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Honorary Research Fellow

Revd Dr Ian Randall

MA (Aberdeen), MPhil (LBC), PhD (Wales)

Dr Randall is a Baptist minister who has taught and served as Deputy Principal at Spurgeon's College London. From 1999 - 2002 Dr Randall was Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies at IBTS Prague. In 2017 he delivered the IBTSC Hughey Lectures on the theme of Baptist and Anabaptist Peace Witness between the First and Second World Wars. Dr Randall has supervised around 30 successful PhDs, the majority at IBTS Prague. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at IBTS and Research Associate of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. 

Research Interests

"My research interests are in the field of evangelical history, renewal, expressions of Christian community, and world Christianity and mission." 


Evangelical Experiences: A Study in the Spirituality of English Evangelicalism, 1918-1939 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1999)

Educating Evangelicalism: The Origins, Development and Impact of London Bible College (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000)

Transforming Keswick (Carlisle: Paternoster/OM, 2000) – with Charles Price

One Body in Christ: The History and Significance of the Evangelical Alliance (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2001), with David Hilborn.

More than a Methodist: The Life and Ministry of Donald English (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003), with Brian Hoare

Spirituality and Social Change: The Contribution of F B Meyer (1847-1929) (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003).       

The English Baptists of the Twentieth Century (Didcot: Baptist Historical Society, 2005)

A School of the Prophets: 150 Years of Spurgeon’s College (London: Spurgeon’s College, 2005)

What a Friend we have in Jesus (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005)

Spiritual Revolution: The Story of OM (Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2008)

Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe (Prague: European Baptist Federation, 2009)

Rhythms of Revival: The Spiritual Awakening of 1857-1863 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2010)

A Christian Peace Experiment: The Bruderhof Community in Britain, 1933-1942 (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018)

Love@Work: 100 Years of the Industrial Christian Fellowship (London: DLT, 2020), with Phil Jump and John Weaver


‘Methodist Spirituality’, in W. Gibson, P. Forsaith and M. Wellings, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 289-306.

‘Henry Martyn (1781-1812) and the Baptists in India: An Ecumenical Vision?’, Baptist Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 87-113. 

‘Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Methodist Spirituality’, Wesley and Methodist Studies, Vol. 5 (2013), pp. 97-122.

‘A Believing Church: Baptist Perspectives on Anabaptism’, Baptistic Theologies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 16-34.

‘ “Ye men of Plymouth”: C.H. Spurgeon and the Brethren’, in T. Grass, ed., Witness in Many Lands (Troon: Brethren Archivists & Historians Network, 2013), pp. 73-90.

‘Billy Graham, Evangelism and Fundamentalism’, in D.W. Bebbington and David Ceri Jones, eds., Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 173-91.

‘Nonconformists and Overseas Mission’, in Robert Pope, ed., T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013), pp. 381-406.

‘Church Renewal 150 Years Ago’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2014), pp. 13-30.

 ‘Methodists and Moravians: The Shaping of Evangelical Spirituality’, in J.W. Cunningham and David Rainey, eds., The Path of Holiness: Perspectives in Wesleyan Thought in Honor of Herbert B. McGonigle (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2014), pp. 43-59.

‘The Keswick Convention and Anglican Evangelical Tensions in the Early Twentieth Century’, in Andrew Atherstone and John Maiden, eds., Evangelicalism and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2014), pp. 89-108.

‘“The living presence of Christ”: Charles Raven (1885-1964), a missional theologian’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (2014), pp. 5-23.  

‘Baptists and the First World War: The Place of Pacifism’, in Larry J. Kreitzer, ed., ‘Step into your Place’: The First World War and Baptist Life and Thought (Oxford: Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2014), pp. 21-39.

‘C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892): A Lover of France’, European Journal of Theology, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2015), pp. 57-65.

‘Evangelical Spirituality, Science, and Mission: A Study of Charles Raven (1885-1964), Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University’, in Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 84, No. 1 (2015), pp. 20-48.


