About Doxa Consultancy
Doxa Consultancy provides professional consultation, academic advice and scholarly training to people engaged in biblical-theological research and writing.
Our aim is to guide and assist you in navigating and successfully completing your biblical-theological project either within academia or within the Church.
Our services will benefit:
Mature (second career)
Small group leaders
Doxa Consultancy assists people engaged in any of the following projects:
Organising seminars and conferences
About Dr Akala
Doxa Consultancy is directed by Adesola (Sola) Akala, a biblical scholar, theologian and Fellow of St John’s College, Durham University.
Master of Divinity
MA (Biblical Literature)
PhD (Biblical Studies)
My first publication, The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John (London: T & T Clark, 2014), examines the symbolic presentation of the Son-Father relationship and its implications for Johannine Christology and discipleship.
Moving over to Pauline literature, I have written a forthcoming volume, Paul and Prayer: History, Theology and Spirituality (Downers Grove, InterVarsity Academic, 2021). This exegetical study that explores crucial intersections between text, theology and spirituality while taking into account the historical settings within which the Pauline prayers emerged.
In 2016 at St John’s College, Durham University, I convened the Exploring the Glory of God Conference, with the aim of initiating academic and ecclesial dialogue on the theme of divine self-revelation.
Papers presented by national and international delegates explored biblical, theological, and aesthetic perspectives of glory. Ten essays from the conference have now been published in an edited volume entitled, Exploring the Glory of God: New Horizons for a Theology of Glory (Langham, MA: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2020).
Academic Publications & Presentations
Books, Essays & Articles
“Justice in the Gospel of John” in Biblical Justice: Theology for the Unity of the Church. (Forthcoming)
Committed to Prayer: Context, Content, and Communion of Prayer in the Pauline Epistles. (Forthcoming)
Exploring the Glory of God: New Horizons for a Theology of Glory. Editor. Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2020. Amazon.
“Sonship, Sending, and Subordination in the Gospel of John.” In Trinity Without Hierarchy. Michael F. Bird, ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2019. (PDF here)
Application Notes on Acts 1-2; Romans 1:17; Revelation 17:5. In Africa Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Oasis International Ltd., 2017.
The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John. London, UK: T & T Clark, 2014. (Paperback 2015).
Adams, Scott. Prayer in John’s Farewell Discourse: An Exegetical Investigation. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2020. (Forthcoming in Review of Biblical Literature)
Siliezar, Carlos Raúl Sosa. Savior of the World: A Theology of the Universal Gospel. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2019. (Review of Biblical Literature. 12/2020)
Behr, John. John the Theologian and his Paschal Gospel: A Prologue to Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. (Online Review 05/2019)
“Divine Hope and Glory.” Preaching Retreat. Sarum College, Salisbury. 22-24 May 2022.
“Justice in the Fourth Gospel: A Christological, Covenantal and Communal Paradigm.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November 2021.
“God’s Glory Manifest in Human Mutuality: Revisiting Galatians 3:27-29.” Christians for Biblical Equality International Virtual Conference. August 2021.
“The Father-Son Relationship in John 17: A Manifesto for Christian Discipleship.” Sarum College, Salisbury. May 2021.
"John’s Vision of God: Glory and Grace in the Prologue." Oxford New Testament Seminar. Oxford University. June 2021.
“God’s Glory Manifest in Human Mutuality: Revisiting Galatians 3:27-29.” Christians for Biblical Equality International Conference. London. August 11-14, 2021.
"Breaching Borders, Breaking Boundaries and Bridging Barriers: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman in John 4:3-42." Society for the Study of Theology. Annual Conference. Virtual. April 2021.
“Jesus and the Samaritan Woman: Visual Hermeneutics as an Effective Pedagogical Method for the Gospel of John.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Virtual. November 2020.
“Christ in the Prayers of Paul.” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting. San Diego. November 2019.
