Roger E. Hedlund is a Pastor who has spent more than three decades in India as a theological teacher and researcher with major contribution to Missiology with special reference to Indian ethos.
Hedlund taught at the Union Biblical Seminary, both at Yeotmal and at Pune during 1974-1978 and also at the Serampore College, a constituent College of the nation's first University, the Senate of Serampore College (University) from 1994-1997.
At present he is associated with the Dharma Deepika: A South Asian Journal of Missiological Research and with the Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies, Chennai. Hedlund edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity.
Hedlund studied at the Upland College in 1957 and thereafter undertook theological studies at the Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary where he was awarded the graduate degree of Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) in 1961. After serving as a missionary in Italy, Hedlund pursued postgraduate and doctoral studies at the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena between 1970-1974.
In 2004, Hedlund pursued another doctorate at the State-run University of Madras
Contribution and writings
Roger E. Hedlund has been prominent in the theological circles in India and known in the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Charismatic circles serving the cause of missiological research. The papers and correspondence of Roger E. Hedlund have been preserved and made digitally available by the Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky.
- In 1985, Caste and the Bible,
- In 1993, William Carey's Universal Significance,
- In 1998, Christian History from the Under Side: Indian Instituted Churches and Indigenous Christianity,
- In 1999,
- Indian Christians of indigenous origins and their solidarity with original groups,
- Indian Instituted Churches: Indigenous Christianity Indian Style,
- In 2002, Emerging Indigenous Christianity in India and Asia (19th and 20th Centuries),
- In 2003, The Importance of the Study of India's New Christian Movements,
- In 2004, The Witness of New Christian Movements in India
- In 2005, Indigenous Pentecostalism in India,
- In 2008, Hindus and Christians for 2000 years
- In 2010,
- Present-day Independent Christian Movements: A South Asian Perspective’’
- Understanding Southeast Asian Christianity’’
- In 2012, with Sebastian Kim and Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, Indian and Christian: The Life and Legacy of Pandita Ramabai,
- In 1970, The Protestant Movement in Italy: Its Progress, Problems, and Prospects,
- In 1982, Building the Church,
- In 1985, Mission to Man in the Bible,
- In 1991, The Mission of the Church in the World: A Biblical Theology,
- In 1992, Evangelization and Church Growth: Issues from the Asian Context,
- In 1993, Roots of the Great Debate in Mission: Mission in Historical and Theological Perspective,
- In 1997, God and the Nations: A Biblical Theology of Mission in the Asian Context,
- In 2000, Quest for Identity: India's Churches of Indigenous Origin: the "Little Tradition" in Indian Christianity,
- In 2012, William Carey's American Connections: Implications for the Serampore Mission, Indigenous Christianity and India's Renaissance,
- In 1977, Church Growth in the Third World,
- In 1980, with F. Hrangkhuma, Indigenous Missions of India,
- In 1982, with Beulah Herbert, Culture and Evangelization: A Collection of Indian Anthropological Readings
- In 1993, with J. T. K. Daniel, Carey's Obligation and India's Renaissance,
- In 2000, Christianity is Indian: The Emergence of an Indigenous Community,
- In 2004, with Paul Bhakiaraj, Theological Trends in Mission in the 20th Century’’
- In 2012, with Jesudas Athyal, Joshua Kalapati and Jessica Richard, The Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity,
Serampore College, West Bengal