Clifton R. Clarke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & World Christianity


Dr. Clifton Clarke, associate professor at Regent School of Divinity, joined Regent in 2008. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he taught theology at the University of Nottingham, while pastoring in the U.K. for many years. In response to the call of God, Clarke and his family moved to West Africa in Ghana in 1997 to work as missionaries, where they served until 2007. In Ghana, Clarke played an instrumental role in building the Pan African Christian University College in Winneba, where he served as dean for five years.

After 10 years of fulfilling ministry in Africa, training pastors, planting churches, teaching, and involvement in economic development, Clarke was led by God to relocate to the United States., where he currently serves as the associate professor of Intercultural Studies and World Christianity. He is a highly sought after speaker who travels widely to such places as Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean and the USA. His burden is to see a global move of the power of the Holy Spirit. He is married and has two children.


Published Chapters and Journal Articles:

"West Indian and West African Pentecostalism", in Harold D. Hunter and Neil Ormead, The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism, Cleveland TN: C.P.T Press, 2013, pp. 169-182.

"Ogbu Kalu and Africa"s Christianity: A Tribute Essay" in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Vol. 32, Number 1 (2010), 107-120.

"Old Wine and New Wine Skins: West Indian and the New West African Pentecostal Churches in Britain and the Challenge of Renewal" in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. Vol. 19, Number 1 (2010), 143-154.

"Jesus of the Deep Forest: Ghanaian view of Jesus Christ as the Fearless One, the Earth-keeper, the Healer and Redeemer." Published on CMS website on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"African Epistemology and the Christian Faith: Towards the Epistemic Use of Orality and Symbolism in African Christian Scholarship." Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 9. No. 1 (June 2006), pp.56-64.

"Christology in African Indigenous Churches in Ghana." Missionalia. Vol. 34 No. 2/3 (August /November 2006), pp. 285-309

"Post-missionary African Indigenous Christology." Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol. 8, No. 1, (June 2005), pp. 321

"Towards a Functional Christology Among African Indigenous Churches in Ghana." Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies. Vol. 22, No. 2 (2005), pp. 287- 318. Also published in Missionalia, Vol. 33, no.1, (April 2005), pp. 138-165.

"Christological Construction Among Ghanaian AICs." Africa Theological Journal. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2005), pp. 23-41.

"African Indigenous Churches in Ghana: Past, Present and Future." Journal of African Indigenous Church Theology. Vol.2:1 (2005), pp. 5-16.

"In Our Mother Tongue: Vernacular Hermeneutics within African Initiated Christianity in Ghana." Trinity Journal of Church and Theology. Vol. XV, no. 2 (July 2005), pp. 52-68.

"Towards an Oral Christology among African Indigenous Church in Ghana." Journal of Asian Missions. Vol. 6:2, (2004), pp. 245-264.

"Christ in Africa." Journal of Theology and Religion. Vol. 1:No.1 (2000), pp. 2-12.

"Trans-denominational Mission." Black and White Christian Partnership Publication. (1997), pp. 10-14.

Published Books:

Pentecostal Theology in Africa (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014).

African Christology: Jesus in Post Missionary African Christianity (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010).

Editor with Amos Yong, Global Renewal, Religious Pluralism, and the Great Commission: Towards a Renewal Theology of Mission and Interreligious Encounter (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2010).

Called to Serve (Step Publishers: Accra, 2007)

The Reason Why we Sing: Introducing Black Pentecostal Spirituality (Grove Books Series: Cambridge, 1997).

Published Reviews:

A Review of Graham Twelftree, In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians. Journal of Pentecostal Theology. 17 (2008) pp. 137–144

A Review of Towards a Pneumatological Theology: Pentecostal and Ecumenical Perspectives on Ecclesiology, Soteriology and Theology of Mission by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Journal of Pentecostal Theology. Vol.14, No. 1 (October 2005), pp 123-137


Community Involvement: Lead Pastor of Restoration Christian Fellowship (www.rcfchurch.net); Founder Norfolk Community Forums; Member of the Norfolk PastorsÕ Round Table; Life Class Trainer for Union Missions; Member of the Interfaith Leaders for Peace and Reconciliation in Hampton Roads Memberships: Member of the Board of Directors for the Acts2 Network (2014 à Present); Chair: Religions and Culture for the Society for Pentecostal Studies (2015 à Present); Member Juvenile Subcommittee for the City of Norfolk (2015 à Present); Visiting Professor for Salem University, Abuja Nigeria (2015 à Present); Director of Regent University Center for Global Missions; Member of Society of Pentecostal Studies; Member of American Association of Religion

Meet Our Faculty

Corné J. Bekker, D.Litt et Phil



Department Chair, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry, General Education

757.352.4193 clbekker@regent.edu
Diane J. Chandler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership

757.352.4417 diancha@regent.edu
Dale M. Coulter, D.Phil.

Associate Dean of Academics

Associate Professor of Historical Theology

757.352.4183 dcoulter@regent.edu
Mara Lief Crabtree, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality & Women's Studies

757.352.4421 maracra@regent.edu
Victor H. Cuartas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practical Ministry & Global Missions

757.352.4418 victcua@regent.edu
Bradley J. Embry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

757-352-4972 bembry@regent.edu
James Flynn, D.Min.

Associate Dean of Operations & Teaching

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

757.352.4527 jamefly@regent.edu
Antipas L. Harris, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Practical Ministry

Director of the Youth and Urban Renewal Center

Ordained Elder, A House of the Living God, Church of Jesus ChristMember, Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries

757.352.4419 aharris@regent.edu
Mark A. Jumper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theological and Ministerial Studies

757.352.4903 mjumper@regent.edu
Kevin Spawn, D.Phil.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

757.352.4409 kspawn@regent.edu
J. Lyle Story, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Languages and New Testament

757.352.4402 lylesto@regent.edu
Joseph Umidi, D.Min.

Executive Vice President for Student Life

Professor of Practical Theology

757.352.4401 joseumi@regent.edu
Archie T. Wright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

757.352.4532 awright@regent.edu


Johnathan Alvarado, Ph.D.
Antoinette Alvarado, Ph.D.
Miguel Alvarez, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Anderson
Richard Bliese, Ph.D.
Patrick Bopp, Ph.D.
Lewis Brogdon, Ph.D.
Robert Burge, Ph.D.
Daniel Castelo, Ph.D.
Kristina Chalfin, Ph.D.
Randy Clark, Ph.D.
Michael Di Fuccia
Willis Dowling, Ph.D.
Charles Fox, Ph.D.
Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D.
Robert Hill, Ph.D.
Thomas Jones, Ph.D.
Mwambazambi Kalemba, Ph.D.
Lee Martin, Ph.D.
Patricia Mercier, Ph.D.
Seth Moore, Ph.D.
Eric Newberg, Ph.D.
Adam Nigh, Ph.D.
Louis Oliverio, Ph.D.
Jeremy Perigo
Steven Pounds
Daniel Rollins, Ph.D.
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Uwe Scharf, Ph.D.
Dwight Sheets, Ph.D.
Roger Starner, Ph.D.
Walter Sundberg, Ph.D.
Harold Synan, Ph.D.
Graham Twelftree, Ph.D.
Joseph Umidi, Ph.D.
Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D.
Brandon Walker, Ph.D.
James Wall
Robert Webster, Ph.D.
Sara Wells
Mark Wilson
Amos Yong, Ph.D.