Senior Advisory Council

Leadership of the SAC:

  • Dr. Jesse Mugambi, co-Chair
  • Dr. Jonathan Bonk, co-Chair
  • Dr. Nimi Wariboko, transitional co-Chair
Prof. Dr. James N. Amanze
General Secretary, Association of Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA)
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana

Rev. Prof. Deji Isaac Ayegboyin
Professor and Head, Department of Religious Studies
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria

Prof. Philomena Njeri Mwaura
Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Kenyatta University
Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Paul Nchoji Nkwi
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Catholic University of Cameroon
Bamenda, Cameroun

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD
Former military head of state (1976-1979) and president of Nigeria (1999-2007)
Lecturer, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
Lagos, Nigeria

Rev. Prof. Thomas Oduro
Good News Theological College and Seminary
Accra-North, Ghana; active in WAATI

International Editorial Board

Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies at Knox College, University of Toronto, Canada.

The Reverend Gabriel Leonard Allen is a theologian, ecumenist & Interfaith activist, and a pastor in the Methodist Church of The Gambia.

Let us describe the DACB-JACB as a vibrant and irrepressible movement, enveloping all Africa and its Diaspora, dedicated to preserving, retelling, recording, researching, reviewing, reconstructing, and reinterpreting the testimonies, travails and histories of that “Great Cloud of Witnesses” and their Christian missions which once propagated “life in all its fullness” in Africa!

Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah is Secretary of the Global Christian Forum and author of Genuinely Ghanaian: A History of the Methodist Church Ghana (Africa World Press, 2010).

Dr. Jean-Luc Enyegue, SJ is Interim Director at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (Nairobi), a lecturer in church history at Hekima University College (Kenya), and the author of several articles including “The Jesuits in Fernando Pó, 1857-1972: An Incomplete Mission” (Brill 2015).

Prof. Mary Getui is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya). She has published widely on religion, culture, gender, education, peace, family and health.

The DACB journal unfolds the often untold story of Africa Christianity, unearths the behind the scenes silent movers that have through the ages and in diverse ways made significant contribution to and in the church in Africa.

Prof. Dr. Edison Muhindo Kalengyo is a member of the Association of Theological Institutions in Eastern Africa (ATIEA) and Professor at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Ministry, Uganda Christian University.

Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Loba Mkole (OP) is Professor Extraordinary at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Visiting Professor at Hekima University College (Kenya), and Global Translation Advisor, United Bible Societies.

Rev. Dr. Fohle Lygunda li-M (DMin, PhD) is an extraordinary researcher at North-West University, South Africa. He is the founding executive director of the Africa Center for Interdisciplinary Studies based in Kinshasa, DRC. Professor of missiology, leadership and contextual theology in several universities in Kinshasa, he is the author of a dozen books published in both French and English including A Model of Missional Leadership Training in a Context of Brokeness (Proquest 2011) and Transforming Missiology: An Alternative Approach to Missiological Education (Langham 2018). He is also the DACB Regional Director for Francophone Africa (see full contact info here).

DACB is a tool that can be used to help our generation understand the legacy of our predecessors, a legacy that makes the bedrock of African Christianity today. I often use DACB for both my academic and mission mobilization activities with great satisfaction. I am convinced that theological institutions in Africa could meaningfully benefit from DACB in many ways.

Rev. Dr. Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele) is Professor of Old Testament Studies in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa.

Dr. Kyama Mugambi is the Editorial Manager of African Theological Network Press, a Lecturer in African Christianity, and the author of A Spirit of Revitalization: Urban Pentecostalism in Kenya (Baylor University Press, 2020).

Very. Rev. Protopresbyter Fr. Evangelos E. M. Thiani is Vice Rector and Senior Lecturer at the Orthodox College of Africa, priest and Director of Theological Advancement, Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Technical Advisors to the Executive Director

  • Dr Anicka Fast is a Specialist in church history and missiology for francophone Africa with Mennonite Mission Network, and co-representative for Burkina Faso with Mennonite Central Committee, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She engages in teaching, mentoring, networking, and research/writing to support the capacity of French-speaking churches in Africa to tell the stories that shape their identity as part of a global church.
  • Dr. Michael Glerup is Executive Director of the Center for Early African Christianity, New Haven, CT, and the Executive Director of the Project on Religious Freedom & Society in Africa at Yale University’s Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He is the General Editor for a fourteen-volume series titled Ancient Commentary Texts (IVP) and has published and edited a number of volumes on ancient Christianity. He has contributed chapters to multi-author books in theology, spirituality, and patristic interpretation.
  • Dr. Daryl Ireland is Associate Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission and Research Assistant Professor of Mission at Boston University School of Theology. He is the author of John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man (Baylor University Press, 2020).
  • Dr. Alex Mayfield, is Project Director of The China Historical Christian Database, Managing Editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and Postdoctoral Fellow at The Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University.
  • Dr. Sara Fretheim is Assistant Lecturer/Research Assistant at the Institute for Missiology and Non-European Theologies at the University of Münster, Germany. She is the author of Kwame Bediako and African Christian Thought: Emerging Religious Discourse in 20th Century Ghana (Pickwick 2018) and Assistant Editor for Mission Studies. She recently produced and directed a short film, “Orality and African Christian Spirituality: An Introduction,” as part of a grant from the Nagel Institute’s African Theological Advance Initiative (2017–2020).
  • Dr. Vika Zafrin is a digital humanities scholar, digital librarian, and creator of supportive infrastructure. Her primary interests include freely accessible digital collections, semantic text analysis, organizational change and sustainability, experimental pedagogy, and facilitating the adoption of digital tools and methods in humanities research and teaching. She worked in higher education for over 20 years before transitioning into the tech industry.
  • Dr. Gina Zurlo is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, where she is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Religion and Demography and works on the World Religion Database (Brill).