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“ “My goal in teaching is to engage in serious theological reflection and dialogue with students…. My pedagogical approach encourages students to question the sometimes pre-formulated answers and lead them gradually to the place where their new answers are solid enough to invite even newer and deeper questions and answers…. Such an approach, I believe, best prepares students for appropriate pastoral interventions, especially in our increasing multi-ethnic and multi-faith family contexts.” ”

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Phone Number: 416-978-2793

Email Address: esther.acolatse@utoronto.ca

Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies 

Esther E. Acolatse joined the Knox Faculty in 2017.

As Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies at Knox College, Esther explores the intersection of psychology and Christian thought, with interests in the gendered body, methodological issues in the practice of theology of the Christian life, and the relevance of these themes in the global expression of Christianity.

Her current research focuses on issues around care and counseling with migrant families and implications for intra/interfaith dialogue and spiritual care. She is also interested in cultural anthropological dimensions of medicine, health, and healing, and their implications for suffering, death, dying, and care at the end of life.

My publications:


  •  For Freedom or Bondage: A Critique of African Pastoral Practices (W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, MI) 2014.
  • Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West (Forthcoming, W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, MI) February, 2018. 


  • “The Decline of Established Churches in the West: A Perspective from African Christianity” in Paul Peterson (ed.) The Decline of Established Christianity in the West (Under Contract, Brill – Rodopi, Leiden/ Boston: Brill Publishers)
  • “Pastoral Authority and Responsibility: An African Traditional Leadership Model for Church Governance and Functioning” in Lartey, E. Y. & Tapiwa Mucherera (eds) African Practical Theology, Vol. 1. Pastoral care, health, healing, and wholeness in African contexts (Eugene, OR.:Wipf and Stock Publisher, 2017), Ch 2.
  • “In Search of postcolonial African masculinity and spirituality: A Psychohistory of President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana” Trinity Journal of Church and Theology, 18 no 4 Sep 2015, p 27-52.
  • “Hospitality Praxis: African Diasporan Communities, Religion, and the Black Church” in Contours of Black Practical Theology, Dale Andrews & Robert Smith (eds.) (Baylor University Press, 2015) p. 151-162.
  • “God Where Are You?: Theological Reflections on HIV/AIDs in Africa” in Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology Vol. 26, 2014. p. 62-81.
  • “Culture of War, Violence and Sexual Assault in the Military: An Ethic of Compromise?” in Journal of Pastoral Theology vol. 24, 2. 2014.
  • “What is Theological about Practical Theology: Towards a Hermeneutic of Primal Speech” in Practical Theology vol. 7 Number 3/ September 2014.
  • “Hope and God as Good-enough Mother: The Development of Hope in Job” in Journal of Pastoral Theology vol. 24, 1. 2014.
  • “The Production of Knowledge on and About Africa: A Review Essay” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research vol. 37, No. 4 (October 2013).
  • “Pastoral Counseling Third World Perspectives” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, Leeming, David A.; Madden, Kathryn; Marlan, Stanton (Eds.) Springer References Online. July 2013 & Jan 2016).
  • “Christian Divorce counseling in West Africa: Seeking wholeness through Reformed theology and Jungian Dreamwork” in Journal of Pastoral Theology vol. 21, 1. 2011. 
  • “All in the Family: Recasting Religious Pluralism through African Contextuality” in ed. Ed Foley Religion, Diversity and Conflict (IPT-Berlin, Munich: Lit Verlag, 2011), p. 261-271. 
  • “Pastoral Care and Counseling in Independent Evangelical Charismatic Churches in Ghana: A Barthian Theological Perspective” in Maynard, J. Hummel, L. Moschella, M. (eds.,) Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religions and Pastoral Theology (Rowman and Littlefield) 2010.
  • “Embracing and Resisting Death: A Theology of Justice and Hope for Care at the End of Life” in Swinton, J. and Payne, R. (eds.,) Living Well, Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for Care at the End of Life (W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.) 2009.
  • “Unraveling The Relational Myth in the Turn toward Autonomy: Pastoral Care and Counseling with African Women” in Stevenson Moessner, J. and Snorton, (eds.,) Women out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World (Mn: Fortress Press), 2009, p. 218-229.
  • “Rethinking Sin and Grace: An African Evangelical Feminist Response to Niebuhr” in Njoroje J. Nyambura and Dube, Musa (eds.) Talitha Cum: Theologies of African Women, (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications) 2001.