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ISBN: 9781839736469
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 30/09/2022
Pages: 168
Series: Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series
Language: English

The Holy Spirit in African Christianity


The identity and nature of the Holy Spirit has long been a critical – and often divisive – topic among Christians. Yet it is one with which we must continue to grapple if we are to grow in our understanding of the personhood of God, the calling of the church and the life of the believer.

The seventh volume drawn from the annual conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, this collection of essays addresses questions of pneumatology against the rich background of African church history. African theologians explore centuries of Christian understanding, from the writings of Augustine to the doctrine of African Instituted Churches, and examine the impact of pneumatological belief upon the life and worship of the believer. Serving as a corrective on pneumatological heterodoxies while making space for both the diversity and unity of the African church, this volume provides a powerful reminder of the centrality of the Holy Spirit to Christian doctrine and praxis.

Author Bios

David K. Ngaruiya
(Edited By)

DAVID K. NGARUIYA is an Associate Professor and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of PhD in Theological Studies Program at International Leadership University. He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as chair of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (2015–2016). He has published journal and book articles and served as co-editor and contributor to Communities of Faith in Africa and African Diaspora (Pickwick Publications, 2013) and was a director of the research study that produced African Christian Leadership (Langham Global Library, 2019).

Rodney L. Reed
(Edited By)

RODNEY L. REED is a missionary educator who has been serving at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2001. Currently, he is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Department of Religion for nine years. He holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from Drew University and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.


This volume offers a valuable overview of African conversations for Westerners like me, while continuing those conversations with humility, diversity and probing discernment. Talking together about the Holy Spirit while displaying the fruit of the Spirit, this book offers not only great insight but a terrific model for how that is done.

Michael Horton, PhD
Westminster Seminary, California, USA

Infused with astute research and scholarship, this collection of essays exposes the perspective shifts, conflicting doctrines and misunderstood realities about the role and identity of the Holy Spirit in building the called-out community of God in Africa. This book provides insights for the many who are interested in deepening the holistic impact of their congregations on society through the works of the Holy Spirit.

John K. Jusu, PhD
Africa International University, Kenya

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1 An Inclusive Rereading of Acts 2:1–47 for Enhancing Partnership in Ministry
    1. Moses Iliya Ogidis
  4. 2 A Comparison of the Montanists and the Pentecostals in Their Expression of the Reception of the Holy Spirit in Christian History
    1. Kwaku Boamah and Jacob Kwame Opata
  5. 3 Augustine’s Articulation of the Holy Spirit
    1. David K. Ngaruiya
  6. 4 Pneumatology and Mission of the Church in Postmodern Africa: The Holy Spirit in Trinitarian Theology as Panacea
    1. John Michael Kiboi
  7. 5 In Dialogue with the Jehovah’s Witnesses: The “Name” of the Holy Spirit
    1. Jeffrey S. Krohn
  8. 6 “I Banged the Table Three Times”: The Empowering Spirit and Women in the AINC
    1. Esther Mombo and Heleen Joziasse
  9. 7 The Comparative Study of the Work of the Holy Spirit in African Independent Churches and African Pentecostal Churches in Botswana
    1. Kenosi Molato
  10. 8 Perceptions of the Holy Spirit’s Deliverance in Ghanaian Charismatic Ministries: Assessing the Work of J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
    1. Stephanie A. Lowery and Danson Ottawa Wafula
  11. List of Contributors
  12. Subject Index
  13. Scripture Index


Moses Iliya Ogidis

MOSES ILIYA OGIDIS is a minister with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nigeria. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Theology (New Testament) at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya.

Kwaku Boamah

KWAKU BOAMAH has a PhD in Patristics from the University of Ghana, where he lectures in Early Church History at the Department for the Study of Religions, College of Humanities, School of Arts. He also teaches at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana, and is a minister of the Methodist Church Ghana.

Jacob Kwame Opata

John Michael Kiboi

John Michael Kiboi is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, serving as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Dogmatic Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Previously he served as a parish priest in the diocese of Bungoma and as Principal at Wycliffe Centre for Theology. Currently, he is the Leader of PhD programs in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University.

Jeffrey S. Krohn

JEFFREY S. KROHN has served in the arena of theological education for more than 20 years. Originally from the United States, he is currently Professor of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology at Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously, he ministered in rural and urban settings in the country of Peru. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies/Hermeneutics from London School of Theology/Middlesex University.

Esther Mombo

Esther Mombo is a Professor at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. She teaches in the Faculty of Theology of St. Paul’s University and her research interests span the fields of church history, and theology and gender in church and society. She is a founder member of the Tamar Campaign in Kenya, a mechanism that seeks to acknowledge the existence of gender-based violence in the society and empower and facilitate churches to address this concern. She is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She is a graduate of St. Paul’s University, University of Dublin, and University of Edinburgh.

Heleen Joziasse

Stephanie A. Lowery

STEPHANIE A. LOWERY is a lecturer in theology and coordinator of the BTh and DTh programs at Africa International University. She also teaches at Kalamba School of Leadership, as well as serving part-time in the Kalamba church district. She grew up in Kenya and considers Ukambani home. Her research interests include African theologies, African ecclesiological models, missional theology and hermeneutics, and the Trinity.

Danson Ottawa Wafula

DANSON OTTAWA WAFULA serves as an Intern Pastor at Hope City Bible Church. He is the current Acting National Director of Africa Center for Apologetics and Research (ACFAR- Kenya). He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Africa International University and is final year student of Master of Divinity Biblical Studies from the same institution. His research strengths are in Systematic Theology and Apologetics.

Kenosi Molato

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