Research: Pentecostal and Charismatic studies

Birmingham is the original and now one of the largest and most prominent research centres for Pentecostal and Charismatic studies throughout the world.

Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements, ranging back over 40 years to the 1970s when the noted scholar of Pentecostalism Walter J. Hollenweger was Professor of Missions in the department. We have an outstanding international reputation with a particularly large community of postgraduate researchers in the area of global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. As a doctoral researcher in this subject you will become part of the University’s Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies and a broad network of scholars with access to an extensive collection of documents (including the internationally acclaimed Harold Turner Collection, with over 27,000 documents on the subject of New Religious Movements, African Initiated Churches, Pentecostal and analogous movements worldwide).

Staff with research interests in Pentecostal and Charismatic studies

Professor Allan Anderson

Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies

History and development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. Pentecostal theology in international and inter-cultural contexts. History of mission and inter-cultural theology.


Dr Andrew Davies

Dr Andrew Davies

Reader in the Public Understanding of Religion
Director, Edward Cadbury Centre

The Bible and contemporary culture; Pentecostal and Evangelical approaches to the Bible; literary criticisms; Old Testament (especially the prophetic books); intercultural theology; Pentecostalism; Pentecostal/Charismatic music and worship.

Dr Wolfgang Vondey

Reader in Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal Studies
Director, Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

Systematic theology, pneumatology, ecclesiology; theology and science; church, society and world; Pentecostal theology; pneumatology; liturgy and ritual. 


The Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic studies 
Birmingham is now one of the largest and most prominent research centres for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies throughout the world and our work has received international recognition and acclaim. As well as contributing to the department’s undergraduate programmes, we offer taught and research graduate degrees, and other assistance for researchers.  Visit the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic studies website

Theology and Religion research specialisms