Fensham, Charles James
Charles James Fensham

ThD (South Africa)

c.fensham@utoronto.ca | 416-978-4509


Dr. Fensham joined the faculty of Knox College in 2002.

He is interested in the study of the church (ecclesiology) and its intersection with mission studies and ecology with a focus on Public Missiology. He works with advanced degree students on projects focused on ecclesiology, Missiology, the theologies of David Bosch and Jürgen Moltmann, ecological theology, the theology of Protestant spirituality and the intersection of these themes with contemporary culture. Charles’ present project is to contribute to the development of a public missiology with an emphasis on the public witness of Christian churches in North America.

Charles is a member of the Presbytery of East Toronto and is Minister in Association with Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto.


  • Ecclesiology
  • Missiology
  • Theologies of David Bosch and Jürgen Moltmann
  • Ecological theology
  • Theology of Protestant spirituality
  • Area of teaching: Systemic Theology and Missiology

Recent Publications

Forthcoming Projects:

  • Book project: Love Complicated: The Moral Failure of Christian Churches in Relation to LGBTQI+ People. (Awaiting publication)


Chapters in Books:

Papers and Articles:

  • Fensham, C.J. The Transformative Vision: Public Witness and the poiesis of Christian Social Transformation. Missiology: An International Review. 44:2 (April 2016), 155-166.
  • Fensham, C.J. Faith Matters: Towards a Public Missiology in the Midst of the Ecological Crisis. Toronto Journal of Theology. Supplement 1, 2015, 17-28.
Appointment Status College TST Teaching Category
Basic Degree
Knox College Regular Tenure Stream

Current Courses

Course Code Course Name Semester
KNT2431HF Church Ministry Sacraments: Presbyterian and Reformed Views First Semester
KNT3271HS Doctrines of Reconciliation Second Semester
KNT5651HF Ecumenical Missional Ecclesiology First Semester
KNF3060HS Practicum in Mission Partnership: Religion, Culture, and Global Christianity Second Semester