Dr. Joseph Bosco Bangura
Education, degrees
  • 2013: Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium (ETF Leuven) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (VU Amsterdam)
  • 2007: Master of Theology (M.Th., cum laude), ETF Leuven
  • 2004: Master of Philosophy in Theology (M.Phil.), Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
  • 2001: Post-Graduate Certificate in Ecumenical Studies, Ecumenical Institute Bossey of the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1997: Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), The Evangelical College of Theology, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Academic positions and teaching experience
  • July 2019–present: Senior Researcher in Religious Studies & Missiology, ETF Leuven
  • July 2019–present: Senior Researcher in Intercultural Theology, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • April 2021–April 2022: Part-Time Lecturer, Institute of Catholic Theology, Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • 2018–2019: Scholar in residence, Academic of Mission, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015–2018: Postdoctoral Fellow, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • 2016: Adjunct senior lecturer, Development Associates International in collaboration with Uganda Christian University, Kampala, Uganda
  • 2014–2015: Independent Researcher, African Pentecostalism in Flanders, Belgium
  • 2011–2015: Visiting senior lecturer, department of Evangelism and Missiology, The Evangelical College of Theology, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • 2007–2009: Academic Dean & Senior Lecturer in Missiology, African Church Historiography and African Pentecostalism, The Evangelical College of Theology, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Academic memberships
  • American Society of Missiology (US)
  • Berlin Society for Mission History (Germany)
  • German Society of Mission Studies (Germany)
  • GloPent: European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism
  • Netwerk Theologien Afrika (Germany)
  • Lamin Sanneh Institute, University of Ghana (correspondent status)
Selected Bibliography


Books

  • Pentecostalism in Sierra Leone: Contextual Theologies, Theological Education and Public Engagements. Studien zu interkultureller Theologie an der Missionsakademie 19. Hamburg: Missionshilfe Verlag, 2020.
  • With Benno van den Toren and Richard E. Seed, eds. Is Africa Incurably Religious? Secularization and Discipleship in Africa. Regnum Studies in Mission. Oxford: Regnum, 2020.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • With Benno van den Toren. “Local Theologies on the World Wide Web: Various Uses of the Internet for the Study of Theology in Africa.” Impact: Journal of Transformation 4, no. 1 (2021): 1–8.
  • With Ignatius Wilhelm Ferreira. “African Charismatic Movements and Urban Missiology.” In Africa Bears Witness: Mission Theology and Praxis in the 21st Century, edited by Harvey Kwyani, 99–111. Nairobi / Accra: ATN Press, 2021.
  • “Reverse Mission? Missio Dei and the Spread of African Pentecostalism in the West.” Ecclesiology 16, no. 3 (2020): 379–99.
  • “Sierra Leone’s Native Pastorate, the First World War and the Realignment of Missions in West Africa.” In Mission und dekoloniale Perspektive: Der Erste Weltkrieg als Auslöser eines Globalen Prozesses, edited by Ulrich van der Heyden and Helge Wendt, 169–179. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.
  • “Secularization Influences on Second Generation and Mixed-Race African Pentecostal Migrants in Flanders (Belgium).” In Is Africa Incurably Religious? Secularization and Discipleship in Africa, edited by Benno van den Toren, Joseph Bosco Bangura, and Richard E. Seed, 139–54. Regnum Studies in Mission. Oxford: Regnum, 2020.
  • “African Neo-Charismatic Discipleship in a Context of Secularization.” In Is Africa Incurably Religious? Secularization and Discipleship in Africa, edited by Benno van den Toren, Joseph Bosco Bangura, and Richard E. Seed, 191–208. Regnum Studies in Mission. Oxford: Regnum, 2020.
  • “Sierra Leone.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Conny Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. (Consulted online on 06 May 2020). http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-3807_EGPO_COM_033796 First published online: 2019; First print edition: 2019.11.15.
  • “Till Death Do Us Part: Divorce and African Pentecostalism in Belgium.” Interkulturelle Theologie: Zeitschrift für Missionswissenschaft 45, no. 1 (2019): 49–66.