“Nicodemus’ Dilemma: Navigating Spiritual Dimensions of the New Birth in John 3.” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting. Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Gregorian University. Rome, Italy. July 2019.
“Grace, Glory and Truth in John’s Prologue.” Society for the Study of Theology Annual Conference. University of Warwick. April 2019.
“Scripture and Spirituality in the Practice of Prayer.” Research Group in Theology Religion and Practice. Roehampton University. January 2019.
“Three Prayers in Ephesians: Christological Craftsmanship and Ecclesiological Expectations.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. November 2018.
“Patterns in the Prayers of Paul: A Spiritual Strategy for Ministry and Missions.” Keynote Speaker. Common Awards Student Conference. Durham University. July 2018.
“Unveiling the Glory Within: Jesus and the Man Born Blind in John 9”. Glory of God and Disabilities Symposium. Exploring the Glory of God Conference. St John’s College, Durham University. July 2016.
“Symbolic Conversations and Characterizations: A Comparison and Contrast of the Samaritan Woman in John 4:1-42 with the Syrophoenician Woman in Mark 7:25-30.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2015.
“A Theory of Symbol for the Gospel of John.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. November 2013.
“What’s the Story?: Women in the Gospel of John.” Colloquium Lecture. Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. March 2011.
“Jesus and the Gospels: Gospel of John.” Lecture. Asbury University, Kentucky. January 2011
Academic Affiliations and Professional Memberships
Society of Biblical Literature (Co-Chair, Johannine Literature Unit Steering Committee)
British New Testament Society
Society for the Study of Theology (Member, Executive Committee Subgroup on Theology and Race)
Evangelical Theological Society (Member, Steering Committee on Evangelicals and Women)
Fellow, St John's College, Durham University
St John's Senior Common Room, Durham University
St John’s College Research Forum, Durham University
Honorary Research Fellow, Queen's Foundation, Birmingham
My teaching offers prophetic insight into God’s word and edification for the Body of Christ.
My vision is to combine decades of international teaching ministry experience with my biblical scholarship to help strengthen church leadership and laity. I believe that by challenging believers to deeper dimensions of spiritual maturity and higher levels of biblical literacy believers will be prepared to live and communicate the Christian faith and churches will be strengthened to effectively sustain the coming harvest.
The heart of my ministry is to draw the believer into a more intimate and deeper relationship with the Father and His Son through the power of the Holy Spirit.
My mission as an ordained minister is to advance biblical literacy and theological understanding in churches.
As an ordained evangelical minister, I have held several teaching, pastoral and administrative positions in churches, including directing ministry training and bible schools.
I have helped establish bible schools and ministry training institutes for local churches. As an international bible teacher in churches, conferences and Christian retreats, my ministry has taken me to America, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, France, Ukraine, Nigeria, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Church Conferences, Seminars and Sermons
“A Time to Build.” Grace Communion International Conference. October 2020.
“The Praying Church: Positioned and Prepared for the Purposes of God.” Annual Conference. Hope Church, Colchester, Essex, UK. May 2019.
“The Baptism of Suffering and the Baptism of the Spirit.” Sermon. St Paul’s Anglican Church, Thamesmead. January 2019.
“Transformed by Glory.” Elim Church, Newhaven. November 2016.
“Be of the Same Mind.” Sunday Service. Women of Vision Conference. October 2016
“Two Women in Ministry and Two Mentors.” Keynote Session. Women of Vision Conference. October 2016
“The Story of God’s Glory.” Teaching Seminar. East Sussex, UK. September 2016.
“The Father-Son Relationship in the Gospel of John.” Father’s Day Sermon. West Bend United Methodist Church, Clay City, KY. June, 2013.
“Living Sacramentally and Walking Justly.” Covington District United Methodist Women’s Retreat. Florence, Kentucky, USA. April 2013.
"Israel and the Church." Teaching Seminar. East Sussex, United Kingdom. March 2013.
“Five Extraordinary Women in the Gospel of John.” Teaching Series. Centenary United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. October, 2010.