Prof Graham Duncan

Professor of Church History (part-time lecturer)

BEd / BD (University of Aberdeen), MTh (University of Durban), MTh / DTh in Missiology (Unisa), PhD in Church History (University of Pretoria)

Prof Graham Alexander Duncan was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1949, where he grew up and was educated.   He received the degrees of Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Religious Studies (1971) and BD (Hons) Church History/Practical Theology (1977) from the University of Aberdeen.  In 1971, he was awarded the Certificate in Primary Education (Merit) and the Higher Diploma in Religious Education (Distinction) by Aberdeen College of Education. He taught in Beechwood School for the disabled in Aberdeen for three years and married Sandra Todd in 1973.  They have three children.  

He was licensed to preach the gospel by the Presbytery of Aberdeen in the Church of Scotland and was ordained a minister of the Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa (to be renamed the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa [RPCSA] in 1979) on 12 March 1978 on receiving a call to be Missionary-in-Charge of the historic Lovedale Missionary Institution and minister of the Lovedale Institution and Lovedale District congregations.  In 1982, he was appointed to the staff of Albert Luthuli College at the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa (Fedsem) in Pietermaritzburg, where he was the Convener of the Practical Theology Department and Reformed Chaplain.   In 1988, the Duncan family returned to Scotland and Graham was called by the Cumbernauld: Old congregation where he served for ten years. 

In 1998, the Duncans were recalled by the RPCSA and Graham was appointed to the staff of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Fort Hare. Following the union of the RPCSA and PCSA in 1999 to form the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA), Graham was transferred to the University of Pretoria which was designated as the main training centre for ministers of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). From Senior Lecturer he was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor and to Head of the Department of Church History and Church Polity in 2008, a position from which he retired in 2014.  During that time he was awarded the degree of Philosophiae Doctor by the University of Pretoria for a thesis entitled Partnership in Mission: A critical-historical evaluation of the relations between ‘older’ and ‘younger’ churches with particular reference to the Church of Scotland.  

Teaching and Learning is his passion and in 2011 he was awarded the University of Pretoria’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education with Distinction, making him unique in being qualified to teach from Standard 1 through to doctoral level. He has successfully supervised 12 Master’s, 13 Doctor’s degrees and has mentored one Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He was chosen by the students as Lecturer of the Year by Faculty of Theology students and Church History and Church Polity the best department in the Faculty of theology in 2013.

In 2013, he was awarded a C rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF). For 15 years he has been an Evaluator and Chair of Evaluation panels for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and was appointed to the Specialist Panel for Religion and Theology of the NRF in 2015.  He is a member of the South African Missiological Society (SAMS) and the Church History Society of Southern Africa (having been its Vice-President, 2009-2012). All of the faculties of theology and departments of religion in South Africa have used him as an external examiner in addition to a number of colleges and seminaries. He was also a member of the South African Council for Theological Education.

He was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the UPCSA for 2004-2005.  In all this time he has remained active in congregational work and has served a number of congregations in the Presbytery of Tshwane.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE TO DATE

Name of employer

Capacity and/or type of work

Period

From mm//yy to mm//yy

Aberdeen Education Authority, UK

Teacher

1971 – 1974

Church of Scotland

Ordained an Elder

1971

Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa

Ordained a minister

1978

Lovedale Institution

Missionary-in-Charge

1978 – 1981

Lovedale Institution and Lovedale District congregations

Minister

1978 – 1981

Presbytery of the Ciskei

Clerk

1980 – 1981

Church of Scotland/South Africa – Joint Council

Chair and later Secretary/Treasurer

1978 – 1981

Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa (FTS)

Lecturer

1982 – 1987

Albert Luthuli College (FTS)

Vice-Principal

1984 – 1987

Trust for Christian Outreach and Education

Chair

1984 – 1987

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, UK

Minister

1988 – 1998

University of Fort Hare, Faculty of Theology

Lecturer in Church History and Chaplain to Theology students

1998 – 2001

Council for Higher Education

Evaluator of theological education programmes, and chair of evaluator panels

2001 – present

University of Pretoria

Senior lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor in Church History and Church Polity, HoD - Church History and Church Polity (2008-2014)

