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Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity

Recognising his multiple contributions to the establishment of World Christianity as an academic discipline, Hope conferred on him in 2012 an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

His missionary experiences in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, his teaching experiences at the universities in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and in many other Euro-American, African and Asian institutions of higher learning, and his lectures in mission conferences in numerous countries, shaped his perception and interpretation of Christianity. 

The Centre contains invaluable resources for anyone engaged in the study of Christian history, thought and life in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, and in the overseas Diasporas from those continents. It also serves the general field of mission studies and mission history. Most of these resource materials were collected by Professor Walls over the course of five decades in the field.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Professor Andrew Walls (1928 - 2021)

We are very sad to announce that Andrew Walls, Professor of the History of Missions, died on 12 August 2021 in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the age of 93.

His work in the study of World Christianity goes as far back as 1957 when, as a 29 year old Scottish graduate of Oxford University, he went to Africa to teach at the University College of Sierra Leone. He would later, in 1962, move to Nigeria to teach at Nsukka. Four years later, he returned to Scotland, to the University of Aberdeen where he eventually established the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (now known as the Centre for the Study of World Christianity) In 2008, he helped found the Andrew Walls Centre here at Liverpool Hope University by donating resources that form the core of Centre’s collections. He has, over the years, been involved in teaching Masters courses and supervising doctoral scholars.

We continue to pray for his family and friends around the world, especially his wife, Dr. Ingrid Walls, son Andrew, and daughter Christine.

We will miss him greatly.

Please see below for the full tribute to Professor Walls.


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