Professor William K Kay

Professor William K Kay Professor of Pentecostal Studies

I am currently investigating Pentecostalism, a renewal movement within Christianity, in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur with the expectation that, as the 21st century unfolds, Southeast Asia will become more important to global Christianity.

Email w.kay@chester.ac.uk

Qualifications

BA (hons) (Oxford), MA (Oxon), M.Ed (Reading), PhD (Reading), PhD (Nottingham), DD (Nottingham), PGCE (London)

Overview

Taught in comprehensive schools and then later in the University of Wales and King’s College, London.  Carried out quantitative research on schools and was involved with the training of teachers and ministers of religion before moving to Bangor University and Glyndŵr University to work in theology. 

Regularly speaks at the Society for Pentecostal Studies and at the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology.

Teaching

Supervision

Recent titles:

  • ‘A biographical survey of 20th century female Pentecostal leadership and an incipient egalitarian struggle’.
  • ‘The western Charismatic/Pentecostal embracing of the Arts’.
  • ‘Evidential Tongues: A critical study of the origin, development and function of the Doctrine of Initial Evidence in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition’.
  • ‘The origins, developments, growth and the influence of Assemblies of God in Ghana’.
  • ‘An empirical-theological examination of contemporary prophecy amongst Pentecostals in Singapore’.
  • ‘An Analysis and Evaluation of the distinctive missiology of the New Churches’.
  • ‘A critical evaluation of the contribution of Jonathan Paul to the development of the German Pentecostal Movement’.

Research

Research Interests

Pentecostalism

Modern Church History

Psychology of Religion

Religious Education

Practical Theology

PhD Supervision (Contextual, Practical and Public Theologies

  • Religious Studies, Contemporary Spiritualities and Religion and Society
  • Theological Ethics

External Funding

As a member of the Peter Project in a bid that attracted funding of 50,000 Euros from the European Union.  The project was a co-operative enterprise in two stages.  The partnering institutions were: the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of St Petersburg, Russia, and the University of Linköping, Sweden. 

In the mid 1990s in collaboration with others bids that attracted funding of more than £130,000 from the Church Colleges Trusts.  This has led to the publication of the four Religion in Education volumes.

In 2000 a successful bid to the Welsh Language Board for approximately £2,500 to the Welsh Language Board to carry out an evaluation of Two Languages -- Twice The Choice, Raising Bilingual Children -- Advice For Parents, the bounty pack (including a video) and other materials given to young mothers. 

In 2000 a bid to the Church in Wales for approximately £10,000 that work on the new religious education syllabus for Anglican primary schools.  The project was successful and the syllabus was written and launched in 2001.

Esmée Fairburn: Heads You Win project a successful bid in 1999 between Trinity College, Carmarthen, and Pembrokeshire Local Education Authority to raise standards by action research in 16 primary schools.  The project raised £30,785 shared between the LEA and Trinity.

In 2002 a successful bid to King’s College Seedcorn Fund for £700 to host a day conference at King’s to bring together members of the Federation of Prisoner’s Families Support Groups, representatives of the Prison Service, representatives of the Home Office, representatives of teachers and local authorities and educationalists to discuss the funding of a bid concerning children with a parent or close relative in prison.

In 2002, a successful bid for £4,000 to the Diana Memorial Fund to monitor the effect of the Gloucestershire Local Education Authority policy on the education of children with a parent or close relative in prison. 

In 2002 a successful to St Gabriel’s Trust for £63,000 for a studentship ‘The Distinctiveness of RE in Church of England (Aided) Schools’ that raised £21,000 per year for three years

In 2002 a successful bid to the British Academy for just under £5,000 to employ an assistant who could gather materials from published and unpublished sources that could be assembled in an anthology for use in the teaching of Pentecostal and charismatic studies.  The book A Reader in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies (London, SCM, 2004) was the result of this funding.  The bid also funded the collection of an up-to-date database about the extent of the Pentecostal and charismatic movement in Britain and its impact on ministerial training.

In 2004 a successful bid to the British Academy for just under £5,000 to employ an assistant who could contribute to the distribution, coding and checking of a questionnaire to a British sample involved in the Religion and Life Perspectives proposal organised by the University of Würzburg. 

In 2007 Conference bid for ‘Pentecost at Sunderland’ which was held in September 2007 at St John’s College, Durham.  The bid raised just under £2,000 to fly in international scholars.

In 2003 a successful bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Board for £26,038 to research apostolic networks in England and Wales.  Funding for the project lasted 18 months.  The book, Apostolic Networks in Britain: new ways of being church (Milton Keynes, Paternoster, 2007) was published in April 2007.