2002-2015

University of Pretoria

Professor Emeritus

2015-

Pretoria Community Ministries

Work with street people

2002-2005

National Research Foundation

Member Specialist Committee, Theology

2015-

St Augustine College

Professor of Church History

(Part-Time Lecturer)

2016-

 

 

Education: 

 

Degree/

Diploma

Field of study

Higher education institution

Year

Distinctions

Degree of Bachelor of Education (BEd)

 

Religious Studies

University of Aberdeen, UK

1971

 

Degree of Bachelor of Divinity  (BD)

Practical Theology/Church History

University of Aberdeen, UK

1977

Honours

Certificate in Primary Education

 

Aberdeen College of Education, UK

1971

Merit in the Practice of Teaching

Higher Diploma

Religious Education

Aberdeen College of Education, UK

1971

 

Degree of Master of Theology (MTh)

Practical Theology – Major: Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counselling, Pastoral Psychology, Pastoral Apologetics

University of Durban-Westville, SA

 

1985 - 1987

Pass with distinction

Degree of Master of Theology (MTh)

Church History – Subsidiary: Historiography, Modern Roman Catholic Church History

University of Durban-Westville, SA

1985 – 1987

Pass (study not completed due to returning to UK; university regulations did not permit registration except in person)

Diploma in Health and Social Welfare

Course in Death and Dying

Open University, UK

 

Pass (Level 2)

Degree of Master of Theology (MTh)

Missiology

University of South Africa

1997

Pass with

distinction

Dissertation

Scottish Presbyterian Church Policy in South Africa, 1898-1923

University of South Africa

 

 

Degree of Doctor of Theology (DTh)

Missiology

University of South Africa

2001

Pass

Thesis

Coercive Agency: James Henderson’s Lovedale, 1906-1930

University of South Africa

 

 

Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD)

 

Thesis 

 

Church History

 

Partnership in Mission: A critical-historical evaluation of the relations between ‘older’ and ‘younger’ churches with particular reference to the Church of Scotland.

University of Pretoria

 

 

 

2006-2007

 

 

 

Pass

 

 

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Education

University of Pretoria

2009-2010

Awarded with Distinction

Management Development Programme

Continuing Education

University of Pretoria

2011-2012

Awarded with Distinction

 

 

Publications: 

Publications in peer-reviewed or refereed journals

1. Duncan GA 1985.  Faith apart from work is dead Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 53 (December): 47 – 53.

2. Duncan GA 2000.  Theological Education: Mission Birth – African Renaissance Missionalia 28 (no 1 April): 23 – 40.

3. Duncan GA 2001.  Lovedale Press Between the Centuries: A Celebration of 177 Years of Service.  Missionalia 29 (no 3 November): 486 – 493.

4. Duncan GA 2002.  A Place in the Sun? The Role of the Church in Moral Renewal and Social Transformation” Verbum et Ecclesia 23 (2): 33 – 342.

5. Duncan 2002.  Presbyterian Expressions in Southern Africa in the Context of 350 Years of the Reformed Tradition Ned Geref Teologiese Tydskrif 43 (no’s 3 & 4 December): 423 – 431.

6. Duncan GA & Hofmeyr JW 2002.  Leadership through Theological Education: Two Case Studies in South African History”. Verbum et Ecclesia 23 (no 3 December): 642 – 657.

7. Duncan GA 2003.  350 years Reformed in South Africa: The Contribution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa Hervormde Teologiese Studies 59 (no 1 March): 47 – 64.

8. Duncan GA 2003.  Presbyterian Spirituality in Southern Africa Scottish Journal of Theology 56 (4): 387 – 403.

9. Duncan GA 2003.  Back to the Future Verbum et Ecclesia 24 (no. 2): 359 – 373.

10.  GA 2004.  Its end foreshadowed in its beginning: The closure of the Federal Theological Seminary” Studiae Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXX (no.1):1-31.

11. Duncan GA 2004.  Crisis in Mission and Unity: The Closure of the Federal Theological Seminary in Southern Africa” Missionalia 32 (no 1 April): 39 – 67.