‘The East African Revival and British Evangelical Spirituality, from the 1930s to the 1950s’, in A.R. Cross. P.J. Morden and I.M. Randall, eds, Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals and the Modern World in Honour of David Bebbington (London and Didcot: Spurgeon’s College and the Baptist Historical Society, 2015), pp. 255-77.

 ‘The Story of the World Evangelical Alliance’, in Brian C. Stiller, et. al., Evangelicals Around the World (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2015), pp. 210-17.

‘Revival, Evangelism and Diakonia: A Study of Revival in Britain, 1857-1863’, in Rose Dowsett, et. al., Evangelism and Diakonia in Context (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2016), pp. 259-72.

‘Incarnating the Gospel: Socio-Political Activity in the Ministry of F.B. Meyer, Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 2016), pp. 292-313.

‘Early Moravian Spirituality and Missionary Vision’, Wesley and Methodist Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2017), pp. 123-40.

‘Baptists’ [in Britain and Ireland], in Timothy Larsen and Michael Ledger-Lomas, eds., The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Movements, Vol. III: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford: OUP, 2017), pp. 57-78.

‘“Followers of the Cross”: Baptists and the Early Fellowship of Reconciliation’, in Paul Fiddes, ed., ‘A World-Order of Love’: Baptists and the Peace Movements of 1914 (Oxford: Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2017), pp. 31-53.

‘English Baptists and the Peace Movement: from World War I to World War II’, and ‘An Anabaptist Witness: The Bruderhof Community’, in Baptistic Theologies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Autumn 2017), pp. 1-18 and 19-36.

‘“All War is Contrary to the Mind of Christ”: The Bible and the Fellowship of Reconciliation’, Journal of the Bible and its Reception, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2017), pp. 225-46.

‘Charles Raven (1885-1964): Professor of Divinity and Promoter of Science’, Science and Christian Belief, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2018), pp. 57-70.

‘Emmanuel Congregational Church, Cambridge, 1874-1924: A “Representative Church”?’, Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, Vol. 10, No. 2 (May 2018), pp. 73-93.

‘Wilfred James Wiseman (1891-1970): The Bible Society and the Brethren’, in Neil Dickson and T.J. Marinello, eds., Bible and Theology in the Brethren (Glasgow: Brethren Archivists & Historians Network, 2018), pp. 115-31.


‘Epiphany: The One Who is Revealed’, in Andy Goodliff and Paul W. Goodliff, eds., Rhythms of Faithfulness: Essays in Honor of John E. Colwell (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018), pp. 112-27.

‘“That the progress of the Word be not hindered”: William Nicolson and the British and Foreign Bible Society in Russia, 1869-1897’, Baptistic Theologies, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Autumn 2018), pp. 22-40.  

With Toivo Pilli, ‘Free Church Traditions in Twentieth-Century Europe’, in Jehu J. Hanciles, ed., The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Movements, Vol. IV: The Twentieth Century Traditions in a Global Context (Oxford: OUP, 2019), pp. 261-91.

‘“The most important questions of philosophy and science”: The early years of the Victoria Institute’, Faith and Thought, No. 66 (April 2019), pp. 3-24.

‘“I felt bound to receive all true Christians as brethren”: The expansive ecclesiology of Andrew Jukes (1815-1901)’, in Neil Dickson and T.J. Marinello, eds., The Brethren and the Church (Glasgow: BAHN, 2020), pp. 47-62.

‘John Melville in Odessa: Bible-Related Outreach, 1840s to 1860s’, in Joshua Searle, et al, eds., Encountering the Mystery: Essays in Honor of Sergii V. Sannikov (Odessa: Theological Seminary, 2020), pp. 113-122.

‘Baptist Students in Cambridge: Denominational and ecumenical identities, from the 1920s to the 1940s’, in Alexander Chow and Emma Wild-Wood, eds., Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity (Leiden: Brill, 2020), pp. 144-161.

 ‘“Couldn’t it happen in Switzerland?”, The East African Revival and Swiss Church Life  in the 1940s and 1950s’, European Journal of Theology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2021) pp. 119–141.

