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Cecil M. Robeck Jr.

Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics

AA, San Jose City College
BS, Bethany Bible College
MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
Honorary DD, Bethany University

Courses Taught

CH500: Early Church History

CH502: Medieval and Reformation History

CH504: Modern Church History

CH836/536: Christian Unity and Bilateral Dialogues

CH847/547: History and Development of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements

CH884/584: Post-Vatican II Catholic Church

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Global Pentecostalism (history, theology, and spirituality), charismatic renewal, ecumenism

“In a world that valued and divided people according to color, [the first Pentecostals] tried to show us that we can attain racial harmony, intimacy, and inclusiveness when we remember that we are all one in the Spirit of God. Neither skin color nor differences in age, gender, class, culture, or level of education should separate anyone within the body of Christ.”


Dr. Robeck, in his book The Azusa Street Mission and Revival.


Cecil M. Robeck, who has worked at Fuller Seminary since 1974, is senior professor of church history and ecumenics. His recent historical research centers on the Azusa Street Mission and Revival and its African American pastor William Seymour. His recent publications in the field of ecumenics have focused on the Holy Spirit, the Church, unity in the Pentecostal perspective, and potential contributions the Pentecostal movement can make to the world Christian movement.

Previously, Robeck served as an instructor in religion at Southern California College (now Vanguard University) in Costa Mesa, California, and as a trustee for Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley, California. At Fuller, he has served in several administrative positions, including associate dean for Academic Programs in the School of Theology, director of Academic Services, director of Student Services, and director of Admissions and Records. He has served as a visiting professor at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome.

An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Robeck has also worked on ecumenical issues for 35 years. He has been a member of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order since 1991. He has worked with the Vatican since 1985 and has served as the cochair of the International Catholic–Pentecostal Dialogue since 1992. He cochairs the International World Communion of Reformed Churches–Pentecostal Dialogue, and works with the Lutheran World Federation and many other groups. He serves as a consultant to the Lausanne Committee for long-term relations with the Vatican and is a member of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative. For the past 20 years Robeck has served on the steering committee of the Global Christian Forum. For 25 years he has met annually with the Secretaries of Christian World Communions, and he appears regularly as a panelist on broadcasts of the American Religious Town Hall.

Robeck is author of over 250 articles as well as The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (2006, recipient of the Pneuma Award, and nominated for the Grawmeyer Award) and Prophecy at Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (1992). He is the editor of Witness to Pentecost: The Life of Frank Bartleman (1985) and Charismatic Experiences in History (1985), and coeditor of The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy (2006) and The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (2006). He coedited the Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (2014) with Amos Yong. For nine years, he was editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is also part of the Azusa Street Memorial Committee and has lectured locally on the early Pentecostal sites in Los Angeles at UCLA, USC, Vanguard University, and the Japanese American National Museum.

View Dr. Robeck’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications.

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