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Dr Ben Pugh




1988 - 1991 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham BA (Hons) Fine Art
2001 - 2004 Regents Theological College (University of Manchester) MA (Distinction) The Study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues
2005 - 2009 Regents Theological College (Bangor University) PhD (Pentecostal Theology)
2019 Sheffield Hallam University PG Cert Teaching in Higher Education

Ben joined Cliff College in Sep 2012 from Mattersey Hall where he was head of Postgraduate Studies.

After an initial career as a full-time artist, Ben worked as an administrator for the Ministry of Defence for a number of years, as well as completing his theological education and being an adjunct lecturer in a number of colleges in UK and India. Ben’s PhD was entitled ‘Power in the Blood: The Significance of the Blood of Jesus to the Spirituality of Early British Pentecostalism and its Precursors’.

He lives in Nottingham with his wife Pearl and three children: Abigail, Gracie and Reuben, where they attend the Eagle’s Nest Church, which is a church that attracts people with little or no Christian background. Ben serves there in preaching and teaching. In that setting he has also collaborated with a recovery expert to deliver a brand new seven-step recovery programme for addictions and other problem behaviours.  

Here at Cliff, Ben has developed a passion for the inter-disciplinary study of theology and his teaching includes New Testament, Pentecostalism, theology and the arts, philosophy and discipleship. His current research interests are in the interdisciplinary study of the atonement and in the study of the Holy Spirit. He is the co-founder and director here at Cliff of the Samuel Chadwick Centre, which is a research centre focusing on the work of the Spirit in the mission of the Church. So far, Ben’s published work in theology applied to a variety of contexts and audiences amounts to over 40 pieces of work altogether. His most recent academic book is his SCM Study Guide to Theology in the Contemporary World (2017). 

Approaches for research supervision in anything atonement-related, in pneumatology or in Pentecostal Studies would be welcomed.

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Atonement Theories: A Way Through the Maze (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2014).
  • The Old Rugged Cross: A History of the Atonement in Popular Christian Devotion (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2016).
  • Bold Faith: A Closer Look at the Five Key Ideas of Charismatic Christianity (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017)
  • SCM Study Guide to Theology in the Contemporary World (London: SCM, 2017)
  • SCM Study Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith (London: SCM, 2018)
  • Pictures of Atonement: A New Testament Study (Eugene: Cascade, under contract)

  • The King of the Jews: 28 Moments with the Son of God (Eugene, OR.: Resource, 2014).
  • Whose Baby? Therapy for the Christmas Season in Twelve Parts (Eugene, OR.: Resource, 2014).
  • The Hero’s Journey Guidebook: Mapping the Story of Your Life (Eugene: Resource, 2016).
  • (with Jason Glover and Daniel Thompson), Beyond This Darkness: A Faith-Based Pathway to Recovery from Addictive Behaviors (Eugene: Resource, 2017).

  • "'There is Power in the Blood’ – The Role of the Blood of Jesus in the Spirituality of Early British Pentecostalism," Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 25 (2006), 54-66.
  • "A Brief History of the Blood: the Story of the Blood of Christ in Transatlantic Evangelical Devotion,” Evangelical Review of Theology 31:3 (2007), 239-255.
  • "The Mind of the Spirit: Explorations in the reciprocal relationship between the work of the Spirit and the work of the Son," Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 32:1 (2012), 41-60
  • "The Spirit and the Cross: Insights from Barth and Möltmann into the Holy Spirit’s Relationship to the Cross of Christ." Evangelical Review of Theology 36:4 (Oct 2012), 292-301.
  • "Subverted Hierarchies: Towards a Biblical Theology of Leadership," Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 32:2 (2013), 125-142.
  • "The Wesleyan Way: Entire Sanctification and its spin-offs – a recurring theme in Evangelical Devotion," Evangelical Review of Theology 38:1 (Jan 2014), 4-21.
  • "'Kicking the Daylights out of the Devil:' The Victory Motif in Some Recent Atonement Theology," European Journal of Theology XXIII:1 (2014), 32-42. Evangelical Review of Theology 38:1 (Jan 2014), 4-21.
  • "'Under the Blood' at Azusa Street: Exodus Typology at the Heart of Pentecostal Origins." Journal of Religious History 39:1 (March 2015), 86-103.
  • “Succession Plans: Is There a Biblical Template?” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 35:1 (2016), 1-14.
  • Blogs / Websites
  • Walking the Walk
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