12. Duncan GA 2004. “Coercive Agency in Mission Education at Lovedale Missionary Institution” Hervormde Teologiese Studies (60 no 3):947-992.

13. Duncan GA 2005.  Reconciliation through Church Union in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.  Verbum et Ecclesia 26 (no.1):35-63.

14. Duncan GA 2005. Historiography and Ideology in the (Mission) History of Christianity in Africa.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXI (No. 1):51-69.   

15. Duncan GA 2005.  State of the Union State of the Union: The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, 1999-2004.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXI (no.2):189-219

16. Duncan GA 2005.  Ex Africa semper aliquid novi? Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 61 (no.3): 809-827.

17. Duncan GA 2006.  Winning Hearts and Minds: Character Formation in Mission Education with Special Reference to Lovedale Missionary Institution.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXII (no.1):1-47.

18. Duncan GA 2006.  Ministerial Dress for Worship in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.  Hervormde Teologiese Studies.62 (no.3):925-943.

19. Duncan GA. 2006. The Prehistory of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa: A Study in Ecumenical Ancestry.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXII (no.2):69-97.

20. Duncan GA. 2006.  The Foundation of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa (Fedsem).   Verbum et Ecclesia27 (no.3):836-855.

21. Duncan GA 2007.  Some Thoughts on Cultural Transformation Theory as a Tool in Historical Research.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIII, (no.1):1-21.

22. Duncan GA & Buqa W 2007.  Augustine’s Historiographical Method.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIII, (no.1):207-219.

23. Duncan GA 2007.  Historiographical issues Related to the Writing of Contemporary History Verbum et Ecclesia, 28(no.1):127-149.

24. Duncan GA 2007.  The Growth of Partnership in Mission in Global Mission History during the Twentieth Century.  HTS 63 (no.3, September):1033-1065.

25. Duncan GA 2007. Partnership in Mission: A critical historical evaluation of the relationship between ‘older’ and ‘younger’ churches with special reference to the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland. Missionalia 35 (no.1, April):54-79.

26. Duncan GA 2007.  The passage to ordination in the Southern African Presbyterian tradition: A historical perspective and prospect. Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif 48 (no.3 & 4, September & December):471-480.

27. Duncan GA 2008.  Early Presbyterian Influences at the University of Pretoria. HTS, Centenary Issue 64 (no.1, March):51-71.

28. Duncan GA 2008.  The Church of Scotland’s Historic Approach to Partnership in Mission:1929-1965. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIV (no.2, December):203-222.

29. Duncan GA 2008.  Towards partnership in mission: The Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council policy.  Missionalia 35 (no.1):54-79.

30. Duncan GA, van der Merwe & van Wyk B 2009. Church History and Church Polity in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria.  Verbum et Ecclesia (centenary edition)

31. Duncan GA 2010.  Church Discipline – semper reformanda as the basis for transformation.  Journal of Theology for Southern Africa.  136 (March):57-75.

32. Duncan GA 2010.  Church Discipline – semper reformanda in Reformation perspective HTS 66.

33. Duncan GA 2010. Coercive Agency: Lovedale Missionary Institution under Principals Arthur Wilkie and RHW Shepherd.  Missionalia38 (no. 3, November):431-453.

34. Duncan GA 2011.  ‘Ever old and ever new, keep me travelling along with you’: 21st century Notae Ecclesiae specifically necessary for Churches in Southern Africa.  HTS 67 (1)#851. 

35. Duncan GA 2011.  The Church Unity Commission: South African Ecumenical perspectives on ministry (1968-1983). SHE XXXVII (1):19 – 38.

36. Barnes R. & Duncan, G.A., 2011, ‘F.F. Bosworth: A historical analysis of his ministry development using social cognitive career theory’, Verbum et Ecclesia 32(1), Art. #368, 8 pages. doi:10.4102/ve.v32i1.368 

37. Duncan GA 2012.  The role of Mission Councils in the Scottish Mission in South Africa: 1864-1923, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae  XXXVIII (1, May):217-234.

38. Duncan GA 2012.  ‘Pull up a good tree and push it outside’?: the Rev Edward Tsewu’s dispute with  the Free Church of Scotland Mission.  NGTT 53 (nos. 1&2):50-61.

