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David Reed

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Research Professor

M.A. (Andover Newton), Ph.D. (Boston)

B.A. (Barrington)



David Reed has been a faculty member at Wycliffe since 1987. He began his teaching career as Academic Trade Instructor at the New Brunswick Technical Institute. After four years he moved to New England to study Bible and theology which led to completion of his B.A. at Barrington College, M.A. at Andover Newton Theological School (historical theology), and PhD at Boston University (systematic and historical theology). He was reared in the Oneness stream of Pentecostalism, and in 1969 ordained in the Episcopal Church. He pastored for 18 years in Massachusetts and Connecticut before coming to Wycliffe College to teach pastoral theology and direct Field Education. He retired from full time teaching in 2005. His interests in pastoral studies included spirituality, congregational life, healing, cultural and spiritual trends, marriage and family, and sexuality. His interest in the Pentecostal and charismatic movements resulted in a sabbatical project (1990) on Canadian charismatic Anglicans and the publication of a definitive study on the third stream of Pentecostalism, “In Jesus’ Name”: The History and Beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals (2005). Early invitations to lecture in Sudan (1981) and Mexico (1986) expanded his interest in global Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity. Among the more than ten countries in which he conducted research or lectured, one major ongoing research project is the indigenous Chinese True Jesus Church. He has been an active member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies since 1973, and honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Since 2005 he has been part-time Associate at Christ Memorial Anglican Church in Oshawa. He and his wife, Carlynn (actor, writer and liturgical dancer), live in Markham. They have two adult sons, Kirk and Chris (deceased).


Areas of Expertise

  • Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
  • Field research on Pentecostal-charismatic movements
  • Migrant Christianity
  • Intercultural Theology
  • Christian Healing


Select Publications

  • "Oneness Pentecostals and Karl Barth: Theological Cousins Who Never Met?" in Frank Macchia, Andrew Gabriel, Wolfgang Vondey, eds., Karl Barth and Pentecostals in Dialogue (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2023)
  • “Evangelical Origins of Oneness Pentecostal Theology,” chapter 2, Lloyd Barba, Andrea Johnson, Daniel Ramírez, eds., Oneness Pentecostalism: Race, Gender, and Culture (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2023)
  • “Oneness Pentecostalism,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: De Guyter, 2022).
  • ‘In Jesus’ Name’: The History and Beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals (Deo, 2008) (SPS Pneuma award, 2009)
  • "Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God", "Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ", "Charles M. Irish", "Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith", "Oneness Pentecostalism", "Pentecostal Assemblies of the World", in Stanley Burgess and Gary McGee, eds., New International Dictionary of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), 329, 342, 544, 802-03, 936-44, 965
  • "Oneness Pentecostalism: Problems and Possibilities for Pentecostal Theology," Journal of Pentecostal Theology 11 (October 1997): 73-93
  • Entries in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism: "Oneness Pentecostalism," "Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada," "Bernt Berntsen," “Pentecostal Assemblies of the World,” “Paul Wei," 2021.
  • “The Prosperity Gospel and Money—Plundering the Devil’s Den?” Canadian Journal of  Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity 10/1 (2019): 50-68
  • "Restoration and Revelation in the True Jesus Church: Sources of Indigenization," chapter 8 in Cheng-tian Kuo, Fu-chu Chou, Sian-chin Iap, eds., Transfiguration of Chinese Christianity: Localization and Globalization (Taipei: Chengchi University Press, 2018), 195-221
  • " Global Oneness Pentecostal Theology: Contributions and Challenges for the 21st Century," chapter 23 in Vinson Synan and Amos Yong, eds., Global Renewal Christianity (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2017), 358-73
  •  “Then and Now—The Many Faces of Global Oneness Pentecostalism,” chapter 3 in Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Amos Yong, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism, Cambridge Companion to Religions (Cambridge University Press, 2014), 52-70
  • “Amos Yong’s ‘New’ Pentecostal Theology: Anglican Notes on the Oneness-Trinitarian Impasse,” chapter 12 in Wolfgang Vondey and Martin W. Mittelstadt, eds. The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarshihp: Passion for the Spirit (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 239-57
  • “From Bethel Temple to Bethel Church of Indonesia—Missionary Legacy of an Independent Congregation,” chapter in Michael Wilkinson, ed., Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission, and Public Religion (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 93-115
  • “Finished Work Controversy,” “Oneness Pentecostalism,” in Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity, ed. Adam Stewart (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012), 84-86, 158-62
  • “Autochthonous and Multicultural: Beliefs and Boundary-Keeping in the True Jesus Church,” in Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14/1 (January 2011):93-107
  • “Oneness Seed on Canadian Soil: Early Developments of Oneness Pentecostalism,” Chapter 9 in Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, eds. Winds from the North: Canadian Contributions to the Pentecostal Movement (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010), 197-213
  • “Assessment and Interaction,” chapter 10 in Steven Studebaker, ed., Pentecostalism and Globalization: The Impact of Globalization on Pentecostal Theology and Ministry, McMaster Theological Studies Series 2 (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010), 221-35
  • “Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith,” Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 2nd edition, eds., J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2010)
  •  “Denominational Charismatics—Where Have They Gone? A Canadian Anglican Case Study,” chapter 9 in Michael Wilkinson, ed., Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (McGill University Press, 2009), 197-213

"Aspects of the Origins of Oneness Pentecostalism," chapter in Vinson Synan, ed., Aspects of Pentecostal-Charismatic Origins (Plainfield, N.J.: Logos Publishers, 1975), 143-68