Faculty & Staff

Center Affiliates


Bert Hickman



Albert Hickman, Research Associate

Albert W. (Bert) Hickman is the director of research for RUN Ministries in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From 2007–2013 he was a research associate, and from 2013–2017 Senior Research Associate, at the Center for the Study for Global Christianity, where he served as an associate editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity. Hickman will continue to work with the Center as associate editor of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity and in roles including liaison to Finishing the Task and the Community of Mission Information Workers. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, the University of New Mexico, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before coming to the CSGC he worked in the engineering and environmental health fields.



Cindy Wu

Cindy Wu, Research Associate

Cindy M. Wu holds an M.A. in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with a concentration in World Missions and Global Christianity. She co-authored Our Global Families: Christians Embracing a Common Identity in a Changing World with Todd M. Johnson (February 2015). She lives in Houston, TX, where she works in educational administration and as a freelance writer for a spiritual transformation ministry. She is also involved in creative social justice advocacy in the Houston community. 



Kenneth Ross

Kenneth R. Ross, PhD, Research Associate

Kenneth R. Ross serves as parish minister at Netherlorn in Argyll, Scotland, chairs the Scotland Malawi Partnership and is an Honorary Fellow at the Edinburgh University School of Divinity. He has earlier served as Professor of Theology at the University of Malawi and as General Secretary of the Church of Scotland Board of World Mission. He co-edited the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). His recent publications include Malawi and Scotland: Together in the Talking Place since 1859 (Mzuni Press, 2013) and Roots and Fruits: Retrieving Scotland’s Missionary Story (Regnum, 2014). His work with the Center is focused on co-editing the “Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity” – a series of books being prepared for publication with Edinburgh University Press.Enter your content here.



Kendra Short



Kendra Short, Research Associate

Serving with International Teams in Athens, Greece, Kendra works under the 2nd Evangelical Church of Athens to engage in holistic ministry to the homeless and refugee community in the inner-city. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Her interests include social justice, existentialism, and the intersection of theology and practical ministry in both the local and global spheres. She works as the photo editor for the third edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia.


Kendra Short

Nathan Womack, Research Associate

Nathan is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.  He earned a masters degree in biblical studies from The King's University in Southlake, TX.  Nathan is also on staff with Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, CA and has been there since 2007.   In addition, he serves on the board of Well of Healing Mobile Medical Clinic, which is a non-profit organization that provides free primary health care to underserved individuals and families in San Bernardino County.  Nathan lives in Upland, CA with his wife, Ashley. 




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