39. Duncan GA 2012.  Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ (Juvenal Satires:§345) (Who guards [nurtures] the guardians?s?) Developing a constructivist approach to learning about ministerial and spiritual formation. HTS 68 (1):

40. Duncan GA 2013.  A Protestant Perspective on Vatican II + 50 years: an engagement with dissent. HTS 29 (1). #1911, 12 pages.

41. Duncan GA 2013, The ‘enemy within’ the post Vatican II Roman Catholic Church. HTS 29 (1). #1915, 8 pages.

42. Duncan GA 2013.  Passive-aggressive resistance at the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. Acta Theologica 33 (1, June):54-78.

43. Duncan GA 2013. The origins and early development of Scottish Presbyterian mission in South Africa (1824-1865).  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIX (1, May):205-220.

44. Duncan GA 2013.  ‘African churches willing to pay their own bills’: The role of money in the formation of Ethiopian type churches with particular reference to the Mzimba Secession.  African Historical Review 45 (2): 52-79.

45. Duncan GA, Wade RP, Eriksson RP and. Rautenbach C.J.deW. 2014.  Southern African cosmogenic geomythology (“following a star”) of the Zion Christian Church. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 69, 2, DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2014.905880, 81-89.

46. Duncan GA.  2014.  From mission to church: The formation of the Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa. The International Journal of African Historical Studies.

47. Duncan GA. 2014 ‘Inculturation: Adaptation, innovation and reflexivity in African Christian perspective’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2669, xx pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2669.

48. Duncan GA 2015. Celtic spirituality and the environment. HTS (3, 2015)

49. Duncan GA 2015. Celtic Spirituality and contemporary environmental issues. HTS.(4, 2015)

50. Duncan GA & Egan A 2015. The Ecumenical Struggle in South Africa: The role of ecumenical movements/organizations in liberation movements to 1965. Journal of Ecclesiastical Law (ISI). (2015) 17 Ecc LJ 269–282 # Ecclesiastical Law Society doi:10.1017/S0956618X15000423: 269-282.

51. Duncan GA 2015. The migratory dimension of Scottish Presbyterianism in Southern Africa. African Historical Review (ISI)  47 | Number 2 | 2015, DOI: 10.1080/17532523.2015.1130203, pp. 89–118, Print ISSN 1753-2523 | Online 1753-2531

52. Duncan GA 2015.  Ethiopianism in Pan-African perspective, 1880-1920. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 41(2):180-197.

53. Duncan GA.2016. “One in Christ”: Fedsem spiritualities of solidarity.  Acta Theologica 36(1): 27‑50. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v36i1.4. ISSN 1015-8758 / e-ISSN 2309-9089. © UV/UFS

54. Duncan GA.  2016 The formation of the Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa. International Journal of African Historical Studies. (accepted for publication)

55. Duncan GA 2016. Gateway to the future.  HTS 72, Issue 4.

56. Duncan GA & Urbaniak J 2016 The ecclesial notion of 'family' v. the real families today: Evaluation of the initial findings of the 2014 Synod of Catholic Bishops (2014). Stellenbosch Theological Journal.

 

Articles submitted

  • Duncan GA & Maluleke TS.  Through the past into the future: Jean-Francois Bill – Pastor, Activist, Theologian, 8 July 1934-12 March 2005. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae.
  • Duncan GA & Egan A.  The Ecumenical Struggle in South Africa: The role of ecumenical movements/organizations in liberation movements since1965.
  • Duncan GA 2016. John Knox and Education.
  • Duncan GA 2016. To unite or not to unite? That is the question: A case study of Presbyterianism in South Africa, 1897-1923. HTS.
  • Duncan GA 2016. The Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa: The first ten years, 1923-1933. Missionalia
  • Duncan GA & Taylor JW. “Life and Work” on the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa from 1975 – 1985. HTS
  • Duncan GA. Mission Councils

 

