Alex R. Mayfield Global Christian Historian and Pentecostal Scholar

What I Do

I help students understand the complex, rich, and interconnected history of global Christianity. Working in historical and digital methodologies, my research interests include global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, ecumenism, mission history in Asia, and the development of Chinese Christianity in the modern period.

Education

Doctorate

2021
Received a Ph.D. in World Christian History from Boston University, School of Theology. Exams: Pre-Reformation History, Post-Reformation History, & Missiology.

Masters

2016
Received a M.Div. from Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry.

Bachelors

2007
Received a B.A. from Oral Roberts University with majors in Theological & Historical Studies and Missions.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Forthcoming"Leaping the Digital Gorge: Datasets, Aesthetics, and the China Historical Christian Database," Digital Humanities 數字人文 , xx.
2018"The Question of Power in African Pentecostalism," Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology 3.1, 87-107.
2018"Galleons from the “Mouth of Hell:” Empire and Religion in 17th Century Acapulco," Journal of Early Modern Christianity 5.2, 221-245.
2017"Spiritual Exceptionalism?: An Ethnographic Survey of Transnational Pentecostal Communities in Boston’s Inner Core," Missiology 45.3, 299-321.
2016"Seal of the Spirit: The Sacrament of Confirmation and Pentecostal ‘Spirit Baptism’," Journal of Pentecostal Theology 25.2, 222-241.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming"Arrows Flying to the Five Continents: Hong Kong and Structures of Pentecostal Print Culture, 1907-1942," in The Pentecostal World, ed. Michael Wilkinson and Jörg Haustein, (Routledge), .
Forthcoming"Simon K.H. Chan: A Pentecostal Theologian of the Church," in Voices of the Spirit, ed. David Bradnick, (Wipf and Stock), xx.
Forthcoming"Shanghai Brothels, Spirit Baptisms: The Door of Hope Women as a Source for Pentecostal Ressourcement," in Sisters, Mothers, Daughters: Pentecostal Perspectives on Violence Against Women, ed. Michael Palmer, Mark Cartledge, Kimberly Alexander, and Melissa Archer, (Leiden: Brill), xx.

Book Reviews

2021Amos Yong, Mission After Pentecost: The Witness of the Spirit from Genesis to Revelation, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019), xx.
2020Joel Cabrita, David Maxwell and Emma Wild-Wood, eds., Relocating World Christianity: Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of the Christian Faith, (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 102.
2019Melissa Wei-tsing Inouye, China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church, (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018), 336-338.
2017Margaret English de Alminana and Lois E. Olena, eds., Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing a Dialogue on Gender, Church, and Ministry, (Leiden: Brill, 2016), online.

Encylopedia Articles

2020"Messianic Age | World Christianity," in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, ed. Christine Helmer, Steven L MacKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric Jozef Ziolkowski, (Boston: De Gruyter, 2017-2020), online.

Digital Projects

Principal Investigator
Since 2018

Digital Architect & Technical Advisor
Since 2017

Digital Architect & Technical Advisor
Since 2017

Digital Architect
2019

Ministry Experience

Since 2017Representative of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of the United States, Bismarck, ND.
Since 2014Teaching Pastor, Reunion Christian Church, Somerville, MA.
Since 2014Licensed Minister, International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Teaching & Research Experience

Since 2021Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Boston University
2017-21Graduate Teaching Fellow, Boston University School of Theology
  • Introduction to Christian Traditions (lecture with discussion)
  • Christianity Engaging Modernity (lecture with discussion)
  • Introduction to Christian Mission (lecture)
  • Church Renewal (seminar)
  • Evangelism and Contemporary Cultures (lecture)
2013-14Research Assistant, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Spanish-language research into Catholic pastoral theology

Scholarships & Awards

2016-21Ph.D. Fellowship, Boston University School of Theology
2019Springboard Funding, Boston University School of Theology
2018Research Incubation Award, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing Science & Engineering, Boston University
2016Young Scholars Best Student Paper Award, Society of Pentecostal Studies
2016Best Paper, Annual Orlando E. Costas Consultation on World Mission & Ecumenism
2013-16Weston Jesuit Tuition Remission Fellowship, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Conference Presentations

Upcoming"Printing Pentecost in Hong Kong: Winners and Losers in the Transnational Pentecostal Print Culture, 1907-1942," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
Upcoming"Arrows Flying to the Five Continents: Hong Kong and the Structures of Pentecostal Print Culture, 1907-1942," Yale-Edinburgh Conference.
Upcoming"A Pentecostal Prisoner of War: Resistance and Obedience in Occupied Shanghai," Annual Meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission.
2021"Shanghai Brothels, Spirit Baptisms: Pentecostal Women at The Door Of Hope as a Source of Theological Resourcement," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
2021"Comparative Pentecostal and Asian Embodied Philosophy, co-panelist with Enoch Charles and Amos Yong," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
2020"Local and Transnational Relationships of Pentecostals in Hong Kong (1907-1942): A Social Network Analysis," Mapping Christianity in China, 1550-1950 - Developing Relational and Geospatial Tools for the Study of Christianity in China.
2019"What's So Global about Pentecostalism?: Mapping the Pentecostal Network of Hong Kong, 1907-1941," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
2018"'Time Would Fail to Tell of Heroic Sister Dean:' Hong Kong’s Anna M. Dean and the Progressive Pentecostal Myth," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
2017"'A Gloriously Free Work:' Pentecostal POWs and Spirit-filled Resistance," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
2016"Seal of the Spirit: The Sacrament of Confirmation and Pentecostal 'Spirit Baptism'," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Service to Profession

Since 2020Managing Editor, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies
2018-2020Student Director, New England-Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion

Professional Affiliations

Since 2017American Academy of Religion
Since 2014Society of Pentecostal Studies