Former PhD Students

The Centre is proud of the many students who have completed PhD studies with us, both in Edinburgh and in its earlier incarnation in Aberdeen. Those marked with a diesis (‡) can be found in hard copy form in the Centre archives, although some have subsequently been digitised.






  • B. Violet James (1989), ‘American Protestant missions and the Vietnam war’ ‡
  • Robert L. Kennedy (1989), ‘Best intentions: contacts between German Pietists and Anglo-American Evangelicals 1945-54’ ‡
  • Robert L. Kennedy (1988), ‘Turning westward. Anglo-American Evangelical and Pietist interactions through 1954’ ‡
  • Gerishon N. M. Kirika (1988), ‘Aspects of the religion of the Gikuyu of Central Kenya before and after the European contact, with special reference to prayer and sacrifice’ ‡
  • Samuel S. Simbandumwe (1988), ‘Israel in two African prophet movements: an inquiry into the Mount Zion-Jerusalem concept as reflected in the aspects of hymns and prayer-songs of the Kimbangu and Shembe prophet movements’ ‡
  • Philippa J. Baylis (1987), ‘Andrew Lang and the study of religion in the Victorian era with special reference to his high god theory’ ‡
  • Murumba Jem Oguogho (1987), ‘A critique of African liberation theologies from the perspective of Latin American liberation theology and North American black theology’ ‡
  • Theodore Paul Christian Gabriel (1986), ‘Inter-religious conflict in India: the dynamics of Hindu-Muslim relations in North Malabar 1498-1947’ ‡
  • Mark Onesosan Ogharaerumi (1986), ‘The translation of the Bible into Yoruba, Igbo and Isekiri languages of Nigeria, with special reference to the contributions of mother-tongue speakers’ ‡
  • Donald John Mackay (1985), ‘The once and future kingdom: Kongo models of renewal in the Church at Ngombe Lutete and in the Kimbanguist Movement’ ‡
  • John Mason Hitchen (1984), ‘Training ‘Tamate’: formation of the nineteenth century missionary worldview: the case of James Chalmers’ ‡
  • Aaron Chikwendu Owoh (1984), ‘Church growth and self-reliance in Zambia: the indigenous United Church in Zambia’ ‡
  • Ismail bin Ab-Rahman (1983), ‘Inter-religious controversy in India; the interpretation of Jesus in theworks of Rammohun Roy and Sayyid Ahmad Khan’ ‡
  • Kwame Bediako (1983), ‘Identity and integration: an enquiry into the nature and problems of theological indigenization in selected early Hellenistic and modern African writers’ ‡
  • Amran Bin Kasimin (1983), ‘Religion and social change amongst the indigenous peoples of the Malay peninsula’ ‡
  • Gerald John Pillay (1983), ‘A historico-theological study of Pentecostalism as a phenomenon within a South African community’ ‡
  • Jonathon James Bonk (1982), ‘“All things to all men”? Protestant missionary identification in theory and in practice, 1860-1910, with special reference to the London Missionary Society in Central Africa and Central China’
  • J. R. Cabbage (1982), ‘Order and chaos in Mende religion’ ‡
  • Daniel Iwayo Ilega (1982), ‘Gideon M. Urhobo and the God’s Kingdom society in Nigeria’ ‡
  • Cyril Chukwunqnyerem Okorqcha (1982), ‘Salvation in Igbo religious experience: its relation on Igbo Christianity’ ‡
  • David A. Shank (1980), ‘A prophet of modern times: the thought of William Wade Harris, West African precursor of the Reign of Christ’ ‡


  • Michael Bame Bame (1978), ‘Pastoral care and the ontic reality of the incorporeal components of man’s being’ ‡
  • Samuel Onwo Onyeidu (1978), ‘The African lay agents of the Church Missionary Society in West Africa 1810-1850’ ‡
  • William John Roxborough (1978), ‘Thomas Chalmers and the mission of the Church with special reference to the rise of the missionary movement in Scotland’ ‡
  • Chee Pang Choong (1977), ‘Doctrinal and exegetical issues in the Hindu-Christian debate during the nineteenth century Bengal renaissance with special reference to St. Paul’s teaching on the religions of the nations’ ‡
  • James Leland Cox (1977), ‘The development of A. G. Hogg’s theology in relation to non-Christian faith: its significance for the Tambaram meeting of the International Missionary Council, 1938’ ‡
  • David Chidiebele Okeke (1977), ‘Policy and practice of the Church Missionary Society in Igboland 1857-1929’ ‡
  • Samuel Prempeh (1977), ‘The Basel and Bremen missions and their successors in the Gold Coast and Togoland, 1914-1926: a study in Protestant missions and the First World War’ ‡
  • Gabre Ammanuel Mikre-Sellassie (1976), ‘Church and missions in Ethiopia in relation to the Italian war and occupation and the Second World War’ ‡
  • Godwin Onyemaechi Mgbechi Tasie (1969), ‘Christianity in the Niger Delta, 1864-1918’ ‡
  • J. M. Orr (1967), ‘The contribution of Scottish Missions to the rise of responsible churches in India’ ‡

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Honorary DD Conferred upon Centre Alumna, Professor Esther Mombo

Professor Esther Mombo DD, on the 27th of November 2023. Photo by Douglas Robertson.

On the 27th of November 2023, Professor Esther Mombo, an alumna of the Centre, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh. Below is her speech delivered upon receiving the prestigious honor.

Exactly 25 years ago today I graduated with a PhD from this exact place. I was given powers to read and to do all that pertains to the degree. Today I have been conferred with a honorary degree in recognition of the work I have done after the PhD degree. 

I take this opportunity to thank my Ancestors on whose shoulders I have stood to be here today. I especially thank my late Grandmother Enis Mugesia Mkutu, my first theological educator who supported me to study theology when everybody thought I had lost my head as a young woman. I thank my parents Maria Vulimu Mombo and Stanely Mombo Maikuri; family, friends, colleagues, scholars, students, religious leaders here present and those watching this graduation online. I wish to thank St. Paul’s University, an institution that I have served over the years. Thank you all for believing in me and supporting me in this journey. 

After receiving a PhD in 1998, I entered a new space and life of serving in many capacities and growing people in different institutions. This meant moving between Circles of concerned theologians and squares of unconcerned theologians.1

Today I have  received a honorary PhD, in recognition of the work that I have done after my PhD. Indeed this honorary degree will open more spaces of service to God and humanity. 

So thank you the Centre for [the Study of] World Christianity and Edinburgh University for this honor.

Asante Sana
Embwo Muno 
Imbuya Mono

  1. This is a play of words, as Professor Mombo is closely associated with an organisation known as the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. 
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