Rodney Ragwan

Adjunct Faculty

Rodney is married to Dr. Eva Anita Ragwan and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. He is an ordained Baptist minister who pastored two Baptist churches for 16 1/2 years in his native country, South Africa. He witnessed the demise of apartheid and the birth of a new free country. Both these experiences impacted his life and ministry. In South Africa he served as acting principal of the Baptist Association of South Africa Bible College, and president of the Baptist Association of South Africa. Rodney also served on several committees in the Baptist World Alliance and All Africa Baptist Fellowship. He also serves as a board of director for the Philadelphia Baptist Association.  

Rodney taught at Palmer Theological Seminary’s Eastern School of Christian Ministry and Priscilla Institute. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, USA and a PhD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Rodney serves as director of Mission Mobilization at International Ministries, American Baptist USA and a bi-vocational pastor at North Wales Baptist Church in Pennsylvania. He currently teaches Contexts, Perspectives and Ministries in the 21st Century and the Seminar Project Proposal course in the Doctor of Ministry program. 


Ph.D., Church History, University of Pretoria, South Africa

D.Min., Marriage and Family Counselling, Palmer Theological Seminary, USA

MTS., Christian Thought and Mission, Palmer Theological Seminary, USA

MA., Religion and Social Transformation, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

BA (HONS) Missiology, University of Durban Westville, South Africa

LTh., Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa, South Africa

Classes Taught

Mission in the 21st Century

Christian Leadership

Community Focused Ministry

Basic Theology 1&2

The Nature and Mission of the Church

Contexts, Perspectives and Ministries in the 21st Century

Seminar Project Proposal


“Towards a Theology and Marriage: Biblical Theology of Marriage and Family with particular reference to Apartheid Theology” eBook, 2018.

“Vision in Progress: Framing the Portrait of Indian Baptists in South Africa” Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012

“The impact of the Bible and Bible themes on John Rangiah's Ministry in South Africa”, Verbum et Ecclesia 2012.

“The narrative of the Baptist Association of South Africa and its significance for the Indian Baptist Church in KwaZulu-Natal”, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXVII, no. 1, 2011

“In His Service: A Faith Journey of a South African Pastor” Kairos Publishing, 2003.