Appointed. Paul Bendor-Samuel as executive director of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). After a period as executive director designate, he will replace Wonsuk Ma, who has been the center’s director for a decade, effective August 1, 2016.
Bendor-Samuel, 57, was international director of Interserve for twelve years (2003–15) and executive director (1995–2002) of ACT (the Association for Cooperation in Tunisia), Tunis. Prior to that he was a primary health care practitioner and team leader in southern Tunisia (1990–95) and a medical and surgical general practitioner in south Wales (1983–87). In 2000, Queen Elizabeth appointed Bendor-Samuel, who is British, to the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Prior to his appointment at OCMS, Korean Pentecostal mission scholar Wonsuk Ma was academic dean of the Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City, Philippines. He was founder of the Asian Pentecostal Society, the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies and the Journal of Asian Mission. He wrote or edited seven books on the Old Testament and Pentecostalism.