Books and/or chapters in books

  • Duncan GA 2001. “The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa – Heritage and Legacy” in Coertzen P (ed.) 350 Years Reformed: 1652-2002. CLF: Bloemfontein :187-196.
  • Duncan GA 2003.  “Lovedale – Coercive Agency: Power and Domination in Mission Education Pietermaritzburg: Cluster.
  • Duncan GA (assoc ed.& Kalu O (ed.) 2005.  Bakuzufu:Revival movements and indigenous appropriation in African Christianity in African Christianity: An African story.  Pretoria: University of Pretoria: 278-308.
  • Duncan GA 2008. Steve Biko’s Religious Consciousness and Thought and its Influence on Theological Education with special reference to the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, in duToit C (ed.) The legacy of Stephen Bantu Biko: Theological Challenges. Preetoria: UNISA, Research Institute for Theology and Religion.
  • 17 Contributions to Gaum F (ed.) 2008.  Christelike Kern-Ensikilopedie. Wellington: Lux Verbi.
  • Denis P & Duncan GA  2011.  The Native School that Caused all the Trouble: A History of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Duncan GA 2012.  “Spiritual/Ministerial formation in the South African Presbyterian tradition”, in Naidoo M (ed.) 2012.  Between the real and the ideal: Ministerial formation in South African churches.  Pretoria:UNISA Press:63-72.
  • Duncan GA. 'Survey on Contemporary Christianity in South Africa', #86 in Anthology of African Christianity , Phiri I & Werner D (ed.).  Geneva: WCC.
  • Duncan GA The Manufacture of Dissent:  Reflexive Christian Traditions in a Global Setting, Oxford History of Dissenting Protestant Traditions, Volume 5.

 

Published full-length conference papers/keynote addresses

  • Conference on The Role and Function of Traditional Leadership and its institutions: A Reflection on ethnic-cultural identity, African religion and Customs for moral renewal and Social Transformation “The role of the Church in Moral Renewal and Social Transformation: Christianity sat the Crossroads” University of Fort Hare 21-22 May 2001.
  • Conference on 350 Years Reformed “The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa – Heritage and Legacy” University of Stellenbosch 7-10 April 2002.
  • Conference on 350 Years Reformed: Expressions and Challenges “Expressions and Challenges: Through the Eyes of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa” University of Pretoria 22 April 2002. 
  • “The Closure of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, Church History Society of Southern Africa” Redacres, Pietermaritzburg, 13-15 January 2003.
  • History, Historiography and Research, Post-graduate Seminar in the Discipline Church History, UNISA, 10 September 2004
  • Union, Reformation and Renewal: A case study of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (1999-2004), Church History Society of South Africa, University of the North-West (Potchefstroom Campus), 17-19 January 2005.
  • Character Formation in Mission Education with Special Reference to Lovedale Missionary Institution, Church History Society of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, 16-18 January 2006.
  • Church discipline- semper reformanda in a time and space warp, Inaugural Address, University of Pretoria, 16 April 2009.
  • The Role of Money in the Mzimba Secession.  Church History Society of South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 24 June 2011.

 

Non-refereed publications or popular articles

  • “Ministerial Formation in Christian Worship in Southern Africa” The Record of the Church Service Society (2004, 39 Spring): 17 – 29.
  • Duncan GA 2006.  Theological Training in South Africa with particular reference to the ‘English-Speaking’ Churches, South African Outlook.

 

Other Scholarly Contributions: 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Courses presented

Course

Level (e.g. second year, Masters)

Self developed

(Yes or No)

CHI114 Early Church

CHS 110

TEO 101, TEO 114

Diploma, BA 1st year

 

Diploma, BA, BTh 1st year

Yes

 

Yes

 

Other education and pedagogic courses presented

Course

Year

Institution

Primary/Special Education

1971 – 1974

Aberdeen Education Authority, UK

Practical Theology/ Church History

1982 – 1987

Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa

Church History

1998 – 2001

University of Fort Hare, Faculty of Theology

Church History and Church Polity

2002

University of Pretoria

 

Membership of national and international bodies

  • Mamelodi East Congregation, Member (2002-2006).
  • South African Council for Theological Education, Executive Committee, Member (2002-).
  • South African Missiological Society (and Book Review Editor)
  • Hervormde Teologiese studies (Member, Editorial board)
  • St Augustine College Papers, Member of Editorial Board
  • St Augustine College, Member Senate
  • Student awards: Best Department – Church History and Church Polity, 2013
  • Lecturer of the Year, 2013

 

 

Visits to local and overseas universities as guest professor or lecturer in regard to teaching 

  • University of Stellenbosch, visiting lecturer, Master’s programme, April 2003
  • University of South Africa, post-graduate seminar, September 2004. 

