Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College. She is a part time PhD student at the University of Birmingham researching the impact of Pentecostal theology and ministry on issues of social justice. She has a Masters Degree in Theology, Politics and Faith-based Organisations from King’s College London. Before joining the SMC team Selina worked at the Centre for Theology and Community for four years. Beginning as a participant on the Buxton Leadership Programme, she worked in Parliament and as a community organiser in Brixton. She has since developed the William Seymour Programme focussing on Pentecostal engagement in Community Organising and helped to launch the Congregational Development programme for churches in membership with Citizens UK. She has previous experience working in youth development at Ascension Trust forming a strategy for church responses to youth violence. Selina is originally from Birmingham, and now lives in London with her sister. She enjoys watching US Dramas, listening to 90s RnB and eating her dad’s homemade cakes.
My PhD research focuses on liberation in Pentecostal theology and ministry. I am considering how some of the core emphases of Pentecostalism (sanctification, the Word and power) can be critiqued in the light of liberation theology’s call to ‘set free the oppressed’. I am seeking to form a Pentecostal theology of liberation which takes seriously the need for political action as well as the work of Spirit in the church and in public life.
Pentecostal Power: Discipleship as Political Engagement, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 02 January 2018, Vol.38(1), p.24-38