Caleb O. Oladipo, professor and director of Braswell World Religions and Global Cultures Center, was recently named a Roundtable Fellow of the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR).
Oladipo is now the second member of the Campbell community to be inducted into Roundtable Fellows, following President J. Bradley Creed. This three-year appointment involves providing leadership at annual gatherings for worship, fellowship and paper presentations. At this year’s BSIR summit, held at Regents Park College, Oxford University, scholars will present work related to the theme “the kingdom of God.”
“We are proud of Dr. Oladipo’s appointment as a Roundtable Fellow,” said Divinity School dean Andy Wakefield. “Not only will he represent Campbell University Divinity School well, but also he will be an enormous asset to the scholars that participate in the Roundtable. His passion for global Christianity combined with his gift of gentle encouragement will be a gift to all who participate.”
Oladipo’s passion for global Christianity is reflected in his work. Although he grew up in a Christian home, Oladipo became a Christian through the Baptist Mission work in Nigeria, and the missionary influence remains dominant in his life. He currently holds the inaugural Snellings Chair of Christian Evangelism and Mission at Campbell University Divinity School and has written numerous works exploring the natural depth and character of Christianity in Africa. A member of the delegation to the 5th Parliament of World Religions at Melbourne, Australia in 2009, Oladipo has served as a visiting scholar and professor on five continents and is fluent in six languages.
“The invitation to join the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable as a Fellow is a tremendous honor and I am very grateful,” Oladipo said. “I am excited to meet other members of this distinguished group as we work together to interpret mainstream Christianity and Baptist Christian identity faithfully for our time.”