Equipping Christian Leaders for Christ-Like Ministry in Today’s World
Who are we?
The Shepherd's Academy is a part of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL). We work with existing institutions, networks, and churches across the Global South to deliver training programmes that address the gaps in theological training for grassroots Christian leaders.
We are excited to launch The Shepherd’s Academy programme in June 2021.
Recent statistics show that there are over two million untrained church leaders in the Global South. In light of increasing persecution and marginalisation, equipping the Church and her leadership becomes crucial. Furthermore, Covid-19 has had and continues to have devastating effects on the state of theological education across the world.
Within such a context, it is essential that we ask ourselves how we can best support and train those who are most in need. Our goal and vision is to see grass-roots church leaders equipped with the necessary tools they need to faithfully and effectively lead in their churches and communities.
We are led by a team of people from different backgrounds and church traditions, united by a common purpose: to equip Christian leaders for Christ-like ministry in today’s world.
This team helps to organise, develop, and deliver The Shepherd’s Academy programme in collaboration with many partners across the world.
Joshua Nurcombe-Pike is the Programme Leader for The Shepherd’s Academy. He oversees the development and delivery of the TSA programme, and works closely with TSA partners and collaborators.
He is a graduate from Cambridge University, with a first-class BA in Theology and Religious Studies and MPhil in New Testament and the Early Church. His research interests are in the areas of World Christianity and New Testament Studies.
Dr. I Lanusenla Ao
Dr. I Lanusenla Ao coordinates the development and delivery of courses within the Christian Ministry and Management cluster.
She hails from Nagaland, India, and is a member of the Ao Baptist Church. She earned her Doctor of Theology (D.Th.) at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. She has served as Associate Professor at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, India and at Gossner Theological College, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Lanusenla has two books to her name, entitled ‘Communicating Christian Thoughts on Voiceless Tribal Women: A Sociological Perspective.’ and ‘Preaching the Gospel in a Media Saturated World.’ She was also an editor of journals Sandeshharika (Prophetess’s Voice) while at Leonard Theological College and Adivasi Journal of Theology at Gossner Theological College. She has presented papers and contributed numbers of articles in various national and international journals.
John Lalnuntluanga coordinates the development and delivery of courses within the Christian History and Missions cluster. He also is the TSA registrar, liaising between study centres and OCRPL.
He is a member of the Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church of India. He has taught History and Missions at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, and Gossner Theological College, Ranchi. He has worked as a coordinator-cum-instructor at the Mission Foundation Movement, Aizawl, and also taught at various levels from primary school up to high school.
He received his MTh from the Senate of Serampore College (SSC). At present, he is doing his research on Tribal Pentecostalism towards a Doctor of Theology under the South Asia Theological Research Institute (SATHRI), SSC.
Vadivel Victor coordinates the development and delivery of courses within the Bible, Culture and Context cluster.
He has been a theological educator since 1996. As a teenager, he underwent two years of evangelistic training with Operation Mobilization India. With his Graduate degree in Sociology from Madras University, he pursued theological education and earned his B.D. and M.Th. (NT) degrees from Serampore University. Later, he earned a Post-graduate degree in Philosophy and Religions.
He has experience in teaching in the department of biblical studies for more than a decade, heading up research activities and development of a training program for youth in Christian apologetics, and coordinating activities of academic as well as devotional publications.
Dr Taimaya Ragui
Dr Taimaya Ragui coordinates the development and delivery of courses within the Christian Theology and Ethics cluster as an Academic Research Coordinator. He also has a particular focus on content finalisation and quality assurance for the whole programme.
He is a PhD graduate of SAIACS in the Department of Theology, where his research focuses on interfacing theological interpretation of Scripture and contextual theology. He comes with experience in online theological education, grassroot theological education, and pastoral experience in a cross-cultural setting.
John Jebaraj coordinates the Tamil work of The Shepherd’s Academy, handling the translation and delivery of the Tamil programme.
He holds master's degrees in Religion & Philosophy and Journalism & Mass Communication and also BD from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune under the Senate of Serampore College.
For over 2 decades, he was actively involved in developing new leaders to impact the Church and society. He served as the editor of an evangelical national magazine. He was instrumental in establishing and leading a publishing house, raising native writers, authors, and international partnerships as well. He strengthened the grassroots ministry among the university students in the Eastern states of India. He continues to equip leaders, in the art of studying & teaching the Scripture. He has contributed articles to national and international magazines on mentoring, publishing, and contemporary witnessing.
Godfrey Paruthivilai Sundararaj
Godfrey coordinates and administers the Learning Management system and is involved in online course design at TSA.
He comes with experience in pastoral ministry at Maharashtra Baptist Society, Mumbai, India and online theological education at SAIACS, Bangalore, India. He holds degrees in several disciplines that include Bachelor in Theology, BA in History, M.Div (Theology), MA in Philosophy, Religion and Culture and M.Phil in Theology and Ethics. His research interests include Christian apologetics, Contextual Theology and Philosophical Theology.