School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Roderick Hewitt

Roderick Hewitt

Honorary Professor

Discipline Theology


Contact Number 033-260-6273

Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address New Arts Building, 108B

External Research Profile

Degrees Held

  • Diploma in Theology (1973-1976). United Theological College of The West indies
  • BA (Hons) Theology (1974-77). University of the West Indies
  • MPhil Systematic Theology (1994-1995). Kings College, University of London
  • PhD Systematic Theology (1997-2001). Kings College, University of London

  • BA (Hons) (UWI)
  • MPhil, 
  • PhD (Kings College-University of London)

Research Interests

  • Ecumenical Theology
  • Missiology,
  • African Theologies in the Diaspora
  • Religion and Culture




Research Support

  • My major research work over the past two years was to complete the publication of my new Book “Church and Culture” which was completed in December 2012
  • Between 2012/2013 I worked with an international group of scholar to develop a text for the WCC with a Practical Guide which was made launched in Geneva and over 3000 copies shared with delegates at the recent WCC Assembly in Korea (October 28-November 8)
  • My current research is another Book on “Developing Missional Congregations” to be published end of 2016


Since my arrival in South Africa 2010, I have developed and taught Ecumenical Perspectives and Missiology and African Theologies in the Diaspora

I have ensured that Ecumenical perspectives on Wealth, Poverty an Ecology and brought to bear on some the courses

  • Through my involvement with the WCC, I have ensured that our Post-graduate students are exposed to the latest developments in ecumenical and missiological debates
  • I have introduced issues of African Theologies in the Diaspora into African Theology and Constructing Black Masculinities into Gender Studies.
  • Participate in the development of Module/Programme Template for Religion and Governance
  • Developing with Dr Kumalo MOU for SRPC and CWM to agree for attracting international 10 Postgraduate Students. Agreed for UKZN-SRPC to become Hub for African students linked to CWM
Post Graduate students


Internal & External


  • 1978-1984 Member, Board of Management, Knox College, Jamaica
  • 1997-2010 Member Board of Management, Knox Community College, Jamaica
  • 1997-2007 Member, Board of Management, Mona Preparatory School
  • 1997-2010 Chaplain, Mona Preparatory School
  • 2000-2010 Co-Host, Issues in the News, Love FM Radio, Kingston: This is a weekly
    • Radio Programme that critiques issues in the news from a theological perspective
  • 2003-2007 Member Board of Governor, United Theological College of the West Indies
  • 2005-2010 Chairman Member Board of Management, Knox Community College, Jamaica
  • 2005-2010 Member, Board of Management, International University of the Caribbean
  • 2006-2007 Member, Board of Management, University Hospital of the West Indies
  • 2006-2010 Founding Director, Hope Counselling and Wellness Centre: The Child Resiliency Programme of the Hope Counseling and Wellness Centre is an outreach programme of the Hope United Church. It is a collaborative effort between the Church, schools, families and health services in order to build a broad enough network of protection for our young people. It seeks to meet the needs of pre-adolescents and build on their competencies as the most effective strategy for preventing multiple problems. It also aims to focus on promoting physical, social, cognitive, vocational and moral competence.(
  • 2012- Currently working with Prof. R Kumalo in the development the Religion and Governance programme. Over the past two years we have work with the Government Correctional Services to developed training programmes for persons working with

International Service

  • 2005-2006 Co-Moderator, Mission in Unity Project, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Geneva
  • 2007-2012 Member, AGAPE Movement, World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • 2003-2009 Moderator: Council for World Mission, London, United Kingdom
  • 2012- CWME-WCC Reference Group
  • 2013 Member, Board of Advisors of International Review of Mission- CWME/WCC
  • 2015 Chair, Programme Reference Group. CWM
  • 2016 Consultant,  World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • 2017 International Reformed Anglican Dialogue (IRAD)