am co-editor of the series Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies with Amos Yong and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Publications

Books

  • Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.
  • The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: Historical, Interdisciplinary, and Renewal Perspectives. Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies 1. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Pentecostalism and Christian Unity, vol. 2, Continuing and Building Relationships. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.
  • The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship: Passion for the Spirit: Co-edited with Martin W. Mittelstadt. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed, Guide for the Perplexed Series. London and New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark International, 2013.
  • Beyond Pentecostalism: The Crisis of Global Christianity and the Renewal of the Theological Agenda. Pentecostal Manifestos Series 3. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
  • People of Bread: Rediscovering Ecclesiology. New York: Paulist Press, 2008.
  • Heribert Mühlen: His Theology and Praxis. A New Profile of the Church. Lanham, MD: University of America Press, 2004

Essays

  • “Embodied Gospel: The Materiality of Pentecostal Theology at the Altar.” In Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, vol. 8, Pentecostals and the Body, eds. Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 46-72.
  • “Pneumatology from the Perspective of the Spirit: A Historical and Theological Assessment,” in Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics, ed. Myk Habets  (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016), 77–96.
  • “The Theology of the Altar and Pentecostal Sacramentality.” In Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy, eds. Mark J. Cartledge and A. J. Swoboda. (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2016), 94–107.
  • “Spirit and Nature: Pentecostal Pneumatology in Dialogue with Tillich’s Pneumatological Ontology.” In Spiritual Presence and Spiritual Power: Pentecostal Readings of and Engagement with the Legacy of Paul Tillich, ed. Nimi Wariboko, Amos Yong. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), 30–44.
  • “Soziales Engagement und Triumphalismus in der Pfingstbewegung.“ In Das Evangelium den Armen: Die Pfingstbewegung im Spannungsfeld zwischen sozialer Verantwortung und klassischem Missionsverständnis, edited by Marcel Redling. Material zum geistlichen Dienst 19 (Darmstadt: FTHG, 2013), 23–50.
  • “Pentecostal Worship: The Making of American History from African Slave Narratives to Urban City Scapes.” Pentecostalism and Race in America, eds. Robbie Waddell, Zachery Tackett, and Estrelda Alexander (forthcoming).
  • “Pentecostalism and Ecumenism.” In The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism, ed. Cecil M. Robeck Jr. and Amos Yong (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 273–93.
  • “Spirit and Nature: Pentecostal Pneumatology in Dialogue with Tillich’s Pneumatological Ontology.” In Spiritual Presence and Spiritual Power: Pentecostal Readings of and Engagement with the Legacy of Paul Tillich, ed. Nimi Wariboko and Amos Yong (forthcoming).
  • “Pentecostal Christian Education.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Kurian and Mark Lamport, volume 2, 943–44 (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
  • “Eucharist.”  In Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 869-71.
  • “Heribert Mühlen.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 1589-90.
  • “Ecumenism.” In Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 789-95.
  • Chronos: Christianity and Time.”  In Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). 516-18.
  • “The Denomination in Classical and Global Pentecostal Ecclesiology: A Historical and Theological Contribution.” In Denomination: Assessing an Ecclesiological Category, ed. Paul M. Collins and Barry Ensign-George, Ecclesiological Investigations (New York: Continuum, 2011), 100-16.
  • “Does God Have a Place in the Universe? Physics and the Quest for the Holy Spirit.” In Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences, eds. James K. A. Smith & Amos Yong (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2010), 75-91.
  • “Pentecostal Contributions to the Nature and Mission of the Church.” In Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments, ed. Wolfgang Vondey, 256-68. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
  • “Introduction.” In Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments, ed. Wolfgang Vondey, xi-xxv. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
  • “Pentecostal Perspectives on The Nature and Mission of the Church: Challenges and Opportunities for Ecumenical Transformation.” In “The Nature and Mission of the Church”: Ecclesial Reality and Ecumenical Horizons for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Paul M. Collins and Michael A. Fahey (Ecclesiological Investigations1; New York: Continuum, 2008), 55-68.
  • “Glossolalia.” In Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008), 343-45.
  • “Violence.” In Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008), 919-23.
  • “Introduction to the New Edition.” In The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2004), ix-xvi. 
  • Wolfgang Vondey and Erich Pauer. “Energiepolitik und Steinkohle von 1945 bis 1990.” In „Schwarzes Gold“ in Japan: Beiträge zur Geschichte des japanischen Steinkohlebergbaus, ed. Erich Pauer, Marburger Japan Reihe 4 (Marburg: Japan-Zentrum, 1991), 175-99.

