Current Students

Students from around the world are attracted to Boston University and the Center for Global Christianity & Mission. Students’ interests are extremely diverse, but are unified by a fascination with global Christianity and mission.

Laura Chevalier

L ChevalierLaura Chevalier is a PhD candidate at Boston University School of Theology studying mission history and world Christianity. She is focused on the relationship between Christian mission and spirituality, with particular research and teaching interests in spirituality for mission, missionary autobiography, African Christianity, Christian formation/education, and Holiness/Pentecostal movements. Laura recently presented a paper entitled Mission Spirituality: Trends and Developments since 1980 at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Missiology. Prior to coming to BU, Laura worked for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as a specialist in international student programs and global outreach where she developed and taught dozens of seminars and webinars related to mission and intercultural engagement. Previously, she worked with refugees and immigrants in Illinois and served for three years in Kenya with a holistic child development program. Laura holds degrees in mission and intercultural studies from Wheaton College, IL (MA) and Houghton College, NY (BA). Email:

Soojin Chung

Soojin Chung is a Ph.D. candidate in mission history and world Christianity. Her current research interests include comparative study of East Asian mission history, religious pluralism in Asia, women in missions, and historical roots of transnational adoption movement. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she met her husband Daniel Lee. Previous to her theological training she worked for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in India, Thailand, and Fiji. Email:

Nelson Cowan

Nelson Cowan is a PhD candidate in Liturgical Studies at Boston University School of Theology. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of North Florida and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Nelson is interested in twentieth and twenty-first century American Evangelicalism, Wesleyan liturgical theology, and the intersection of worship and mission. In addition to his studies, Nelson is pursuing ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church. Email:

Anicka Fast

Anicka_Fast_profile 2 thmAnicka Fast is in her second year of a PhD in Mission Studies. She holds degrees in Linguistics from McGill University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before coming to BU from Québec, Canada, she and her husband worked with Mennonite Central Committee in DR Congo for three years. Anicka explores the ecclesiology of the world church through research that brings together Mennonite mission history in DR Congo, African political theology, and Anabaptist missiology and ecclesiology. Her research focuses on questions like the following: In the early encounters between Western missionaries and Congolese in the early 20th century, what definitions of church were communicated and appropriated? To what extent was church understood and lived out as an entity that transcended cultural and political boundaries? How did the parties in this encounter theologically articulate their adherence to a worldwide ecclesial body in both discourse and practice? What effect do the particular ecclesiological commitments made during those early encounters have on the shape and character of the global Mennonite communion today? While she focuses on the experience of Mennonites, Anicka hopes her research will yield more general insight into cross-cultural relationships, missiology and ecclesiology within a variety of Christian denominations, and that it will contribute to intercultural reconciliation and power balancing in the global church. Email:

Jeremy Hegi

65855_10100471280212554_6816099_nJeremy Hegi is a PhD candidate in the School of Theology, studying Church History and Missions. He has a BS in biology from Texas A&M University. He did his MDiv at Abilene Christian University as well as an MA in missions. His current research interests include American religious history, the Stone-Campbell Movement, and the history of missions. Email:

David Hurlbut


Dima Hurlbut entered Boston University’s MA/PhD program in African history in 2014, after earning his BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His dissertation examines the rise of Mormonism in Southeastern Nigeria. Email:

Hyunwoo Koo

JDW_6516Hyunwoo Koo is a PhD student in Practical Theology at the School of Theology. He holds a BA from Seoul Theological University, a MDiv from Boston University, and a MTS in Comparative Studies from Harvard University. Hyunwoo’s current research interests include contextual theologies, post-colonial studies, migration studies, and urban ministries. He is particularly interested in socio-cultural and religious experiences of Korean immigrants in the U.S. Email:

Tyler Lenocker

Tyler Profile 2Tyler Lenocker is pursuing his doctoral degree in History and Hermeneutics with a concentration in Mission Studies. His current research focuses on Christianity in 20th century urban America, centered upon how both rapid social change and the growth of diaspora churches from the Global South reshapes Western Christian identity and praxis. He holds a BLS in history from the University of California-Berkeley, and an MDiv and MA in church history from Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. Prior to graduate studies, he worked in university ministry both in Northern California and Madrid, Spain. He lives with his wife Julie and their two daughters–Ellia and Samantha–in Hamilton, MA. Email:

Stephen Lloyd

IMG_1360Steve Lloyd is a PhD student in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Before arriving at BU, Steve earned a BA at Loyola University Maryland, where he double majored in history and theology. He then earned a MAR at Yale Divinity School, where he studied the history of Christian Missions. Steve’s main area of focus is the history of Christianity in Africa. His dissertation research is on the changing relationship between Afrikaans Dutch Reformed missionaries and the South African apartheid state. He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and is committed to ecumenical dialog and missions. His wife Emily is an Episcopal priest, and they live in New York. Email:

Alex Mayfield

MayfieldAlex Mayfield is a PhD student at the Boston University School of Theology studying world Christianity and mission history. His research interests include global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, ecumenism, mission history in Asia, and the development of Chinese Christianity in the modern period. He holds a BA in Theology from Oral Roberts University and a MDiv from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is also a licensed minister of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Email:

Daewon Moon

Daewon Moon is a PhD candidate in the School of Theology, studying Mission History and African Christianity. He received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Daewon is currently working on his dissertation: “African Initiative and Inspiration in the East African Revival, 1930-1950.” The dissertation examines the indispensable role of African revivalists in expanding the Revival and applying the European evangelical tradition in the colonial African context. He and his wife, Jeonghwa, now serve as educational missionaries at International Leadership University – Burundi, in which Daewon supervises the bachelor’s and master’s program in theology. Email:

Christopher Ney

Head ShotChris Ney is a PhD student in Practical Theology under the guidance of Nancy Ammerman and Bryan Stone. His research is focused on an ecumenical partnership between the United Church of Christ and the Pentecostal Church of Chile. He is interested in the capacity of religious communities to support cross-cultural relationships and the ways in which relationships which cross cultural and religious boundaries shape our understanding of ourselves. He holds a degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College, with a strong focus on Latin America. He earned the Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York and wrote a master’s thesis on the Chilean nonviolent protest group, the Sebastian Acevedo Movement Against Torture under the direction of Larry Rasmussen. He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with ecumenical partner status in the United Church of Christ. Email:

John Parker

unnamedJohn Parker is a second year PhD student in Church History working with Dr. Rady Roldan-Figueroa. John has a BA in Medieval History and Religious Studies from Lynchburg College, and an MTS focusing on Second Temple Judaism from Boston University. John serves as a Teaching Fellow in the Biblical Studies track at Boston University’s School of Theology. His research interests include the emergence of Mendicant Orders, Iberian Colonial Religion, economics and religion, as well as religious discourse concerning Racialized Slavery. He is currently engaged in a project of cataloguing dioceses in the Spanish West and developing applying metrics to both the individual Sees and the bishops who occupied them.  John’s dissertation research focuses on the effects of Franciscan Nominalism on legal debates within the Spanish Empire concerning the legality of Racial Slavery. Email:

Eva M. Pascal

DSC02380Eva Pascal is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies in the History of Christianity and Mission. She received her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and from 2006-2010 taught classes on Christianity and Buddhism, world religions, and theology at the McGilvary School of Divinity at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her research interests include the history of Christianity in Asia and encounters with other religious traditions, especially Buddhism. She is particularly interested in Christian-Buddhist historical interaction and exchange in Southeast Asia. Her dissertation explores  early modern missionaries and their contribution to the construction of Buddhism as a distinct religion. Her second area of research explores the intersection of religion and development in mission through burgeoning faith-based non-governmental organizations. She is the Project Director of the multimedia site Old & New in Shona Religion. Email:

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