Frank Macchia

Professor of Theology
Editor, PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Areas of Specialization: Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology and Pentecostal Theology.

Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (New York); D. Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland.

Frank D. Macchia is Professor of Christian Theology at Vanguard University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University, Wales, UK, where he guides students earning the PhD in theology. Professor Macchia holds the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (at Columbia University, New York), and the Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He received his doctorate from Basel with “Distinction” and won the Jacob Burckhardt Prize for his dissertation. Recently (2015), he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (Honorary) from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN).

Professor Macchia served as President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and, for more than a decade, as Editor of the Society’s Journal, Pneuma. He was recently (2015) granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His ecumenical work has been both conciliar and bilateral. He served for six years on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and just as long on both the International Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, and the Oneness-Trinitarian Pentecostal conversation (where he chaired the Trinitarian team). He has also offered plenary addresses at various ecumenical venues, including the Ecumenical Institute, Strasbourg, Martin Luther University, Wittenberg, and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (Dusseldorf).

Professor Macchia’s research interests have focused on Pietism (and Karl Barth), ecumenical issues, and several theological loci (most recently, Christology). His books include: Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology (Zondervan, 2006); Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God (Eerdmans, 2010); and The Trinity Practically Speaking (Intervarsity Press, 2011). Most recently, he has authored with John Christopher Thomas the commentary on the Book of Revelation for the Two Horizons Commentary Series (Eerdmans, 2016). He is currently writing a Christology for Eerdmans. In addition to these books, he has published numerous professional papers, articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on a range of theological topics. His articles have appeared in such journals as Theology Today, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Pneuma, and the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He has delivered public lectures and guest lectureships at a number of seminaries and universities in both the US and abroad.

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