Researchers

Prof. Tony Balcomb
University of KwaZulu-Natal/Akrofi Christaller Institute, South Africa

Team Leader

Prof Tony Balcomb is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His main interest is the articulation of worldviews at the interface between Africa and the West and South African political theology upon which he did his PhD published with the title “Third Way Theology – Reconciliation, Revolution, and Reform in the South African Church during the 1980’s. He has published 52 articles in peer reviewed journals and two books including Journey into the African Sun – Soundings in Search of Another way of Being in the World (UNISA, 2014). His recent publications include “The War of the Trees – analyzing the Rise and Fall of an Indigenous Mass Greening Movement amongst the Shona in Southern Zimbabwe using Actor Network Theory (ANT)” (JTSA March 2016) and “Theological Education in South Africa and the Epistemological divide – in search of the African Habitus” (Scriptura July 2015).

 

Dr. Ini Dorcas Dah
Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Ghana

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Ini Dorcus Dah is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture. She is also a researcher on the Nagel Project on African Realities and African Hope. She has worked with the children and youth ministries in the Eglise Protestante Evangélique du in Burkina Faso (EPE/BF) since 1995 and is a lay preacher in the same church. From 2007-2008 she taught as an English teacher in a secondary school, Collège Privé Thuongba, Gaoua, Burkina Faso. She served as a secretary with the Birifor Bible Translation Team in 2008 in Burkina Faso. Ini is an Alumni of the University of Ouagadougou and the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana (PhD). She is the author of “Birifor Women Leaders in Christian Mission: A Case Study of the Impact of Two Women on the Growth of the Apostolic Church of Ghana and the Eglise Protestante Evangélique Du Burkina Faso” which can be found in the Journal of African Christian Thought, Volume 17, number 2 (December 2015).

She is the founder and  president of the Association Evangélique pour la Joie et le Dévéloppement de la Femme: AEJDF (Evangelical Association for the Joy and Development of Women: EAJDW) which aims to:

1-Improve the living conditions of women on a spiritual, social and economic level,

2-Create a framework for sharing, sisterly communion, edification, prayer and the realisation of projects and spiritual activities for the benefit of women,

3-Encourage solidarity and mutual help and give women a framework for consultation and education for solving their specific problems,

4-Improve women’s financial conditions by raising funds and organising income generating activities.

She is married to Pastor Sie Joel Dah and has one child, Impewnimbo Sie Gabriel Dah.

 

 

Dr. Rudolf. K. Gaisie
Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Ghana.

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Dr Rudolf K Gaisie is a Research Fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture (ACI), Ghana, where he achieved his PhD in theology. He is involved in teaching aspects of early Graeco-Roman/Hellenistic and (North) African Christianity as well as the institute’s recent MA in Theology and Mission course on Christian Leadership from the African perspective. His research interests include early Graeco-Roman theology and Christology, African Christology and missiology, mother tongue Biblical studies and African Christian leadership. He co-authored a paper with Rev. Dr. Philip Laryea on a multitalented Akan Christian cocoa farmer, Thomas Yaw Kani (1877-1762) that was presented at a Cocoa  Conference organised by ACI in October 2015. His article on the continuing missiological significance of Ancestor Christology in Africa will be published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of African Christian Thought (Vol. 19, No. 1).

 

Dr. Seblewengel Daniel Woldegiorgis
Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) & Evangelical Theological College (ETC), Ethiopia

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Dr. Seblewengel Daniel is a part-time lecturer in Systematic Theology and Practical Theology at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology and the Evangelical Theological College. She holds a PhD in theology. Her research interests include the church and harmful traditional practices, counseling, and primal religions and African Christianity.  She has co-authored one book entitled “A Theological Reflections on Female Genital Mutilation.”

 

Dr. Sophia Chirongoma
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe; University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa

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Dr Sophia Chirongoma is a lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. She is also an Academic Associate/Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR) in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA). Her research interests and publications focus on the interface between culture, ecology, religion, health and gender. Being an academic activist and human rights advocate, she is actively involved in advocacy work for women and children’s rights. She is an active member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (the CIRCLE) and is the focal person on Culture, Gender justice and Youth Empowerment within the Africa Sustainable Peace Institute for Research and Education (ASPIRE). She is also the resource person for the dialogue on faith, culture and gender between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Young Women’s Christian Association (WYCA). 

 

Rev. Paul Deouyo
Lutheran Theological Institute of Meiganga, Cameroon

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Rev. Dr Paul Deouyo is currently teaching Systematic Theology at the Lutheraan Theological Institute in Meiganga (Cameroon). His current research area is Spirituality and Hope in Africa. He completed his Masters in the area of the Gospel of Atonement, and his PhD in the area of dialogue between Gospel and culture, using an African value to translate the Gospel of Reconciliation. He is still very interested in dealing with the issue of Gospel and Culture. He is a member of a group of researchers completing work on Spirituality and Hope in Africa.

His latest publication is an article titled: “Mang-Djala as a Cultural Resource in the Quest for Reconciliation in the Ethnically divided Country of Cameroon.”

More information on Rev Dr Deouyo can be found at:

http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/afe-adogame/

 
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