KEDS is a non-denominational Higher Education provider of innovative and competitively-priced online courses in theology. We specialise in biblical studies, particularly hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), Evangelical theology and Jewish-Christian studies.

Our BTh, MA and Graduate Diploma degrees are validated by the University of Chester. We also offer short courses in the Bible, theology and ministry.

KEDS is a confessional school, with tutors and students from across the Evangelical spectrum. We are also international in context, with around half of faculty from outside the UK and some 40% of online students residing overseas. 


  • PhD (Theology), University of Birmingham
  • MA (History), University of Wolverhampton
  • BEd (Modern Languages), University of Wolverhampton
  • Diploma (Theology and Biblical Studies), Birmingham Bible Institute


  • Principal and Tutor in Theology, KEDS
  • Founding Editor, Evangelical Review of Theology and Politics
  • Consulting editor, Pneuma: The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
  • Consulting editor and contributor, Brill's Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Series
  • Member of the Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge

Selected Publications

Smith, Calvin L. 2016. History, Nature and Challenges of Spanish Pentecostalism. In Vinson Synan, Amos Yong & Miguel Álvarez (eds). Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future. Vol. III: Latin America. Lake Mary, Fla.: Charisma House Publishers.

Smith, Calvin L. 2015. Revivalism as Revolutionary, Reactionary or Remote? Political Heterogeneity Among Sandinista Nicaragua’s Pentecostals. In Néstor Medina & Sammy Alfaro (eds). Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino Communities. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Smith, Calvin L. 2015. Cuba’s New Revolution: From Religious Apathy to Pentecostal Revival. In Vinson Synan, Amos Yong & Miguel Álvarez (eds). Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future. Vol. II: Latin America. Lake Mary, Fla.: Charisma House Publishers

Smith, Calvin L. 2014. The Politics and Economics of Global Pentecostalism: A Global Survey. In Amos Yong & Cecil M. Robeck Jr (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Smith, Calvin L. (ed) 2013. The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: New Revised and Expanded Edition (Editor). Broadstairs: King's Divinity Press

Smith, Calvin L. (ed) 2011. Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism. Leiden and Boston: Brill

Smith, Calvin L. 2009. Pentecostal Presence, Power and Politics in Latin America.  Journal of Beliefs and Values 30.3

Smith, Calvin L. 2008. Revolutionaries and Revivalists: Pentecostal Eschatology, Politics, and the Nicaraguan Revolution. Pneuma: Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 30.1

Smith, Calvin L. 2007. Revolution, Revival, and Religious Conflict in Sandinista Nicaragua. Religion in the Americas series. Leiden and Boston: Brill

Teaching and Research Interests

Biblical theology, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism (Latin American Pentecostalism, Pentecostals and power, economics), the Church and Israel (supersessionism, Christian responses to the State of Israel and Christianity in the Holy Land)

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