  • “Holding my anchor in turbulent waters: God, Pentecostalism and the African Diaspora in Belgium.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies 40, no. 4 (2018): 498–516.
  • “African Pentecostalism and Mediatised Self-branding in Catholic (Flanders) Belgium.” Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies 18, no. 35 (2018): 1–23.
  • “African Charismatic Movements, the Bible and Bible Schools.” In Cultural Impact of the Reformation, Band II, edited by Mathias Sonnleithner, Katrin Stöck, Klaus Fitschen, Marianne Schröter, and Christopher Spehr, 299–310. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2018.
  • “Pentecostalism, Poverty and Economic Development: Towards an Economics of Hope for Sub-Saharan Africa.” In Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue, edited by Steven C. van den Heuvel, 211–223. Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics 6. Leuven: Peeters, 2018.
  • “African Pentecostalism, Transnational Marriage and Family Practices in Belgium.” Trajecta: Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries 26 (2017): 303–320.
  • “Theological Education for a Religiously Radicalized World: An African Pentecostal Assist.” International Review of Mission 106, no. 1 (2017): 151–166.
  • “Charismatic Movements, State Relations and Public Governance in Sierra Leone.” Studies in World Christianity 23, no. 3 (2017): 237–256. https://doi.org/10.3366/swc.2017.0194.
  • “Pentecostal worship liturgies and African migrant churches in Belgium: Negotiating between noise nuisance and the African cultural desideratum.” Religion – Staat – Gesellschaft: Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews 17, no. 1-2 (2017): 17–39.
  • “Pentecostal rituals, human wellbeing and the reshaping of African migrants at Word Communication Ministries, Belgium.” In Pentecostals and the Body, volume 8 of Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, edited by Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, 177–195. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • “Charismatic Appropriations of Edward W. Fasholé-Luke’s Theologia Africana.” PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 15, no. 1 (2016): 42–65.
  • “Hope in the Midst of Death: Charismatic Spirituality, Healing Evangelists and the Ebola Crises in Sierra Leone.” Missionalia: South African Journal of Missiology 44, no. 1 (2016): 2–18. https://doi.org/10.7832/44-1-113.
  • “The Gospel in Context: Hiebert’s Critical Contextualisation and Charismatic Movements in Sierra Leone.” In die Skriflig 50, no. 1, a2061 (September 2016). https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2061.
  • “Daughters of Abraham Arise! Charismatic Women’s Leadership in Dialogue with Temne Culture in Sierra Leone.” In Christian Leadership in a Changing World: Perspectives from Africa and Europe, edited by Jack Barentsen, V. Kessler, and E. Meier, 147–164. Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics 3. Leuven: Peeters, 2016.
  • “Tracking the Maze of Theological Education in Sierra Leone: An Evangelical Perspective.” African Journal of Evangelical Theology 34, no. 2 (2015): 1–18.
  • “A new kind of ministry for a new kind of context: The rise of New Indigenous Churches in West Africa.” In Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission and Public Religion, edited by Michael Wilkinson, 154–169. International Studies in Religion and Society 14. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Academic Presentations

  • “Teaching Religious and Moral Education (RME) in Sierra Leone: A Brief Political and Pedagogical Historical Assessment.“ Presented at the Teaching Religious Education: Challenges, Developments and Perspectives in a Plural World Conference. Organized by the Institute of Education, University of Hamburg, Germany. Dates: 9 and 10 December 2021.
  • “African Pentecostalism, Traditional Cosmologies and the Experience with Nature in Sierra Leone.” Presented at the “Religion and the Experience of Nature: Comparative Perspectives” International Conference. Organized by Institut für Nordische Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. Dates: 9, 10 and 11 April 2021.
  • “Islam in Colonial Sierra Leone: Christian Missionaries, British Colonizers and Local Muslim Actors Entangled (1810 – 1890).” A paper presented at the MÖR Sozietät – Doctoral Colloquium 20/21, University of Hamburg, Germany, 6th January 2021.