 

Participation in national and international teaching associations, bodies, committees

  • Burnshill and Auld Memorial congregations, Interim Moderator (1978 – 1981).
  • Pietermaritzburg Congregation, Interim Moderator (1982 – 1987).
  • Presbytery of Natal, Moderator (1982 – 1987).
  • University of Natal, External Examiner, Practical Theology (1982 – 1987).
  • Khobonqaba, Adelaide congregations, UPCSA, Interim Moderator (1998 – 2001).
  • Presbytery of Amatola, Moderator (2001).
  • Moderator, General Assembly, Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, 2002-3.
  • Mamelodi East congregation, Interim Moderator (2005-2007)
  • St Columba’s congregation, Hatfield, Pretoria stated supply minister (2007-8)
  • St Andrew’s congregation, Pretoria, stated supply minister (2008-9)
  • Council for World Mission, Training in Mission Programme, tutor in Pastoral Care, Mission and Church History (2008 – 2010)
  • Pretoria Central Presbyterian Church, stated supply minister, 2011
  • Highveld Presbyterian Church, stated supply minister, 2013

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

SUPERVISION

Name of student

Degree/Title of dissertation/ thesis and date

Supervisor

Duration of studies (years)

Kapuma

MTH : The case for the ordination of women in Blantyre Synod, CCAP Master’s (University of Fort Hare)

GA Duncan

2

Moore

 

MTH : Social Darwinism and its impact on 19th century British missions Master’s (University of Fort Hare)

GA Duncan

2

Oh

MA (Theol) : A  comparison of Wesley’s 18th century revival and the Korean Revival movement Master’s (UP)

GA Duncan

2

Carmichael

MA (Theol) : A Christian meeting with other world religions through a dialogue with freemasonry  

GA Duncan

1

 

 

 

 

 

Buqa

MTh : Historiography of Augustine of Hippo Master’s (UP)

GA Duncan

2

Christie

PhD : Bible and Sword: The Cameronian contribution to freedom of religion

Doctorate (co-supervisor, University of Stellenbosch)

GA Duncan

P Coertzen

3

Mamba

MA (Theol) ; The reform of the communion service in South Eastern Diocese of ELCSA with special reference to the Umpumulo Parish (1985-1996).

Master’s

GA Duncan

2

 

King

PhD : The crisis of truth and Word: A defence of rational and propositional revelation in the theology of Carl F Henry

GA Duncan

3

Oh

PhD: The roots of Puritanism in the Korean Presbyterian Church

GA Duncan

3

Vermaak

PhD: A historical study of the polity of the gay and lesbian ordination and/or installation and same gender marriage debates in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its predecessor churches

GA Duncan

3

Mathers

PhD: Paul Tillich: His Life, Thought and Legacy (1886-1933)

GA Duncan

3

Barnes

PhD: FF Bosworth:A Historical Analysis of the Influential Factors in his ife and Ministry

GA Duncan

4

Wheeler

 

 

PhD: ‘Eminent Spirituality and Eminent Usefulness’: Andrew Fuller’s (1754-1815) Pastoral Theology in his Ordination Sermons

GA Duncan

4

Ragwan

 

 

PhD: The narrative of the Baptist Association of SA and its significance for the Indian Baptist church in Kwa- Zulu Natal

GA Duncan

4

Kandinda

MA: The Synod of Zambia of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa: Its origin, growth, challenges and setbacks from 1924-2008

GA Duncan

3

Madhiba

PhD: The role of the Methodist church during the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe

GA Duncan

4

Chilanga

MA: The role of the church during liberation war in Rhodesia from 1960-1980

GA Duncan

4

Mpofu

PhD: The ‘Third Wave’ Movement and the growth of Zimbabwean
Christianity: Fear or faith reponse?

GA Duncan

3

Leleki

PhD: A critical response of the English-speaking churches to the introduction and implementation of the Bantu Education Act in South Africa.

