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.



Kendra Short



Hannah Nation, Research Associate

Hannah Nation is the Director of Communications and Content for China Partnership (CP), a ministry working to equip Chinese house church pastors with the gospel of grace. She is currently leading multiple writing projects for CP to bring the developing theology of the Chinese house church to the English-speaking world. Hannah worked for many years in international ministry to Chinese students both in mainland China and the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Covenant College and a Master of Arts in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to the modern Chinese church, Hannah is generally interested in the early history of American missions and the roles of women therein. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 




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