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Wandering academics and travelling missionaries

Homepage Feature — 9th August 2019

Wandering academics and travelling missionaries

It is a pleasure to welcome 2 visiting academics to NTC this summer, Dr Ingrid Reneau Walls and Professor Andrew Walls.

Both are fellows of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC) based here at NTC. Professor Andrew describes themselves as “wandering academics and travelling missionaries” that have wandered to NTC to find a place to research, write and utilise the MWRC library.

Professor Andrew describes themselves as “wandering academics and travelling missionaries”

Dr Reneau Walls’ research focuses on connections between African traditional spirituality and Evangelical, specifically Methodist Christianity, in 19th Century evangelists and social reformers such as Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart and Amanda Berry Smith. Their lives seem highly relevant to contemporary situations where distorted views of humanity based on constructed theories of race are still common.

Professor Walls’ research is looking into the history of Christian conversion over various periods of the Christian story and in different cultural settings; starting from the book of Acts and the implications of the council of Jerusalem in Acts 15. This, by insisting that Gentiles who turn to Christ were not to be Jewish proselytes, built cultural diversity into the Church forever.

Both Dr Reneau Walls and Professor Walls have the aim of publishing articles and books from the research they are carrying out.

Thank you to you both for visiting NTC and may your research be fruitful.