Grad Profiles

Creighton Coleman

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture; Expected Completion - May 2023)
    • Advisor: Charles Mathewes
  • St. Louis University - MA Theological Studies
    • Advisor: Rubén Rosario Rodríguez
  • Biola University - MA with Highest Honors, Christian Apologetics
  • Wichita State University - BA cum laude, Political Science


From Contempt to Encounter: Pentecostal Politics and the Tensions of Public Life

Research Interests

Democracy and Religion, Christian Ethics, Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology, the Holy Spirit, Nigeria, Whiteness

Comprehensive Exams

Islamic Ethics; Social, Moral, and Political Thought; Religion and Law; Christian Theology: Pneumatology from the Reformation Onwards; Christian Ethics.

Publications and Presentations

“Racial Segregation and Whiteness in Pentecostal Studies,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (Costa Mesa, CA)    

“The Segregated Spirit: The effects of racial segregation on the formation of White Pentecostalism,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (Costa Mesa, CA; moved to online due to Covid-19), 2020    

Review of Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria, by Ebenezer Obadare, Political Theology 21, no. 8 (2020): 749-750,

 “Pentecostal Realism: Power and the Potential for a Pentecostal Poltical Liberalism.” To be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (Costa Mesa, CA), 2020.

“Deliberating in Tongues: A Pentecostal Contribution to Deliberative Democracy.” Annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (College Park, MD), 2019.

“What Hath Loyola to do with Azusa Street?: Ignatian Themes in Amos Yong’s Theology of World Religions.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 27.1 (2018), 91-114. 

Response to Luke Bretherton’s Christ and the Common Life, book manuscript workshop, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), 2018.