M.Div., Th.D. (University of Zurich)
Tobias Brandner received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich with systematic-theological studies on the ecumenical search for unity. He currently teaches Western church history, missiology, denominational studies, and ecumenism. His research focuses on mission movements in Asia both past and present, on post-denominational theological movements, especially revivalist Christianity, and on spirituality, Christian ministry, and pastoral theology in prison. His core interest is on the interaction between Christian faith and political, social or personal change.
His most recent publications in English include “Caught in the Middle: Issues of Interculturality in Early Missionary Encounters. The Case of the Basel Mission with Particular Regard to Theodor Hamberg,” Ching Feng (2010-2012); “Charismatic Faith and Prison Ministry,” Australasian Pentecostal Studies (2012); “Trying to Make Sense of History: A Tradition of Countercultural Belief and Their Theological and Political Interpretation of Past and Present History,” Studies in World Christianity (2011); “Mission, Millennium, and Politics: A Continuation of the History of Salvation – from the East,” Missiology: The Quarterly Journal of the American Society of Missiology (2009). His publications in German include a study on pastoral roles, published as “Seelsorge und Freundschaft. Pastorale Rollenvielfalt und Rollenambiguität in der Gefangenenseelsorge,” in Ralph Kunz und Isabelle Noth (ed.), Nachdenkliche Seelsorge – Seelsorgliches Nachdenken. Festschrift für Christoph Morgenthaler (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012), and the book Gottesbegegnungen im Gefaengnis: Eine Praktische Theologie der Gefangenenseelsorge (Lembeck Verlag, 2009), also published in Chinese (in edited and revised form) as 鐵窗內的心靈世界:峴港基督教監獄事工面面觀 (基道， 2010) and receiving an award by the Hong Kong Association of Christian Publishers as best new academic author in 2011