Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology

Prof MS Kgatle

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology
Tel: 012 429 4315


  • PhD Theology (UP, 2016)
  • PGCE (UNISA, 2014)
  • MA Theology (UP, 2012)
  • BA (Hons) Theology (UJ, 2011)
  • BA Theology (UJ, 2010)

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Currently teaching

  • CMM2602-Youth Ministry in Communities

Fields of academic interests

  • Servant leadership
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches
  • African Initiated Pentecostal Churches
  • New Prophetic Churches
  • Politics and Religion
  • Media and Religion
  • Health and Religion
  • Migration and Religion 
  • Gender and Religion   

Field of Specialisation

  • African Pentecostalism


  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019. The fourth Pentecostal wave in South Africa: a critical engagement. Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies series. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978036736115  
  • Kgatle, M.S & Anderson, A.H., 2020, The use and abuse of the Spirit in Pentecostalism: A South African Perspective. Routtledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies series. London: Routledge. ISBN. 9781003038795
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2021. Pentecostalism and Cultism in South Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-030-69723-5
  • Kgatle, M.S, M Nel, & C Banda., 2021. Christological Paradigm Shifts in Prophetic Pentecostalism in South Africa. Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies series. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9781032065540  

Book chapters

  • Kgatle, M.S & Mofokeng, T.R., 2018, “Christ on the streets: A call for active citizenry in the context of migration, homelessness and marginalisation in the City of Tshwane” in TD Mashau (ed). Standing where God stands: Doing encountering Missiology with homeless people on the pavements of the City of Tshwane. Pretoria: Unisa press, pp 70–85. ISBN: 9781776150489.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, “The cup and baptism: metaphors of servant leadership in Mark 10:38–39” in S Jung, V Kessler, L Kretzschmar & E Meier (eds), Metaphors for Leading –Leading by Metaphors, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht unipress, pp 55–64. ISBN: 9783847109150.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020, “Bridging the Gap between Spiritual Experience and Theological Education in African Pentecostal Christianity: The Ethiopian  Eunuch in Acts 8, 26-40 as a Model” in N. Asproulis and S. Devenish (eds) Christian Responses to Spiritual Incursions into the 21st Century Church and Society, Cambridge scholars publishing, pp 86-103. ISBN: 9781527559417
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2021, “Creating Alternatives to the Commercialisation of Magadi Among Bapedi People in South Africa” in L Togarasei and E Chitando (eds) Lobola (Bridewealth) in Contemporary Southern Africa, Palgrave Macmillan, pp 303-314. ISBN: 978-3-030-59523-4.

Journal articles

  • Kgatle, M.S., 2016. The influence of Azusa Street Revival in the early developments of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. Missionalia, 44(3), pp.321-335.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2016. Sociological and theological factors that caused schisms in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 42(1), pp.1-15.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017. A practical theological approach to the challenge of poverty in post-1994 South Africa: Apostolic Faith Mission as a case study. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 73(3), p.7.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017. Servant Leadership: Son of Man as Minister and Life Giver in Mark 10.45. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 26(2), pp.286-298.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017. Discipleship misconceptions: A social scientific reading of James and John’s request for seats of honour (Mark 10: 35-42). STJ| Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 3(1), pp.185-204.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017. The causes and nature of the June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane: A practical theological reflection. HTS Theological Studies, 73(3), pp.1-8.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017. A socio-historical analysis of the sections in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa from 1908 to the present. Verbum et Ecclesia, 38(1), pp.1-10.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2017.African Pentecostalism: the Christianity of Elias Letwaba from early Years until his death in 1959. Scriptura, 116(1), pp.1-9.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. The role of the church in the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa: Practical Theological reflection. HTS Theological Studies, 74(1), pp.1-8.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Servant leadership: An urgent style for the current political leadership in South Africa. Verbum et Ecclesia, 39(1), p.9.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Servant Leadership: The Style of Frank Chikane from Early Life to the Presidency of Thabo Mbeki. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 44(2), p.17.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Social media and religion: Missiological perspective on the link between Facebook and the emergence of prophetic churches in southern Africa. Verbum et Ecclesia, 39(1), p.6.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Globalisation of missions: An exegesis on the Great Commission (Mt 28: 18–20). In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, 52(1), p.7.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. The impact of the Vuwani protests on teaching and learning: Practical Theological reflection, STJ| Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 4(1), pp. 247-266.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Integrating African Pentecostalism into the theological education of South African Universities: An urgent task. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 74(3), p.8.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Prophetic voice of the South African Council of Churches: a weak voice in post-1994 South Africa. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 74(1), p.8.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. The practice and impact of divine healing in Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission: missiological perspective. Scriptura, 117(1), pp. 1-11.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2018. Crossing boundaries: Social-scientific reading of the faith of a Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21–28), STJ| Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 4(2), pp. 595-613.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019. A Remarkable Woman in African Independent Churches: Examining Christina Nku’s Leadership in St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 45(1), p.14.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019. Diakonos and Doulos as concepts of True Discipleship in Mark 10:43-44: Social Scientific Reading, Journal of Pentecostal Theology28(1), pp. 71-83.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, ‘Singing as a therapeutic agent in Pentecostal worship’, Verbum et Ecclesia 40(1), a1910.
  • Mashau T.D & Kgatle, M.S., 2019, ‘Prosperity gospel and the culture of greed in post-colonial Africa: Constructing an alternative African Christian Theology of Ubuntu’, Verbum et Ecclesia 40(1), a1901.