In 2010 a successful bid for $100,000 over two years from the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative based in the Centre for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.  The grant covered research into a project entitled ‘Asian Pentecostal-style Church Growth’ and conclude in August 2012.

Published work

Books (authored)

W. K. Kay, Pentecostalism: a very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.xiv + 145.  ISBN 978 0 19 957515 2.

W. K. Kay, Pentecostalism (core text), London, SCM, 2009, pp.xviii + 358.  ISBN 978-0-334-04144-3.

W. K. Kay, Apostolic Networks in Britain: new ways of being church, Milton Keynes, Paternoster, 2007, pp.xv + 377.  ISBN 978-1-84227-409-5.

W. K. Kay, Pentecostals in Britain, Carlisle, Paternoster, 2000, pp.xxiv + 372. ISBN 1-844227-011-7

W. K. Kay and P. Weaver, Pastoral Care and Counselling: a manual, Carlisle, Paternoster, 1997, pp.xiv + 200. [Indian edition, 1999]. ISBN 0-85364-784-4.

W. K. Kay and L. J Francis, Drift from the Churches, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1996, pp.iv + 266. ISBN0-7083-1330-2.

L. J. Francis and W. K. Kay, Teenage Religion and Values, Leominster, Gracewing, 1995, pp.viii + 224. ISBN 0-85244-282-3.

W. K. Kay and W. Shenton, Harvest Now, LifeStream Publications/Mattersey Hall, 1993, pp.127. ISBN 0-946586-07-1.

W. K. Kay Prophecy!, LifeStream Publications/Mattersey Hall, 1991, pp.viii + 107. [Hungarian edition, 1994; French edition, 2008] ISBN 1-873324-01-4.

W. K. Kay, Inside Story, Stourpourt-on-Seven: Mattersey Hall Publications, 1990, pp.iii + 380. ISBN 1-873324-00-6.

 

Books (edited)

W. K. Kay and R. Parry (eds), Deliverance and Exorcism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,  Paternoster, 2011, pp. 269, ISBN 978-1-84227-680-8.

W. K. Kay and A. E. Dyer (eds), European Pentecostalism, Leiden, Brill, 2011, pp. 416, ISBN 978-9004-20730-1.

H-G. Ziebertz, William K. Kay and Ulrich Riegel (eds), Youth in Europe 3: An international empirical study of the significance of Religion for Life Orientation, Münster, LIT Verlag, 2009; pp. 267, ISBN 978-3-8258-1579-0.

H-G. Ziebertz and W. K. Kay (eds), Youth in Europe 2: an international empirical study about religiosity, 2006, Münster, Lit Verlag, pp.372.  ISBN 3-8258-9941-1

H-G. Ziebertz and W. K. Kay (eds), Youth in Europe 1: an international empirical study about life perspectives, 2005, Münster, Lit Verlag, pp.276.  ISBN 3-8258-8718-9

W. K. Kay and A. E. Dyer (eds), Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies: a reader, London, SCM, 2004, pp. xxxiii + 332. ISBN 0-334-02940-6

W. K. Kay and L. J. Francis (eds.) Religion in Education (4), Leominister, Gracewing, 2003, pp. xiv + 415. ISBN 0-85244-585-7

W. K. Kay and L. J. Francis (eds.) Religion in Education (3), Leominister, Gracewing, 2000, pp.xiv + 479. ISBN 0-85244-427-3

W. K. Kay and L. J. Francis (eds.) Religion in Education (2), Leominister, Gracewing, 1998, pp.xiv + 423. ISBN 0-85244-426-5

W. K. Kay and L. J. Francis (eds.) Religion in Education (1), Leominister, Gracewing, 1997, pp.xii + 372. ISBN 0-85244-425-7

L. J. Francis, W. K. Kay and W S Campbell (eds.) Research in Religious Education, Leominster/Macon, Gracewing/ Smyth & Helwys Publishing Inc, 1996, pp. vii + 470. ISBN 0-85244-342-0

L. J. Francis, W. K. Kay, A. Kerby and O. Fogwill (eds.) Fast-moving Currents in Youth Culture, Oxford, Lynx Communications, 1995, pp. 271. ISBN 0-7324-1256-0

 

 

Chapters

Alexander Boddy, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012.

George Jeffreys, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012.

God in creation: a reflection on Jürgen Moltmann’s theology, in L J Francis and Mandy Robbins (eds), Rural Life and Rural Church: theological and empirical perspectives, Bristol, Equinox, pp. 94-104, 2012.