Articles

  • “Die Theologie der Pfingstbewegung: Beiträge und Herausforderungen an die christliche Dogmatik.“ Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 59, no. 3 (2017): 427-46.
  • “Pentecostalism and the Reformation: Toward a Joint Ecumenical Commemoration.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 37, no. 2 (2017): 1–13.
  • “The Presence of the Spirit in the Academy: Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies as an Interdisciplinary Concern.” PentecoStudies: Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 16, no. 1 (2017): 85–116.
  • “Soteriology at the Altar: Pentecostal Contributions to Salvation as Praxis.” Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 34, no. 1 (2016): 223-38.
  • “Full Gospel or Pure Gospel: Principles of Lutheran and Pentecostal Theology.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55, no. 4 (2016): 324-33.
  • “The Impact of Culture and Social Justice on Christian Formation in Pentecostalism.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 24, no. 2 (2015): 201–16.
  • “The Unity and Diversity of Pentecostal Theology: A Brief Survey for the Ecumenical Community in the West.” Ecclesiology 10, no. 1(2014): 76–100.
  • “Spirit and Nature as Ultimate Concern: Tillich's ‘Radical’ Ontology in Conversation with Contemporary Pentecostalism.” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 39, no. 1 (2013): 30–35.
  • “La théologie pentecôtiste selon une perspective œcuménique : Défis et opportunités pour son intégration.” Istina 57, no. 4 (2012): 369-87.
  • “The Making of a Black Liturgy: Pentecostal Worship and Spirituality from African Slave Narratives to Urban City Scapes.” Black Theology 10, no. 2(2012): 147-68.
  • “Pentecostals and Ecumenism: Becoming the Church as a Pursuit of Christian Unity,” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 11, no. 4 (2011): 318-30.
  • “Wesleyan Theology and the Disjointing of the Protestant Scripture Principle.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 46, no. 2 (2011): 70-85.
  • “Response to the Review of Brad Harper’s and Paul Louis Metzger’s Exploring Ecclesiology,” The Pneuma Review 14, no. 2 (2011): 7, 61-63.
  • “Between This and That: Reality and Sacramentality in the Pentecostal Worldview.” Joint article with Chris W. Green. Journal of Pentecostal Theology 19, no. 2 (2010): 243-64.
  • “Oneness and Trinitarian Pentecostalism: Critical Dialogue on the Ecumenical Creeds.” One in Christ 44, no. 1 (2010): 86-102.
  • “Pentecostal Identity and Christian Discipleship.” Bethel Journal of Christian Theology and Ministry 1 (July 2010): 23-37.
  • “Pentecostal Ecclesiology and Eucharistic Hospitality: Toward a Systematic and Ecumenical Account of the Church.” Pneuma. Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 32, no. 1 (2010): 41-55.
  • “The Holy Spirit and the Physical Universe: The Impact of Scientific Paradigm Shifts on Contemporary Pneumatology.” Theological Studies 70, no. 1 (2009): 3-36.
  • “Point de vue pentecôstiste. (Dossier à propos du document Nature et Mission de L’Église)” Unité des Chrétiens 149 (January 2008): 23–26.
  • “New Evangelization and Liturgical Praxis in the Roman Catholic Church,” Studia Liturgica 36.2 (2006): 231-252.
  • “Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology. Implications of the Theology of Amos Yong,” Pneuma. Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 28.2 (2006): 289-312.
  • “A Pentecostal Perspective on The Nature and Mission of the Church.” Ecumenical Trends 35.8(2006): 1-5.
  • “The Holy Spirit and Time in Contemporary Catholic and Protestant Theology.”  Scottish Journal of Theology 58.4 (Winter 2005): 393-409.
  • “Die Rezeption der Theologie Heribert Mühlens im internationalen Raum.” Forum Katholische Theologie 20.3 (2004): 186-203.
  • “Christian Enthusiasm: Can the Olympic Flame Kindle the Fire of Christianity?” Word & World 23.3 (Summer 2003): 312-320.
  • “The Symbolic Turn: A Symbolic Conception of the Liturgy of Pentecostalism.”  Wesleyan Theological Journal 36.2 (Fall 2001): 223-247.
  • “Presuppositions for Pentecostal Engagement in Ecumenical Dialogue.” Exchange: Journal for Missiological and Ecumenical Research 30.4 (2001): 344-358.
  • “Appeal for a Pentecostal Council for Ecumenical Dialogue.”  Mid-Stream 40.3 (July 2001): 45-56.
  • “Christian Amnesia.  Who in the World Are Pentecostals?”  Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 4.1 (January 2001): 21-39.
  • “Ecumenism on the Way: The German Katholikentag.”  Journal of Ecumenical Studies 37.2 (Spring 2000): 200-202.
  • “Pentecostal Identity and Christian Discipleship,” Cyberjournal for Pentecostal/Charismatic Research 6 (1999).