Visiting Lecturers

Dr Verena Schafroth

MICS Lecturer

BA (Hons) (Applied Theology), MTh (Applied Theology), PhD (Educational Leadership)

Verena studied Applied Theology (BA/MTh) at Regents Theological College in the UK, after which she served as a theological educator in South Sudan from 2007-2011. She started her PhD in Educational Leadership at the Academy of World Missions in Germany in 2011, which she finished in 2017. She spent 5 years in Mozambique with SIM working as a theological educator in Pemba and then as Academic Dean of the Instituto Teológico de Lichinga in Lichinga training pastors for the local evangelical churches. Since September 2021, she is working as a Regional Consultant for Theological Education in Africa with the Overseas Council. 


  • Schafroth, Verena (2018) “The Context and Shape of Theological Education in Mozambique with Special Reference to Women”, International Review of Mission, Vol. 107, No 1, pp 240 – 260.
  • Schafroth, Verena (2014) “The Holy Spirit in the Petrine Epistles,” in Keith Warrington, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, London: SPCK, pp 238 – 248.
  • Schafroth, Verena (2012) “Learner-Centered Quality Management at Theological Seminaries”,
  • Schafroth, Verena (2010) "Romans 8: The Chapter of the Spirit", Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, Vol. 30, No 1, pp 80 – 90.
  • Schafroth, Verena (2010) "Theological Education by Extension in South Sudan" Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 34, No 2, pp 167 – 175.
  • Schafroth, Verena (2009) "An Exegetical Exploration of ‘Spirit’ references in Ezekiel 36 and 37", Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, Vol. 29, No 2, pp 60 – 76.
  • Schafroth, Verena (2009) "Female Genital Mutilation and the Church in Africa – Problem Analysis and Proposals for Change", Missiology: An International Review, Vol. 37, No 4, pp 527 – 542.

Academic Interests:

Anything to do with culture but particularly the cross-section of where culture meets religion, Issues relating to African church praxis and African Traditional Religion.


Verena grew up in Germany as the youngest of three sisters in a non-Christian family. She was introduced to Christ through a friend at a local evangelical church in her teenage years and soon after felt the call into overseas missions. She loves reading, playing board games, and having coffee with friends. She is currently in between assignments and resides in Germany.

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