EPTA Leadership


Dr Simo Frestadius

Simo (PhD, University of Birmingham) is the Dean of Research and Executive Director of the Institute for Pentecostal Theology at Regents Theological College, UK. He is also an ordained minister in the Elim Pentecostal Church. His teaching and research focuses on Pentecostal theology, philosophical/constructive theology, public theology, and philosophy of religion. He has published Pentecostal Rationality: Epistemology and Theological Hermeneutics in the Foursquare Tradition (2020 Bloomsbury T&T Clark), as well as a few academic articles. Simo is originally from Finland, although he spent most of his childhood in Tanzania. He is married to Caroline and they have two children.

Simo has been serving as the Chair of EPTA since July 2020 and before that he was the association’s Vice Chair. He believes that EPTA can play an important role in supporting individuals and institutions across Europe and further afield in doing Pentecostal theology for the benefit of the church, academy and wider society.  

Vice Chair

Pastor Marc Declaudure

Marc has been the Vice Chair of EPTA since July 2021. Marc is from France and is married to Victoria who is British. They have two adult daughters and have served together full time in pastoral ministry since 2004 in the ADD (French AoG). Marc and Victoria currently lead a team in a local church network around Angers (western France). Previously, Marc was as a programmer in the automotive industry. He has a Master’s degree in Theology (FLTE Vaux/Seine). He serves in the ADD as regional superintendent and as a member of the national board. He is also a member of the board of the ITB (theological institute of the ADD). Marc and Victoria are also both in the national task force for the training of ADD pastors, and involved actively in a French speaking Pentecostal theological group. Furthermore, he represents Pentecostals in an evangelical working group on pastoral training, and in the evangelical-catholic dialogue group.

JPCC Editor

Prof. Wolfgang Vondey

Wolfgang (PhD, Marquette University), originally from Germany, is Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where he also directs the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. He has taught for twenty years in America, most recently at Regent University, where he founded and directed the Center for Renewal Studies. His research focuses on systematic and constructive theological themes through the lens of Pentecostalism, including interests in religion, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and the intersection of theology and the sciences. He is co-editor of the series, Christianity and Renewal-Interdisciplinary Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), and of Systematic Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology (Bloomsbury). His most recent books include The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology (2020 Routledge), Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel (2017 Bloomsbury T&T Clark) – which won the Pneuma Award of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 2018 – as well as Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (2013 Bloomsbury T&T Clark), 2 volumes of Pentecostalism and Christian Unity (2013 and 2010 Pickwick), and Beyond Pentecostalism: The Crisis of Global Christianity and the Renewal of the Theological Agenda (2010 Eerdmans).


Dr Bob Welch

Originally an atheist, and chemistry major about to graduate from Fresno State University in California, USA, Bob turned to Christ in 1977 and entered Biblical studies at California Christian College, finishing his B.S. in Biblical Languages in 1981. Soon thereafter, he prepared with Assemblies of God World Missions USA to become a foreign missionary planting new pioneer churches in Japan as well as spearheading evangelism after the 1995 Kobe earthquake and leading the Missionary Field Fellowship. After three churches were planted (over a twenty-year span), and along with his wife Karen, Bob sought a Master’s degree in the UK at Mattersey Hall, graduating in 2006. Feeling deeply the need to leave Japan to transfer to Europe, Bob began doctoral work with his supervisor Dr Jenny Read-Heimerdinger at Bangor University, Wales, and finished with a PhD in 2015, focusing on textual critical studies in the Greek manuscript of Codex Bezae in the Gospel of Luke. Now a professor of New Testament and Chair of Practical Theology at Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium, Bob continues to give presentations at conferences such as CTS Colloquiums, SPS Conferences, and EPTA, as well as teaching on the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at CTS from 2009 to present. Various articles are now published as well as specific studies in the Bezan text with more planned for the future.

Further Executive Member

Revd Phyllis Thompson

Phyllis has been on the EPTA executive since 2011. She currently co-ordinates the New Testament Church of God Heritage Centre located in Northampton, England. She was the Education Director for her denomination in England and Wales from 2007 -2018. Prior to this role, Phyllis served her Church as Associate Pastor at Mile End Church, where she led the small group ministry. She has over 30 years’ experience in education, specifically Christian education, adult and development education and in this capacity has developed and facilitated training programmes for trainers in community, further and higher education in the UK and Europe. Phyllis is a published writer. Recent publications include her contributions to Skin Deep (Seymour Press 2021) and Faith of our Fathers (Pathway Press 2009). She has edited the books Challenges of Pentecostal Theology in the 21st Century (SPCK 2020) and Challenges of Black Pentecostal Leadership in the 21st Century (SPCK 2013).