Dr Kenneth Ross

Honorary Fellow


Kenneth R. Ross is Professor of Theology and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Zomba Theological College in Malawi. A Theological Educator (Africa) with the Church of Scotland, he also serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Livingstonia, University of Nkhoma, and University of Blantyre Synod in Malawi, Nile Theological College in South Sudan and the Theology Department, Evangelical Church of Christ in Mozambique. In 2020-21 he chaired the Interim Committee for the Establishment of the Theological Society of Malawi.

Since 2012 he has been a Theological Consultant with the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism. He chaired the Final Drafting Committee for the WCC mission affirmation Together Towards Life (2012) and was Co-Chair of the Drafting Committee for its Arusha Call to Discipleship (2018).

He is Series Editor of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity, published by Edinburgh University Press. As of June 2022, six of the projected 10 volumes have been published while the seventh is nearing completion.

His earlier roles include Professor of Theology at the University of Malawi, General Secretary of the Church of Scotland Board of World Mission and Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. In 2016 he was awarded an OBE for services to the community in Malawi and to Scotland Malawi relations.

His recent publications include Mission as God’s Spiral of Renewal, Mzuzu: Mzuni Press, 2019; Mission Rediscovered: Transforming Disciples. A Commentary on the Arusha Call to Discipleship, Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2020; with Klaus Fiedler, A Malawi Church History 1860-2020, Mzuzu: Mzuni Press, 2020; co-edited with Chammah J. Kaunda, Atola Longkumer and Esther Mombo, Christianity and COVID-19: Pathways for Faith, London and New York: Routledge, 2022; and co-edited with Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza and Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu, Beyond Impunity: New Directions for Governance in Malawi, Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2022.