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Dr Justin Thacker


Adjunct Lecturer in Theology and Missiology

1987-1992 University of Edinburgh Medical School - Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery
1997 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
1999-2001 London School of Theology - BA Theology
2001-2005 King's College London - PhD Theology

Dr Justin Thacker is the National coordinator for Church Action for Tax Justice and an adjunct lecturer and consultant for Cliff College. Previously, he served in various senior roles at the college, including as BA theology Programme Lead and as Academic Director.

His first career was as a medical doctor, training in paediatrics. He worked in Kenya as a paediatrician before becoming a healthcare manager and embarking on theological studies. He was formerly the Head of International Operations for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Head of Theology for the Evangelical Alliance and Executive Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission. His most recent book is Global Poverty: A Theological Guide (SCM Press, 2017).

His main research interests are Theology and International Development, and Public Theology. He is married with three children and supports Arsenal.

He blogs at

and Tweets @drjthacker

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Global Poverty: a theological guide (SCM Press, 2017)
  • Postmodernism and the Ethics of Theological Knowledge (Ashgate, 2007)

  • Micah's Challenge: the church's responsibility to the global poor (Hoek & Thacker, Paternoster, 2008)
  • The Atonement Debate (Tidball, Hilborn & Thacker, Zondervan, 2008)

  • ‘Two Concepts of Poverty’ in Walton & Swithinbank, Title tbc (T&T Clark, 2017)
  • 'Heaven’ in Rook & Holmes, What are we waiting for? (Paternoster, 2008)

  • 'From Charity to Justice Revisited', Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 32:2 (April 2015) pp112-127
  • ‘Three Concepts of Tolerance’, European Journal of Theology, 24:1 (2015)
  • ‘A holistic gospel: some biblical, historical and ethical considerations’, Evangelical Review of Theology 33:3 (July 2009)
  • ‘Lyotard and The Christian Metanarrative: A rejoinder to Smith and Westphal’, Faith and Philosophy 22:3 (July 2005).
  • ‘The Future of Postmodern Mission’ presented at Missio Dei: Evangelicalism and the New Politics, University of Chester, 12th June 2014
  • Thacker, J. & Clark, S., 'A Historical and Theological exploration of the 1910 disaffiliation of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union from the Student Christian Movement ‘, presented at the Evangelical and Fundamentalism in Britain conference, December 2008
  • Blogs / Websites
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