  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, Missiology as social justice A contextual reading of the mission of Christ in Luke 4:16-19, missionalia, 47(1), 58-71
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, ‘Reimagining the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa: A critical engagement’, HTS Teologiese
    Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5183.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, ‘Demythologising factors associated with HIV and AIDS among Pentecostals: An effective way of dealing with the epidemic in South Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(1), a5285.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2019, ‘Gender dimensions in Pentecostal leadership: The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa as a case study’, Verbum et Ecclesia 40(1), a1980.
  • Kgatle, M.S. & Mofokeng, T.R., 2019, ‘Towards a decolonial hermeneutic of experience in African Pentecostal Christianity: A South African perspective’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5473.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020. The Relationship between the Economic Strand of Contemporary Pentecostalism and Neo-Liberalism in Post-1994 South Africa. Religions11(4), p.156.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020. Spirit baptism and the doctrine of initial evidence in African Pentecostal Christianity: A critical analysis. HTS Theological Studies76(1), pp.1-7.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020, ‘New paradigms of pneumatological ecclesiology brought about by new prophetic churches within South African Pentecostalism’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a2053.
  • Kgatle M.S., 2020, 'Decolonial Discourse on the Origins of the 20th Century American Pentecostal Movement', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 46 (1), 1-17
  • Kgatle M.S., 2020, 'Propagating the fear of witchcraft: Pentecostal prophecies in the new prophetic churches in South Africa, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 40(2), 1-13
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020, ‘Dealing with the cultural and financial challenges during death of a loved one and repatriation of the remains: A mission to the wounded, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 76(4), a5970.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020, ‘Towards a balancing act between the emergence of prophetic churches and organisational culture in South African Pentecostalism’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a2118.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020, ‘Religious live-streaming in response to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a2120.
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2020. Integrated Pentecostal Ministry of Richard Ngidi in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, 1921–1985. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 46(3), pp.14-pages. 

  • Mashau, T.D. & Kgatle M.S., 2021, ‘Thuma Mina: A critical discourse on the prospect of a Ramaphosa presidency through the lenses of Isaiah 6:8’, Verbum et Ecclesia 42(1), a2129.    
  •  Kgatle, M.S. 2021. "The Impact of Pentecostal Advertising on the Environment and the Consumer in South Africa." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 11 (2): 71-79. 
  • Kgatle M.S., 2021. A Quarter Century of Structural Unity in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa: A Socio Historical Analysis, Studia Historia Ecclessia, 47(1), 1-13 
  • Kgatle M.S., 2021. The balance between theory and praxis in South African Pentecostalism: Patmos bible school as a model, acta theologica, 31(supp), 84-98. 
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2021. Triumphalist theology in the context of prophetic Pentecostalism in South Africa, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, 41 (2), 1-13.  
  • Kgatle, M.S., 2021. Spirituality of Liberation in African Pentecostal Worship and Its Implications for Black Theology, Black Theology, 19(2), 1-14.

Paper presentations

Plenary/keynote addresses

  • The balance between theory and praxis in South African Pentecostalism: Patmos Bible School as a model (presented at the GBFE/UNISA conference on “integrating theory and practice”, wiedenest, Germany via zoom), 24-25 August 2020

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Golden Key International Society 
  • New Testament Society of Southern Africa (NTSSA) 
  • South African Council of Educators
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • South African Missiological Society
  • International Association for Mission Studies
  • Society of Pentecostal Studies 
  • South African Pentecostal Theological Association 


  • Socio-Cultural Readings (2016-2018)
  • Meal of Peace (Ongoing project)
  • African Pentecostal Christianity (Ongoing project)


Book Reviews (by invitation)

  • Kgatle, M.S., 2021. Kroesbergen, H. 2019. The language of faith in Southern Africa: Spirit world, power, community, holism. Journal for the Study of Religion, 34(1).