GA Duncan

12

Vilanculos

PhD: Role played by church and state in the democratization process in Mozambique.

GA Duncan

3

Mushayavanhu

MA: The spiritual weakness of Western Missionary Founded Churches as the cause of the proliferation of Africa Independent Churches in Zimbabwe with special reference to the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.

GA Duncan

2

Cannon

MA: Afrikaner Identity and responses to Mormon Missions in the Cape Colony, 1852–1865

GA Duncan

2

Wamukoya

MA: A historic analysis of the environment in eucharistic worship in the authorised Anglican liturgies in southern Africa from1850.

GA Duncan

2

Fluegge

PhD: The making of the theologian: The nature and study of Theologia according to Johann Gerhard

W Klaen

G Duncan

3

 

Name of student

Degree enrolled for and date of first registration

Project title

Supervisor

Year of registration

Chilanga

 

MA

The role of the church in the liberation war in Zimbabwe

GA Duncan

2009

Incomplete

Makofane

PhD

Unity in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, 1994-2009: A missiological evaluation

GA Duncan

2010

Mutamiri

PhD

The Anglican Diocese of Harare’ decade of turmoil, 2002-2012

 

2013

Chawarika

PhD

An investigation of the identity of Bernard Mzeki from the formative history of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe: A critical-socio-anthropological, political and historical analysis (1890 -2013)

 

2013

Musomi

PhD

‘Boundary production and boundary crossing in African Christianity: A case study of Christian Spirituality in Masowe Enyenyedzi Church in Zimbabwe.

 

 

2015

Wamukoya

MA

A historic analysis of the environment in eucharistic worship in the authorised Anglican liturgies in southern Africa from1850

 

 

2013

Jones

MA

Covenant, clergy and cash: Understanding the theology and practice of stipends in the context of a covenant relationship between the Methodist

 

2014

Mkoko

 

PhD

The contribution of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon to the political crisis in Cameroon, 1990-1992: A critical analysis

 

2015

Cannon

MA

Afrikaner Identity and responses to Mormon Missions in the Cape Colony, 1852–1865

 

2014

Van Rensburg

MA

 

 

2014

Magaracha

PhD

Succession disputes in African Initiated churches in Zimbabwe

 

2013

Msiska

PhD

Approaches to church polity efforts and church union in Zambia, 1965-2010

 

2013

 

Technical reports

Reports on the following topics for the Ministry Committee of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in SA:

  • Ordination and the call to ministry
  • Ministeral formation
  • Supervision
  • Supervision training
  • Ministerial Dress for Worship

 

 

OTHER SCHOLARLY RESEARCH-BASED CONTRIBUTIONS

International

  • Conference on 350 Years Reformed “The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa - Heritage and Legacy” University of Stellenbosch 7-10 April 2002.
  • Character Formation in Mission Education with Special Reference to Lovedale Missionary Institution, Church History Society of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, 16-18 January 2006.
  • The Influence of Biko’s Thought on Theological Education with special reference to the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa: Derived from a life of integrity.  South African Science and Religion Forum, UNISA, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, 23-24 August 2007.
  • Ministry as a determining factor in the work of the Church Unity Commission, 1968-1983. Church History Society of South Africa, North-West university, 16-16 August 2010. 

 

Collaboration and Contacts:

  • Dr Afe Adogame, School of Divinity , University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Prof Brian Stanley, Centre for World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Prof Kenneth Newport, Research Directorate, Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Prof Gerald Pillay, Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Prof Alistair Heron, Erlangen University, Germany
  • Prof Leo Koffeman, University of Kampen, Netherlands
  • Dr R Bentley Anderson, Fordham University, USA
  • Prof P Hornbeck, Fordham University, USA
  • Prof Mark Hill, University of Cardiff, UK
  • Dr Todd Statham, Zomba Theological College, Malawi

 

 

Teamwork and collaboration with others:

  • Prof P Denis, University of Natal, ‘The native school that caused all the trouble: A History of the Federal Theological Seminary of SA’ Pietermaritzburg: Cluster, 2011.

