Roswith Gerloff was born and educated in Hitler’s Germany and a retired ordained minister of the United Evangelical Church (Berlin-Brandenburg). She studied theology at Tubungen, Munchen abd Gottingen in Germany and holds a PhD from Birmingham University, England. Her work experience includes experimental parish work in post war Berlin (1962-72); the ministry to former German-Jewish refugees in Oxford (1973-78); a Fellowship at Woodbrooke College (Quakers: 1972); the directorship of the CBWCP in Selly Oak, Birmingham, which she founded (1978-84); and interdenominational work with African, Asian and European Christians as Pastor at the Ecumenical Centre Christuskirche (and founder of the Forum for Ecumenical Intercultural Learning) in Frankfurt a.M. (1985-93).
Her extensive field studies in Black Christianity and Pentecostalism in Britain, America and the Caribbean (1973-85) and her experience in intercultural theology led to her serving as a lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and Frankfurt a.M., and as a consultant at the BBC. She was senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Theology and Religious Studies (1993-98). Since retiring, she has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Rostock (Germany), the University of Ghana at Legon-Accra, and a senior mission scholar in residence at the OMSC and research fellow at Yale Divinity School.
She continues in voluntary capacity, involved in networking between African Christians, and in a major study of the social, cultural and missiological significance of the African Caribbean Diaspora in Europe, acting as a consultant for research and publication to the newly formed CCCAAE (2001). Her various publications include her doctoral dissertation: A plea for British Black Theologies: The Black Church movement in Britain in its cultural and theological interaction (1992) and, as a guest-editor, the July 2000 issue of the IRM (vol. LXXXIX No. 354). Her co-directorship at the CBWCP with B.A. Mazibuko (1982-85) has deeply influenced her theological and educational thinking.