William Atkinson
Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal THEOLOGY

MB ChB (Edinburgh), MA (CNAA), PhD (Edinburgh)

William worked briefly as a doctor before being ordained by the Elim Pentecostal Church. He spent 10 years at Kensington Temple in London and 10 years at Elim’s college, Regents Theological College, where for 7 years he was Principal. From 2007 to 2011, William ministered in the Elim Pentecostal Church in Braintree, Essex, with his wife Alison.

He has been on the faculty at London School of Theology since 2011, where he has served at various times as a Vice-Principal, Director of Research, and Academic Secretary. He presently concentrates on research, while also offering a moderate amount of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

William earned his degree in medicine from Edinburgh University, an MA from London School of Theology and a PhD in theology from Edinburgh. His PhD researched an aspect of the Word-faith movement.

He has written five books and several articles for academic journals. His book The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation, published in 2009, won the annual book award from The Foundation For Pentecostal Scholarship. His Baptism in the Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate was published in 2011, Trinity after Pentecost in 2013, and Jesus before Pentecost in 2016.

William’s research interests primarily lie in Pentecostal/charismatic/renewal and New Testament pneumatologies, christologies and understandings of the Trinity. He supervises research students in these and related areas.

The Foundation For Pentecostal Scholarship 2010 Award of Excellence (book category) for my The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

* = Journal article that is peer-reviewed, according to published sources.

  • ‘European Pentecostal Theological Association’ in Michael Wilkinson, ed., Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (electronic; Leiden: Brill, 2020).
  •  ‘The Role of Prophecy in the Book of Acts: A Pentecostal Perspective’ Odos (commissioned; awaiting translation into Italian as ‘Il Ruolo della Profezia nel Libro degli Atti: una Prospettiva Pentecostale’).
  • *‘How European is Pentecostalism?’ International Bulletin of Mission Research 44:3 (2020).
  • ‘God has Enemies: Pentecostal Dualism in a Monistic World’ in Jean-Daniel Plüss, ed., Title provisionally Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity and Religious Pluralism (Oxford: Regnum Books, forthcoming, 2020).
  • ‘Copeland, Kenneth’ in Michael Wilkinson, ed., Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (electronic; Leiden: Brill, 2020).
  • ‘Christology’ in Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology (London: Routledge, 2020).
  • Russian translation of Baptism in the Spirit (Cherkasy, Ukraine: Colloquium Publishing, 2017).
  • ‘Barth, Election and the Spirit’ in Frank D. Macchia and Andrew K. Gabriel, eds, Pentecostals and Karl Barth’s Theology (publisher to be determined; forthcoming)
  • *‘The Miraculous Element in Lukan Missiology: A Challenge to Current Pentecostal Mission in Europe’ The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 37:1 (2017), pp. 2–12.
  • *‘Succession Management, Jesus-Style’ The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 36:2 (2016), pp. 105–116.
  • Jesus before Pentecost (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016).
  • *‘The Kenosis of the Personal Spirit’ The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 35:2 (2015), pp. 115–121.
  • ‘The Holy Spirit and Pastoral Care’ in Holy Spirit: An Unfinished Agenda edited by Johnson Lim (Singapore: Word N Works, 2015).
  • ‘The Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians’ in A Biblical Theology of the Spirit, edited by Trevor Burke and Keith Warrington (London: SPCK, 2014).
  • *‘The Trinity and Servant-Leadership’ Evangelical Review of Theology, 38.2 (2014), pp. 138–150.
  • Trinity After Pentecost (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013).
  • Baptism in the Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).
  • The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
  • *‘The Nature of the Crucified Christ in Word-Faith Teaching    Evangelical Review of Theology 31.2 (2007), pp. 169–184.
  • *‘Angels and the Spirit in Luke-Acts’ The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association XXVI:1 (2006), pp. 76–90.
  • ‘Spirit, Soul and Body: The Trichotomism of Kenyon, Hagin, and Copeland. Refleks 5:1 (2006), pp. 98–118.
  • *‘Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Worth a Second Look?’ Evangel 21:2 (2003), pp. 49–54.
  • *‘The Prior Work of the Spirit in the Lukan Portrayal’ Australasian Pentecostal Studies 5-6 (2001), pp. 107–114.
  • ‘The Development of Church Based Training Schemes and its Implications for Established Bible Colleges’ British Journal of Theological Education 10:1 (1998), pp. 35–43.
  • *‘Pentecostal responses to Dunn’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Pauline Literature’ Journal of Pentecostal Theology 7 (1995), pp. 49–72.
  • *‘Pentecostal responses to Dunn’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Luke-Acts   Journal of Pentecostal Theology 6 (1995), pp. 87–131.

Various book reviews, mainly in The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association and Evangelical Quarterly.

  • Member of the Elim Pentecostal Churches’ Training Validation Board, 1992 – 1993
  • Member of the Steering Group of London Leaders Prayer Breakfasts, 1992 – 1994
  • Member of the Association of Bible College Principals, 1997 – 2004
  • Member of the Elim Pentecostal Churches’ Ministerial Selection and Training Board, 1997 – 2004
  • Trustee for the International Correspondence Institute, 1997 – 2005
  • Member of the Board of Reference for Open Hands Ministry to profoundly deaf people, 1998 – 2004
  • Trustee for Frishta Children’s Village, India, 2003 – 2013
  • Chair of Trustees for Frishta Children’s Village, India, 2007 – 2010
  • Member of the Board of Advisers, the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, 2005 – present
  • Member of the editing team, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 2014 – present.
  • Member of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 2015 – present.
  • Member of the Tyndale Fellowship, 2015 – present.
  • Chair of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 2016 – 2020.