‘Baptist Students and “Spiritual Dynamics”: The Robert Hall Society in Cambridge, 1950s-1980s’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2021), pp. 157-76.

Richard Minter (1905-1997) and the Caribbean, Cambridgeshire Association for Local History Bulletin, September 2021, pp. 13-19.

‘Florence Allshorn (1887-1950) and St Julian’s’, Fulcrum, October 2021, online.

‘Mission and Unity: The Contribution of Alan Gordon MacLeod (1911-1984’, The Journal of the United Church History Society, Vol. 10, No. 9 (November 2021), pp. 481-99.

Book Chapters

Quest, Crusade and Fellowship: The Spiritual Formation of the Fellowship of the Kingdom (Horsham: Fellowship of the Kingdom, 1995)

Called to One Hope: 150 years of the Evangelical Alliance (1996)

‘Entire Devotion to God’: Wesleyan Holiness and British Overseas Mission in the early Twentieth Century (Ilkeston: Wesley Fellowship, 1998)

Pathway of Power: Keswick and the Reshaping of Wesleyan Holiness (Ilkeston: Wesley Fellowship, 1999)

Edited, Baptists and the Orthodox Church: On the way to understanding (Prague: IBTS, 2003)

The Bible is Central: Cliff College and the Evangelical Tradition (Weston-Super-Mare: The Flame Trust, 2006), 36 pages.

Edited, with T. Pilli and A.R. Cross, Baptist Identities: Studies in Baptist History and Thought, Vol. 19 (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2006)

Edited, with A.R. Cross, Baptists and Mission (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007), 327 pages.

Edited, with K. G. Jones, Counter-Cultural Communities: Baptistic Life in Twentieth-Century Europe (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008), 366 pages. 

One of the editors and a contributor of 30 entries to J.H.Y. Briggs, ed., A Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009)

Conscientious Conviction’: Joseph Angus (1816-1902) and Nineteenth-Century Baptist Life (Oxford: Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2010), 26 pages.

Baptists, the Gospel and Freedom of Conscience (50th Anniversary Lecture of the SBHS (Dunstable, 2012), 30 pages.

Religious Liberty in Continental Europe: Campaigning by British Baptists, 1840s-1930s (Oxford: Whitley Publications, 2012), 30 pages.

‘Church community is a gift of the Holy Spirit’: The spirituality of the Bruderhof     community (Oxford: Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2014), 53 pages.

The Cambridge Seventy: A Missionary Movement in Twentieth-Century Britain (Cambridge: CCCW, 2016), 80 pages.

Cambridge Students and Christianity Worldwide: Insights from the 1960s (Cambridge: CCCW, 2019), 80 pages.

A Kind of Upside-Downness: Learning Disabilities and Transformational Community, edited with David F. Ford and Deborah Hardy Ford (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2020), 232 pages.

Exchange of Gifts: The Vision of Simon Barrington-Ward, edited with Graham Kings (Edinburgh: Ekklesia, 2022), 219 pages.

Memberships & Networks

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

Other Activities

2017          Hughey Lectures, IBTSC, Amsterdam, on ‘Baptist and Anabaptist Peace Witness in England, from WWI to WWII’.         

2017          Paper on ‘The Bible and the Fellowship of Reconciliation’: Conference in St John’s, Cambridge, on the Book and the Sword, The Bible and WWI.

2017          Paper on the Bruderhof and the Radical Reformation: Tyndale Fellowship

2017          Paper on Andrew Jukes: Brethren History Conference, Maynooth, Ireland

2017          Annual Lecture of Anabaptist Studies Centre, Bristol

2018          Paper on Bruderhof Community at Spurgeon’s College

2018          Paper on the Bible Society in Russia at a conference at IBTSC, Amsterdam

2018          Paper on the history of the Victoria Institute, London  

2019          Paper on the Robert Hall Society, at Baptist Historical Society conference, Birmingham.