Diploma in Theology, Zomba Theological College, M.Div., Seminary of the Southwest, Diploma in Community Work, Birmingham University, Ph.D., University of Malawi


James Tengatenga has been a clergyman in the Anglican Church since 1985. He has a diploma in theology from Zomba Theological College, Malawi; an M.Div. from the Seminary of the Southwest, Texas; a diploma in community work from Birmingham University, UK; and a Ph.D. from the University of Malawi. He has three D.D.s (honoris causa) from the Seminary of the Southwest, General Seminary, and the Episcopal Divinity School. He has had visiting fellowships at Clare College Cambridge, UK (2002); General Seminary (2004) and the Episcopal Divinity School (2014). He is a recipient of the Cross of St. Augustine from Lambeth Palace and was honored by the Secretary of State of Texas in 2006 as an Honorary Texan.

Tengatenga has worked as a parish priest, diocesan youth worker, and diocesan training chaplain in Malawi. After eight years of parish ministry he joined the faculty of Zomba Theological College where he taught theology, church history, pastoral counseling, homiletics, and New Testament Greek before joining the University of Malawi as a lecturer in theology and Church history in the department of theology and religious studies. From 1998 to 2013 he was the bishop of the Anglican Diocesan of Southern Malawi, adjunct lecturer in Anglican studies at Leonard Kamungu Theological College, and external examiner in the Masters Program of the department of theology and religious studies at the Mzuzu University.

In the Councils of the Church, he has been a member of the Anglican Consultative Council since 2002 and is its current chair since 2009. He is the president of the Anglican Family Network. He has served as chair of the Anglican Council in Malawi twice and chair of the Malawi Council of Churches. He has also served as a member of the Inter-Anglican Commission for Ecumenical Relations. Tengatenga has been on the board of the Foundation of St. Georges College, Jerusalem, and Zomba Theological College. Until recently he has been vice chair of the Malawi National Examination Board. He was also a founding member of the Malawi National AIDS Commission. He has until recently chaired the Public Affairs Committee (the most influential multi-faith civil society body in Malawi). He also served for a number of years in the Steering Committee of the Pan-African Civil Educators Network and is a visiting facilitator at the Grail Centre’s (South Africa) Training for Transformation training courses.

Tengatenga has contributed chapters to several books and given talks and lectures in many places. He has authored one book, Church State and Society in Malawi (2006); co-authored an HIV/AIDS training manual, Time to Talks (2006) with the Rev Dr. Anne Bailey, and has edited The UMCA in Malawi: A History of the Anglican Church (2010). He is on the editorial board of two journals: the Journal of Anglican Studies (Cambridge university Press) and Modern Believing (Liverpool University Press) and is a regular reviewer of articles for the Journal of Theology in Southern Africa and the Journal of Gender Relations in Africa. His other fields of interest are post-colonial theory, African traditional religions and, race, and ethnicity studies.