Clifton R. Clarke

Associate Dean for the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and Associate Professor of Black Church Studies and World ChristianitySchool of Theology

Contact Information
BTh, University of Nottingham/St John’s Theological Seminary
MA, University of Derby
PhD, University of Birmingham

Biographical Information

Clifton Clarke joined the Fuller Seminary faculty and took leadership of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies effective April 1, 2017. He came to Fuller from Regent University School of Divinity, where he taught for nine years, serving most recently as associate professor of intercultural studies and world Christianity and as director of the Regent Center for Global Missions. An ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Dr. Clarke has served as a pastor in England, Ghana, and the US. He is also CEO of the Global Empowerment Network, where he has trained Christian leaders internationally to effectively engage the Muslim world for Christ.

Of Caribbean descent and raised in England, Clarke completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham, with his dissertation centering on post-missionary Christology among African indigenous churches in Ghana. After teaching theology at the University of Nottingham and pastoring in the UK for many years, Clarke and his family served as missionaries in Ghana, supporting orphanages, planting churches, and building schools over a period of ten years. He taught and trained West African church leaders in Muslim-dominated areas to effectively evangelize across the West African subregion.

Clarke has traveled widely, speaking and training Christian leaders in Russia, Africa, Europe, Indonesia, China, and the Middle East. His burden is to see a global movement of the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Islamic Dilemma and African Christology: Jesus in Post-Missionary Africa. His forthcoming works include The Black Church in North America, the African Diaspora, and World Christianity in Light of the Missio Dei and Race and Religion in America. He is married to Marcia Clarke and they have two children, Joel and Jessica.

Classes Taught

  • Race, Religion and Theology in America
  • Black Prophetic Evangelicalism
  • The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in Its Theological Reflection

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

African Christianity, religion and race in America, world Christianity, Islamic theology and history, contemporary Black church studies, African Pentecostalism, African diaspora Christian movements, North African Christianity, missiology, intercultural theology


Scholarly Books

  • The Islamic Dilemma, (Houston: High Bridge Books, 2016)
  • Edited, Pentecostal Theology in Africa (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013)
  • African Christology: Jesus in Post-Missionary Africa (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011)
  • Edited with Amos Yong, Global Renewal, Religious Pluralism, and The Great Commission. (Lexington, KY: Emeth Academic Press, 2011)
  • The Reason Why We Sing: Introducing Black Pentecostal Spirituality (Cambridge: Grove Books, 1997)

Non-Academic Popular Books

  • The 21st Century Christian Leader (Birmingham UK: Majestic Christian Press, 1998)
  • Taking Control of Your Destiny (Majestic Press UK: Majestic Christian Press, 2000)
  • Called to Serve (Accra: Step Publishers, 2007).
  • Unleashing your Purpose (Global Empowerment Network Press, 2015

Selected Chapters and Articles

  • "Ogbu Kalu and Africa's Christianity: A Tribute Essay" in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies Vol. 32, Number 1 (2010), 107-120.
  • "Old Wine and New wine Skins: West Indian and the New West African Pentecostal Churches in Britain and the Challenge of Renewal" in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology Vol. 19, Number 1 (2010), 143-154.
  • Trans-denominational Mission, Black and White Christian Partnership Publication (1997), pp. 10-14
  • Christ in Africa, Journal of Theology and Religion. Vol. 1:No.1 (2000), pp. 2-12.
  • Towards an Oral Christology among African Indigenous Church in Ghana, Journal of Asian Missions, Vol. 6:2, (2004), pp. 245-264.
  • Post-missionary African Indigenous Christology in Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 8, No. 1, (June 2005), pp. 321
  • Towards a Functional Christology Among African Indigenous Churches in Ghana. Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2005), pp. 287- 318. Also published in Missionalia, Vol. 33, no.1, (April 2005), pp. 138-165.
  • Christological Construction Among Ghanaian AICs, in Africa. Theological Journal. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2005), pp. 23-41.
  • African Indigenous Churches in Ghana: Past, Present and Future. Journal of African Indigenous Church Theology. Vol.2:1 (2005), pp. 5-16.
  • In Our Mother Tongue: Vernacular Hermeneutics within African Initiated Christianity in Ghana. Trinity Journal of Church and Theology, Vol. XV, no. 2 (July 2005), pp. 52-68.
  • African Epistemology and the Christian Faith: Towards the Epistemic Use of Orality and Symbolism in African Christian Scholarship. Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 9. No. 1 (June 2006), pp.56-64.
  • Christology in African Indigenous Churches in Ghana. Missionalia. Vol. 34 No. 2/3 (August /November 2006), pp. 285-309
  • "Jesus of the Deep Forest: Ghanaian view of Jesus Christ as the Fearless One, the Earth-keeper, the Healer and Redeemer." Published on CMS website on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
  • "Pan-Africanism and Pentecostalism in Africa: Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners? A Pentecostal Assist towards a Pan-African Political Theology." Black Theology. An International Journal, Volume 11, Number 2 / 2013
  • “Spirit Filled Mission,” pp. 147 – 171. In Supernatural Missions, edited by Randy Clark (Mechanicsburg. PA: Global Awakening, 2012).
  • “Old and New Wine Skin: West Indian and the New West Africa Pentecostal Churches in Britain and the Challenge of Renewal” in The Many faces of Global Pentecostalism, ed. Harold Hunter, 2013.
  • “Nigeria Pentecostalism and Islam: Towards a Pentecostalized vision of Interreligious Coexistence through Ubuntu Philosophy”, in Yong and Vinson Synan, eds Global Renewal Christianity (Lake Mary Florida: Charisma House, 2016), Chapter 19.

Selected Book Reviews

  • Towards a Pneumatological Theology: Pentecostal and Ecumenical Perspectives on Ecclesiology, Soteriology and Theology of Mission by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Journal of Pentecostal Theology. Vol.14, No. 1 (October 2005), pp. 123-137
  • In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians. Journal of Pentecostal Theology by Graham Twelftree. Journal of Pentecostal Theology17 (2008) 137–144
  • A Review of Healing in the Bible, by Frederick Gaiser. Journal Pentecostal Theology. Volume 21, Number 1, 2012, pp. 1-15(15).


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