Who we are
First, what do we call ourselves? “European Pentecostal Theological Association” is quite a mouthful, and so we find “EPTA” does much better. Obviously, we are focused on Europe, and we are a group – an Association – of people who are Pentecostal or want to study Pentecostalism. To be honest, most of us ARE Pentecostals. And we are theologians, biblical scholars and so forth. A typical member of EPTA is someone who teaches at a Pentecostal or similar theological college in Europe, or who is a research student studying some aspect of Pentecostalism. Other members are retired people who used to work at Bible colleges and so forth.
You can find further information about how we are organised here: EPTA Constitution
What we do
Established in 1981, EPTA offers a forum for promoting research, active fellowship and networking. We bring together many Pentecostal educational institutions primarily in Europe and scholars from all over the world. We also promote education and reflection in the broad area of Pentecostal theology.
We achieve all this in two main ways. First, we hold annual conferences. Our conferences take place each summer, and are held in a different part of Europe each year (for example, 2015 in Italy; 2016 in Bulgaria; 2017 in Britain). They last just a few days, and are a chance to hear academic papers on aspects of Pentecostal theology, as well as sharing good times with others of like mind, and having a good break from our normal routines.
The second way we fulfil our aims is by means of our journal. The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association is the full title, but that usually gets shortened to JEPTA. The editor is William Kay who is also a past chair of EPTA. JEPTA is a peer-reviewed academic journal producing high-quality articles on a range of Pentecostal-related themes.
Who leads us
EPTA is led by a group of elected officers who make up its Executive Committee (‘Exec’). There is a: Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer and JEPTA Editor. Generally, the Exec also has two or three other EPTA members on the team. Officers are elected for four-year terms of office. For introductions to the Exec, go to our EPTA Leadership page.
The Chair presides at business meetings and represents the interests of EPTA to other associations and forums, and the Vice-chair assists the Chair, particularly in helping to organise annual conferences. The Secretary looks after correspondence and keeps records.
The Treasurer keeps track of all funds received and disbursed. The editor of JEPTA receives articles for publication, organises peer review, and so forth. There is an editorial board helping in this process. Other members of the Exec assist with organising conferences and promoting the Association.
How you can be involved
Become a member
Maybe you would like to become a member as an individual. There are three types of individual membership: full, associate and student.
Full membership is for those who hold an earned graduate degree from a recognised institution of higher education, who either have been or are engaged in Christian higher education (administrative or instructional), or who have made significant scholarly contributions to Pentecostal literature as determined by the Exec. Full members can vote at business meetings and hold office.
Associate membership is for those who are not eligible for full membership but who, in the judgement of the Exec, are otherwise qualified for membership. Associate members can vote at business meetings on some matters, but cannot hold office.
Student membership is for students currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Student members can attend all meetings of the Society and present papers, but cannot vote or hold office.
To apply for individual membership, go to our Membership page.
Maybe you are interested in bringing your theological college or institution into membership. Institutional members are drawn from Pentecostal and charismatic institutions in Europe, and nominate a representative to vote on their behalf in business meetings.
To discuss institutional membership, contact the chair of EPTA.
Come to our conferences
Our Conferences page has details of the next conference. These details become fuller as the conference nears. The page also tells you about previous conferences.
Write for JEPTA
If you are interested in submitting an article for JEPTA, please go to the publisher’s website.
Who we relate to
EPTA has good relations with a number of other societies and organizations. These include the Pentecostal European Fellowship, the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education, and the European Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Association.