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Christopher Wadibia

Honorary PhD Scholar, Woolf Institute

PhD Scholar, Selwyn College, Cambridge


Christopher Wadibia is a second year PhD Theology and Religious Studies candidate at Selwyn College, Cambridge and an Honorary PhD Scholar at the Woolf Institute.

Christopher's research analyses the relationship between Pentecostalism and sustainable development in Nigeria through the employment of the development programmes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), one of Nigeria's largest and most socio-politically influential Pentecostal mega-churches, as case studies. In particular, Christopher examines the RCCG's educational and healthcare delivery development initiatives, and is chiefly interested in how the RCCG engages with global sustainable development discourse and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) campaign. He is supervised by Dr Joerg Haustein at Cambridge's Faculty of Divinity.

In August 2020, Christopher accepted an offer to begin serving as assistant-editor of PentecoStudies, an influential academic journal that publishes scholarship which focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Pentecostalism. As assistant-editor, he will assist the editor in reviewing articles seeking to be published in PentecoStudies and deciding which articles to feature.

Christopher was born in Omaha, Nebraska (United States) and grew up in Mobile, Alabama and Los Angeles, California. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University where he studied government and theology. In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant by the United States Department of State to study Muslim-Christian relations in Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2017, Mr. Wadibia earned a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies from Trinity College Dublin's Irish School of Ecumenics.

Upon completing his PhD studies, Christopher plans to launch a consultancy that fosters partnerships between faith-based organisations (FBOs) and development professionals and institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme.

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