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Dr John Maiden

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Professional biography

I have been based in the Religious Studies at the Open University, where I am currently Head of Department, since 2012. My teaching and research expertise is modern religious history. I am currently an academic participant on two work packages for the Horizon 2020 project 'Religions Toleration and Peace ( )'. I was previously co-investigator for the  AHRC-funded and Times Higher Education award-nominated public engagement project 'Building on History: Religion in London' between 2012 and 2014. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society,  and committee member for the Religious Archives Group. I  co-convene the Modern Religious History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. I am a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the American Society of Church History.

Research interests

My research and supervision interests are twentieth century evanglical and charismatic Christianity in local, national and transnational context. I have been involved in research projects funded by Horizon 2020; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Santander Universities; and The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.

I am currently writing a monograph for Oxford University Press, to be published in 2021, entitled: Age of the Spirit: a global history of charismatic renewal, 1945-1980. Other research and supervision interests are:

  • Religious, place and space in post-1945 Britain
  • Christianity, 'race' and anti-racism
  • Protestant anti-Catholicism

Previous and existing PhD supervision topics include:

Philanthropy and Secularisation: the funding of Anglican religious voluntary organisations, 1856 to 1914

"Bash camp" and the leadership of the English evangelical movement, 1930-90



'A New Nonconformity: Ethnicity, Evangelicalism and Ecumenism, c. 1952-1985' in David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones, eds., Evangelicalism and Dissent in Modern England and Wales. (Routledge, 2020).

'City, Portal and Hub: Brisbane and Catholic Charismatic Renewal' in Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, eds., Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins. (Brill, 2020).

'The emergence of Catholic Charismatic Renewal ‘in a country’: Australia and transnational Catholic Charismatic Renewal'. Studies in World Christianity. Volume 25 Issue 3, Page 274-296,

‘"Race", black majority churches and the rise of ecumenical multiculturalism in the 1970s.' Twentieth Century British History.Volume 30, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages 531–556.

'Evangelicals and Rome' in Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones eds., Ashgate Research Companion to Evangelicalism (London, 2018).

'Renewing the body of Christ: Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) USA and transnational charismatic Anglicanism, 1978-1998', Journal of American Studies (special edition 'Exploring the Global History of American Evangelicalism'), November 2017 , pp. 1243-1266

‘The Prayer Book Controversy’ in P. Nockles et al, The Oxford Handbook to the Oxford Movement (Oxford, forthcoming, 2017).

'Integrating Historical Research and Contemporary Religion: the Building on History projects' in Linda Woodhead (ed.), Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion: Research in Practice (Oxford, forthcoming).

'"What could be more Christian than to allow the Sikhs to use it?" Church Redundancy and Minority Religion in Bedford, 1977-78', Christians and Religious Plurality, Studies in Church History Vol 51 (Woodbridge, 2015).

(Co-edited with Andrew Atherstone) Anglican Evangelicals in the Church of England in the Twentieth Century, Studies in Modern British Religious History (Woodbridge, 2014).

‘Fundamentalism and Anti-Catholicism in Interwar English Evangelicalism’ in David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones (eds.), Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism: The Experience of the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2013).

'Watson, David Christopher Knight (1933-1984), Church of England clergyman, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, January 2013. 

‘Parliament, the Church of England and the last gasp of political Protestantism, 1963-64’, Parliamentary History, 32/1 (2013), pp. 361-377.

'Confronting Rome: Martin Lloyd-Jones, British Evangelicalism and Catholicism' in David Ceri Jones and Andrew Atherstone (eds.), Martin Lloyd-Jones: Life and Legacy (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2011).

National Religion and the Prayer Book Controversy, 1927-28 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2009).

‘English Evangelicals, Protestant National Identity and Anglican Prayer Book Revision, 1927-28’, Journal of Religious History, 34/4 (2010), pp. 430-445.

‘Discipline and Comprehensiveness: Anglican Prayer Book Revision in the 1920s’, Studies in Church History, Vol. 43 (2007), pp. 377-87.

See also Open Research Online for further details of my research publications.

Teaching interests

I am currently on the Module Team for A113: Revolutions.

I was previously Module Production Chair for A227 (Exploring Religion: Places, Practices, Texts and Experiences), which will have its first presentation in October 2017. I am also on the team producing Level 1 Arts  and Social Sciences modules. I have previously taught on:

AA307 Religion in History: Conflict, Conversion and Co-existence and a member of the course teams for:

AA100 The Arts Past and Present

A217 From Enlightenment to Romanticism, c 1780-1830

Impact and engagement

I have worked alongside a range of religious organisations and institutions (including various Church of England dioceses, the New Testament Church of God and London Boroughs Faiths Network) and schools on historical projects.

I am currently involved in two work packages for the Horizon 2020 project RETOPEA (Religious, Toleration and Peace)

I was Co-I for the pioneering AHRC-funded 'Building on History: Religion in London' project (2012-2014). Before this I was research associate for 'Building on History: Religion in London'.

Download the project report on the earlier Building on History: Church in London project [PDF, 11.4 MB]

Externally funded projects

Transnational charismatic renewal and the Anglican Communion, c. 1960-1978
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Aug 201531 Jul 2016THSEC The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church

Grants from both Santander Universities and The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church have supported research on the history of the charismatic ‘renewal’ from a transnational perspective. This movement had from its early stages networks, practices and experiences which transcended national boundaries. The project will eventually result in a research monograph which assesses charismatic renewal from a transnational perspective; examining its sense of global consciousness and its various multi-directional and ‘cosmopolitan’ linkages and flows of leaderships, ideas, key texts, resources, materiality and music. Funds from THSEC have facilitated an archival research visit to the David Allan Hubbard Library, Fuller Theological Seminary, California.