Pentecostalism and inspiration, in Michael Fuller (ed), Inspiration in Science and Theology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

Deliverance and exorcism in psychological perspective, in W. K. Kay and R. Parry (eds), Deliverance and Exorcism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Paternoster, pp. 139-155, 2011.

A Sociological Perspective on Pentecostalism
in Europe, in W. K. Kay and A. E. Dyer (eds), European Pentecostalism, Leiden, Brill, pp. 383-401, 2011.

Concluding Remarks, in Calvin L Smith, Pentecostal Power: expressions, impact and faith of Latin American Pentecostalism, Brill, pp. 277-278, 2011.

W. K. Kay with Kees Slijkerman, Raymond Pfister and Cornelis van der Laan (2011), Pentecostal Theology and Catholic Europe, in W. K. Kay and A. E. Dyer (eds), European Pentecostalism, Leiden, Brill, 2011 pp. 313-331.

Agreed syllabuses, in L Philip Barnes, Debates in Religious Education, Routledge, pp. 52-61, 2011

Why did the Welsh Revival stop? In D. W. Roberts (ed), Revival, Renewal and the Holy Spirit, Milton Keynes, Paternoster, pp. 169-184, 2009.

Violence for political purposes, in H-G. Ziebertz, William K. Kay and Ulrich Riegel (eds), Youth in Europe (vol 3) An international empirical study of the significance of Religion for Life Orientation, Münster, LIT Verlag, pp.199-212, 2009.

Religiosity in Christians, Muslims and Jews, in H-G. Ziebertz, William K. Kay and Ulrich Riegel (eds), Youth in Europe (vol 3) An international empirical study of the significance of Religion for Life Orientation, Münster, LIT Verlag, pp. 21-38, 2009.

Hans-Georg Ziebertz, Ulrich Riegel, and William K. Kay (2009), The impact of religion on life-orientation, in H-G. Ziebertz, William K. Kay and Ulrich Riegel (eds), Youth in Europe (vol 3) An international empirical study of the significance of Religion for Life Orientation, Münster, LIT Verlag, pp.9-20

Apostolic networks in Britain: personality and praxis, in L. J. Francis, Mandy Robbins and Jeff Astley (eds) Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables, Leiden, Brill, pp. 321-337, 2008.

Pentecostal and Charismatic churches: minorities that resist secularisation, in Hans-Georg Ziebertz and Ulrich Riegel (eds), Europe: secular or post-secular?, Berlin, Lit Verlag, 2008, 127-142, 2008.

Violence for political purposes: the case of the London bombings, in J Astley, L J Francis and M Robbins (eds), Peace or Violence: the ends of religious education?, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, pp.174-189, 2008.

 

Articles

Empirical and historical perspectives on the growth of Pentecostal-style churches in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 2013.

The dynamics of the growth of Pentecostal churches: evidence from key Asian centres, Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 15, 2013. [Webjournals.ac.edu.au]

Where the wind blows: Pentecostal Christians in Hong Kong and Singapore, PentecoStudies, 11.2,128-148.  2012.

Liberal education: a renewed role within religious education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 32.1, 185-193, 2011.

W. K. Kay, L.J. Francis, and M. Robbins, A distinctive leadership for a distinctive network of churches? Psychological type theory and the apostolic networks, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 20.2 306-322, 2011.

Modernity and the arrival of Pentecostalism in Britain, PentecoStudies, 9.2, 50-70, 2010.

Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography, Pneuma, 32, 5-15, 2010.

Pentecostalism and religious broadcasting, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 30, 3, 245-254, 2009.

Christian history writing and writing Christian history, Christianity and History Bulletin, 5, Spring, 2009, 7-17

H-G Ziebertz and W. K. Kay, A Key to the Future: the attitudes and values of adolescent Europeans, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 7.2, 2009, 151-165

H-G Ziebertz and W. K. Kay, Attitudes and Values of Adolescent Europeans towards Europeanisation, Journal of Empirical Theology, Volume 21,  2, 2008, 209-239 (31)

Sunderland’s Legacy in New Denominations, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 28, 2, 183-199, 2008.

W.K.Kay, L. J. Francis and C. Craig, Psychological type preferences of male British Assemblies of God Theological college students: tough-minded and tender-hearted? Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 28, 1, 6-20, 2008

W. K. Kay and L. J. Francis, Psychological type preferences of female Bible College students in England, Journal of Beliefs and Values, 29, 1, 101-105, 2008.

Apostolic Networks in Britain: an analytic overview, Transformation 25, 1, 32-42, 2008