The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil.

The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D, D.Phil. joined the Virginia Theological Seminary in Fall 2013. He serves as the director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and associate professor of Christian mission at VTS. As director, Heaney ensures the center’s continued support of theological education; the engagement of Anglican leaders and scholars in study, research and conversation; and interreligious dynamics across the Communion.

Heaney received a Ph.D. from Dublin’s Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in 2003. In 2010, he accepted a post in Tanzania while researching African and Postcolonial theology for a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford, which he successfully completed in the summer of 2013. Heaney also received a Master’s of Theology in 2006 from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in theology in 1998 from the London School of Theology.

Since 2010 Heaney has served as the first-ever director of Postgraduate Research and Studies at St. John’s University of Tanzania, where he is also a senior lecturer in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. He has taught courses on Anglicanism, missiology, post-colonial theology, philosophical theology, and African and global theology. In addition to those areas, his research interests also include ethics of mission, global Christianity, and liberal/progressive/post-colonial evangelicalisms.

He is the author of several journal and book articles, including “Views of Colonization Across the Communion” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion and “Prospects and Problems for Evangelicalisms and Post-colonialisms” in Great Awakenings: Evangelical Engagements with Postcolonialism, both of which are forthcoming. He is the founding editor of Soma: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses and is currently working on a number of book projects.

Heaney was ordained a priest in the Church of Ireland in 2002, and has been active in Anglican parishes in Ireland, England, and Tanzania. He is married to Dr. Sharon Heaney and they have one son, Sam.
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Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice – Available August 24, 2016
by Robert S. Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes

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From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology: The Contribution of John S. Mbiti and Jesse N. K. Mugambi (African Christian Studies)
With a foreword by Christopher Rowland

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