 

 

Membership in national and international bodies

  • South African Missiological Society (SAMS).
  • Church History Society of Southern Africa (Vice-President, 2009-2012).
  • Church Service Society, Scotland
  • Association of Returned Overseas Staff, Church of Scotland

 

 

Visits to local and overseas universities or research institutes as guest professor or researcher   

  • University of Stellenbosch, visiting lecturer, Master’s programme, April 2003
  • University of South Africa, post-graduate seminar, September 2004

 

ARTISTIC OUTPUTS

  • Greek ain’t for Geeks.  An educational game for the teaching of elementary Greek and Church History.

 

MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

Departmental:

  • Head of Department: Administration.  I have recently completed the UP pilot project Management Development Programme.

Faculty:

  • Teaching and Programme Committee
  • Co-ordinator for undergraduate programmes
  • Postgraduate committee
  • Management Committee
  • Executive Committee

University:

  • Senate Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Student Access and Success Committee
  • Education Innovation Consultative Committee
  • Student Feedback Instrument Committee

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Outreach projects

Pretoria Community Ministries outreach project (Street people), 2002-2005.

 

Professional service performed

  • Council on Higher Education, Programme evaluator, chair of evaluation panels, HEQC,
  • National Research Foundation, member of the Religious Studies and Theology (RST) Specialist Committee (SC) for rating applications

 

Church Committees:

Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa:

  • Business Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Publication and Service Book Committee (Convener)
  • Lovedale Committee (Secretary)
  • Lovedale Press Committee (Convener and Secretary)
  • Emgwali Board
  • Board of Trustees (Vice-Chair)
  • Board of Pholela Institution (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee (Convener)
  • Mission and ministry Committee (Secretary)
  • General Assembly Worship Committee (Convener)
  • Lovedale Lay Education Centre Board (Secretary)
  • Ecumenical Affairs Committee
  • Lovedale Press Sale Committee
  • General Assembly Preparations Committee
  • Special Commission on Union

 

Church Unity Commission:

  • Central Committee
  • Doctrine Committee
  • Scheme and Structure Committee
  • Liturgical Committee (Convener)

 

South African Council of Churches:

  • Publications and Communications Committee
  • Justice and Reconciliation Committee

 

Church of Scotland:

  • Board of World Mission
  • Education Committee
  • Education for the Ministry Committee

 

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa:

  • Christian Education Committee (Convener, 1999-2002)
  • Ministry Committee (Convener, 2002- 2003)
  • Doctrine Committee
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Special Committee on Reformation
  • Moderator, General Assembly (2003-4)
  • Priorities and Resources Committee
  • Church Offices Committee
  • Finance Committee

 

Involvement with other universities/scientific institutions

  • UNISA, Department of Missiology, External Examiner (2002).
  • UNISA, Department of History, Doctoral External Examiner (2007)
  • UNISA, Department of Church History, External Examiner and Doctoral External Examiner (2004)
  • UNISA, Department of Missiology, External Examiner (2004)
  • North West University, Department of Church History, Doctoral External Examiner (2002).
  • University of Stellenbosch, Department of Church History, Doctoral External Examiner (2002).
  • University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Department of Church History, Doctoral External Examiner (2002).
  • North West University, Department of Church History, Doctoral External Examiner
  • Helderberg College, Department of Church History, External Examiner
  • Wits University, Doctoral External Examiner
  • Fort Hare University, Master’s External Examiner
  • St Augustine College, Johannesburg, Master’s External Examiner
  • College of the Tansfiguration, External examiner
  • Theological Education by Extension, External examiner

 

Referee duties

  • I referee articles and write book reviews for Missionalia (Book Review Editor), Verbum et Ecclesia, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae  (Member of editorial Board),  Hervormde Theological Studies (Member of Editorial Board) and St Augustine Papers (Member of editorial Board).

 

AWARDS AND SCIENTIFIC/SCHOLARLY RECOGNITION

Research awards and prizes

  • New Testament Class Prize – University of Aberdeen (1975).
  • Mrs Stephen Wilson Prize in Practical Theology and Christian Ethics – University of Aberdeen (1977).
  • Chancellor’s Club Scholarship – UNISA (1998).

 

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