EPTA Leadership

Chair

Revd Dr Simo Frestadius

Simo (PhD, University of Birmingham) is the Academic Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Pentecostal Theology at Regents Theological College, UK. He is also an ordained minister in the Elim Pentecostal Church. His teaching and research focuses on Pentecostal theology, philosophical/constructive theology, public theology, and philosophy of religion. He has published Pentecostal Rationality: Epistemology and Theological Hermeneutics in the Foursquare Tradition (2020 Bloomsbury T&T Clark), as well as a few academic articles. Simo is originally from Finland, although he spent most of his childhood in Tanzania. He is married to Caroline and they have two children.

Simo has been serving as the Chair of EPTA since July 2020 and before that he was the association’s Vice-Chair. He believes that EPTA can play an important role in supporting individuals and institutions across Europe and further afield in doing Pentecostal theology for the benefit of the church, academy and wider society.       

JEPTA Editor

Prof. Wolfgang Vondey

Wolfgang (PhD, Marquette University), originally from Germany, is Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where he also directs the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. He has taught for twenty years in America, most recently at Regent University, where he founded and directed the Center for Renewal Studies. His research focuses on systematic and constructive theological themes through the lens of Pentecostalism, including interests in religion, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and the intersection of theology and the sciences. He is co-editor of the series, Christianity and Renewal-Interdisciplinary Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), and of Systematic Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology (Bloomsbury). His most recent books include The Routledge Hadbook of Pentecostal Theology (2020 Routledge), Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel (2017 Bloomsbury T&T Clark) – which won the Pneuma Award of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 2018 – as well as Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (2013 Bloomsbury T&T Clark), 2 volumes of Pentecostalism and Christian Unity (2013 and 2010 Pickwick), and Beyond Pentecostalism: The Crisis of Global Christianity and the Renewal of the Theological Agenda (2010 Eerdmans). 

Treasurer

Dr Bob Welch

Originally an atheist, and chemistry major about to graduate from Fresno State University in California, USA, Bob turned to Christ in 1977 and entered Biblical studies at California Christian College, finishing his B.S. in Biblical Languages in 1981. Soon thereafter, he prepared with Assemblies of God World Missions USA to become a foreign missionary planting new pioneer churches in Japan as well as spearheading evangelism after the 1995 Kobe earthquake and leading the Missionary Field Fellowship. After three churches were planted (over a twenty-year span), and along with his wife Karen, Bob sought a Master’s degree in the UK at Mattersey Hall, graduating in 2006. Feeling deeply the need to leave Japan to transfer to Europe, Bob began doctoral work with his supervisor Dr Jenny Read-Heimerdinger at Bangor University, Wales, and finished with a Phd in 2015, focusing on textual critical studies in the Greek manuscript of Codex Bezae in the Gospel of Luke. Now a professor of New Testament and Chair of Practical Theology at Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium, Bob continues to give presentations at conferences such as CTS Colloquiums, SPS Conferences, and EPTA, as well as teaching on the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at CTS from 2009 to present. Various articles are now published as well as specific studies in the Bezan text with more planned for the future.

Secretary

Stanka Vladeva

Stanka was born in 1975 and became a believer in 1991. She holds an M.Th. in Biblical Studies from the University of Wales, and a masters degree in social work. For 15 years she was a member of the Pentecostal Faculty of the Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute in Sofia, and lectured in Old Testament Studies, including the Hebrew Language and Christian Ethics. She also worked there as a translator and chief librarian. She is determined to grow in her teaching ability in the areas of the OT and Hebrew Language.

At present, she is part of the team revising the Bulgarian Bible Society version of the Bible – the Old Testament in particular. The work requires considerable knowledge of the Hebrew language, ancient history and culture, as well as high ability to communicate the meaning of the original text in the modern Bulgarian language.

She serves as a member of the board of the Bulgarian branch of Scripture Union and assists with translation and editing work for the publications of the organization, as well as with Bible training for staff and volunteers. For a number of years, Stanka served in both teenage and student Bible competitions in several capacities. Teaming up with her husband, Kostadin Vladev, she is doing Bible training for some churches in Bulgaria, including recent church plants among the Gypsy minorities.

Further Executive Members

Revd Phyllis Thompson

IMG_8205Phyllis has been on the EPTA executive since 2011. She currently co-ordinates the New Testament Church of God Heritage Centre  located in Northampton, England.  She was the Education Director for her denomination in England and Wales from 2007 -2018. Prior to this role, Phyllis served her Church as Associate Pastor at Mile End Church, where she led the small group ministry. She has over 30 years’ experience in education, specifically Christian education, adult and development education and in this capacity has developed and facilitated training programmes for trainers in community, further and higher education in the UK and Europe. Phyllis is a published writer. Recent publications include Challenges of Pentecostal Theology in the 21st Century (2020 SPCK), Challenges of Black Pentecostal Leadership in the 21st Century (2013 SPCK), and her contribution to Faith of our Fathers edited by Donald S Aultman and Steve Land (2009 Pathway Press).

Revd Pasi Parkkila

Pasi has been on the EPTA executive since 2011. He has served in different roles at Iso Kirja College, Keuruu, Finland from 1995 up to his retirement in 2019. He has two masters degrees and has completed studies in educational administration and leadership. During his time of leadership at Iso Kirja, the college programmes were validated by the University of Wales and a new partnership was started in 2015 with Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia.

Pasi has served as a member of the Consultative Committee between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Pentecostal Churches in Finland since 2006. He has also been a member of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (WAPTE) Board of Directors since 2013. His publications include a jointly authored article with Dr Arto Hämäläinen “Synergy for Designing Mission Training: Finnish Reflections,” JEPTA 32, no. 2 (2012): 149-164.