  • “Christian Mission Initiated by Migrant Christian Communities in Europe: Personal reflections.” A paper presented at the online Reverse Mission Consultation organized by the Centre for Theology and Christianity Worldwide, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, the Netherlands, 30th November 2020.
  • “African Christian churches in Flanders, Belgium: Streams, Benefits and Problems.” Guest lecture delivered at the Sociology of Religion class, ETF, Leuven, Friday 20th November 2020.
  • “The Covid-19 Pandemic and African (immigrant) Pentecostalism in Belgium.” A paper presented at an online conference organized by the Churches Commission for Migration in Europe (CCME, Brussels) on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on immigrant churches, 22nd September 2020.
  • “Immigrant Christianities in Flanders (Belgium): Problems and Prospects for Intercultural Encounters.” A paper presented at the BEZ/ECV/VEG/VVP Study Day, ETF (Leuven, 22nd November 2019).
  • “Transnational Ubuntu: Interrogating the appropriations of hospitality by African Pentecostals in Flanders (Belgium).” ETF’s 34th Annual Doctoral Colloquium (Leuven, 6th September 2019).
  • “African Pentecostalism, liberal neutrality and the Belgian State.” CCSCE Annual conference, Ruhr Universität Bochum (Bochum, 25th June 2019).
  • “Hospitality and African Pentecostalism in Europe.” Academic of Mission Seminars for trainee pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, University of Hamburg. (Hamburg, 15th January 2019).
  • “Power/fear worldviews and African Christians in Europe.” IFES-Nederland’s study day (Utrecht, 8th December 2018).
  • “African Pentecostal/Charismatic engendering of the body: Experiences of Word Communication Ministries, Brussels.” Winter Semester 2018/19 lecture series, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (Bochum, 28th November 2018).
  • “African Pentecostalism in Catholic Belgium: Historical and intercultural considerations.” Winter Semester 2018/19 lecture series, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (Bochum, 21st November 2018).
  • “African Pentecostalism in Catholic Belgium: Could this be Fundamentalism?” 52nd International Ecumenical Seminar jointly organized by the Ecumenical Institute Strasbourg and the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg, France (Strasbourg, 1-9 July 2018).
  • “Worship liturgies, noise nuisance and the dilemma of African Pentecostalism in Belgium.” 10th Annual GloPent Conference on the theme The Future of Pentecostalism, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Amsterdam, 9-10 February 2018).
  • “Sierra Leone’s Native Pastorate, the First World War and the Realignment of Christian Missions in West Africa.” Annual Conference of the Berlin Society for Mission History, Theological Faculty, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany (Berlin, 12-14 October 2017).
  • “Till Death Do Us Part: Probing Divorce Narratives in Belgium’s African Pentecostalism.” Transnational Families and Divorce international conference, organized by the Faculty of Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Nijmegen, 27-28 September 2017).
  • “African Migrant Pentecostalism and Religious Communication: Analyzing Word Communication Ministries, Brussels, Belgium.” European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR), Annual Conference, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (Leuven, 18-21 September 2017).
  • “The 1888 Freetown Interfaith Debate and the Legacy of Christian/Muslim Relations in Sierra Leone.” International conference organized by Sangalli Institute for Religious History and Culture, Florence, Italy (Florence, 11-13 September 2017).
  • “African Charismatic Movements, The Bible and Bible Schools.” Cultural Impacts of the Reformation international conference, Leucorea Foundation, University of Wittenberg/Halle, Wittenberg, Germany (Wittenberg, 10-14 August 2017).
  • “Holding my anchor in turbulent waters: God, Pentecostalism and the African Diaspora in Belgium.” New Quests for God international conference organized by the Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands (24-26 April 2017).
  • “African Pentecostalism, transnational marriage and family life: A study of Word Communication Ministries, Brussels, Belgium.” Citizenship, Migration and Development international conference, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands (Maastricht, 10-11 April 2017).
  • “Pentecostalism, Poverty and Economic Development: Towards an ‘economics of hope’ for Africa.” Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue international conference organized by ILSE, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium (Leuven, 24-25 February 2017).