Jane Leach
Jane’s doctoral research was on faith development theory. She researches, supervises and publishes in the fields of practical theology and theological education with a particular interest in the dialogue between theology and the social sciences. Her current doctoral students are exploring: good practice in the supervision of spiritual direction; the cross-cultural struggles of international students; the role of the creative arts in healthy patterns of ministry; urban pioneer ministry & liberal evangelism. Read more

Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman
Daniel’s doctoral research explored John Henry Newman’s philosophical legacy in the work of the Methodist Theologian William J Abraham. Currently he is researching, teaching and publishing in the area of African Studies, Wesleyan Theology and Anglicanism. Daniel’s research interests include: the philosophical reception of John Henry Newman, John Wesley’s Anglican heritage, the Logic of William J Abraham’s Canonical Theism, the reception of Anglo-Catholicism in Africa, African Philosophy and the rise of Neo-Pentecostalism in Africa. Read more


PhD Students

Charles Lungu
Charles’ doctoral research is on Religious Pluralism in the context of Zambia’s declaration as a Christian nation. The  research will contribute to this debate by focusing on developing a contextually-relevant model for interfaith dialogue that will provide a point of contact between Christianity and Islam, the two largest faith groupings in Zambia. Charles is particularly interested in discovering what factors are significant in the development of a model of interfaith dialogue which will promote healthy co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Zambia.

Hankyu Kim
Hankyu’s doctoral research is concerned with finding a theological model of contextualisation in relation to local culture. He is particularly focusing on the impact of local culture on the social development practice of Christian missions in Ghana. He is exploring how the social mission of the Methodist Church in Ghana has related to the local culture and how this has then impacted the social mission of the Methodist Church.

Alison Waterhouse
Alison’s doctoral research is exploring the role of religious conversion in supporting and enabling prisoners and ex-prisoners in the process of desistance of crime. There are three contexts to her research – theological, social and criminological. By the end of this research project she will have looked at the theological context of religious conversion, the nature and context of the prisoner’s own experience and considered the relevant parallels with criminal desistance theory.

Craig Wilson
Craig’s doctoral research is concerned with an Ulster-Scots and Irish American sacramental discussion arising from a sermon preached by Alexander Campbell in 1816. His thesis is that this sermon is Campbell’s ecclesiastical programme for liberty and as such encapsulates his distinctive theological position which led to a re-evaluation of his views on baptism. The primary research question is, “Is Alexander Campbell’s ‘distinctive’ theology together with his ‘restorative’ baptismal position, essentially compatible with a New Testament theology of covenantal infant baptism?”

D Prof Students
Liyan Bai
Liyan’s research arises from the work she is doing in the voluntary sector with older people in Singapore. Her working hypothesis is that older people would enjoy their last life stage better if they have sufficient spiritual resources. Here spirituality is defined as “an embodied and relational search for meaning and purpose in life and a way of coping and connecting with a sense of transcendence or the sacred”. As she works with older people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she is looking for a methodology to help elders from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds to develop spiritual resources.