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Durham University

St John's College

Adesola Akala

As an ordained minister, Sola has held teaching, pastoral, and administrative positions in free churches. In addition to establishing lay bible schools, ministry training institutes, and prayer teams for local churches, she travelled extensively, teaching and preaching in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, United States, South East Asia and Australia.

After over twenty years of ministry, Sola embarked on an academic journey in the US where she added to her previous BA in History, a Master of Divinity, MA in Biblical Literature, and a PhD in Biblical Studies. Her published doctoral dissertation is entitled, The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John (London: T&T Clark, 2014). Currently based at St John’s College, Sola is writing a book for InterVarsity Press entitled, The Prayers of Paul: A Biblical and Practical Theology of Prayer. She is also organising a conference on the glory of God. Exploring the Glory of God conference is scheduled from 6-9 July 2016 at St John’s College ( The conference aims to initiate academic and ecclesial dialogue on the subject of divine self-revelation by exploring biblical, theological, and aesthetic perspectives of glory. The wide range of lectures, presentations, and events in the conference will encourage academic research while empowering ordained and lay ministry.

Sola’s research interests include the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels, Pauline literature, and biblical theology, particularly, the glory of God. In addition to academic research, Sola continues in her mission to promote biblical and theological literacy in local congregations.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.