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Clifton R. Clarke

Assistant Provost for the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and Associate Professor of Black Church Studies and World Christianity

BTh, University of Nottingham/St John’s Theological Seminary
MA, University of Derby
PhD, University of Birmingham

Courses Taught

CH568: History of the African-American Religious Experience

HT501: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in Its Theological Reflection

TH553: Race, Religion and Theology in America

MH836/536: Global Pentecostalism and Mission

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

African Christianity, religion and race in America, world Christianity, Islamic theology and history, contemporary Black church studies, African Pentecostalism, African diaspora Christian movements, North African Christianity, missiology, intercultural theology

“The social and racial reconciliation we seek—and desperately need in America—comes at a cost: crucifying the sinful self (Gal. 2:20). Racial reconciliation without such commitment merely provides a temporary Band-Aid to the problem.”


Dr. Clarke, in an essay examining white supremacy. Read more.


Clifton Clarke joined the Fuller Seminary faculty and took leadership of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies effective April 1, 2017. He came to Fuller from Regent University School of Divinity, where he taught for nine years, serving most recently as associate professor of intercultural studies and world Christianity and as director of the Regent Center for Global Missions. An ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Dr. Clarke has served as a pastor in England, Ghana, and the US. He is also CEO of the Global Empowerment Network, where he has trained Christian leaders internationally to effectively engage the Muslim world for Christ.

Of Caribbean descent and raised in England, Clarke completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham, with his dissertation centering on post-missionary Christology among African indigenous churches in Ghana. After teaching theology at the University of Nottingham and pastoring in the UK for many years, Clarke and his family served as missionaries in Ghana, supporting orphanages, planting churches, and building schools over a period of ten years. He taught and trained West African church leaders in Muslim-dominated areas to effectively evangelize across the West African subregion.

Clarke has traveled widely, speaking and training Christian leaders in Russia, Africa, Europe, Indonesia, China, and the Middle East. His burden is to see a global movement of the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Islamic Dilemma and African Christology: Jesus in Post-Missionary Africa. His forthcoming works include The Black Church in North America, the African Diaspora, and World Christianity in Light of the Missio Dei and Race and Religion in America. He is married to Marcia Clarke, and they have two children, Joel and Jessica.

Download Dr. Clarke’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications.

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