Gina Zurlo Bellofatto
Gina Zurlo Bellofatto is in the joint ThD program in Missiology with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, studying under Dana Robert and Todd Johnson. She is currently a Research Associate at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs and at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (South Hamilton, MA), where she focuses on international religious demography, contributing to the World Christian Database (Brill, 2007) and World Religion Database (Brill, 2008). Her current research interests include the historical intersections between missiology and sociology of religion, including the history of applying quantitative methods to religious adherence.
Laura Chevalier is a Th.D. student focusing on mission studies and religious education, studying with Dr. Dana Robert and Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore. She comes to BU after working for six and half years with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), where she provided expertise, training, and resources for North American Christian schools regarding their international student programs. Previously she served for three years in Kenya working in a child development program and teaching. Laura holds degrees in intercultural studies from Wheaton College, IL (M.A.) and Houghton College, NY (B.A.). Her current research interests include the areas of Christian education, mission history, and African studies, specifically looking at religious and cultural identity formation.
Paul Choi is a Th.D. student in the School of Theology, studying Church History and Theology. He has a B.A. in history and a M.A. in the sociology of religion from Boston University. He did his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and obtained an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School. His research interests include early cross-Atlantic evangelicalism, American religious history, historical theology, and the history of missions.
Jean Luc Enyegue
Jean Luc Enyegue, an ordained Catholic priest (2012), is a ThD student in Church History, with a Minor in Sociology. He has a BA in history from Yaounde I University (Cameroon), a BA in Philosophy from Saint Peter Canisius Faculty in Kimwenza (DRC), a Mdiv in Theology from Comillas University (Madrid), and a STL in Systematic Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (2013). His interest is the evangelization of Southern Cameroon and Fernando Po in the Nineteenth Century, and issues related to women’s leadership in mission. He is also collaborating in many projects related to the Historical Institute of the Jesuits in Africa
Ada Focer is currently working on her dissertation: “Frontiers in Relation: Being Christian in the Post-Colonial World.” She is collecting the life histories of people who, as recent college graduates, participated in Frontier Internship in Mission (FIM), a two year program sponsored by American Mainline Protestant churches between 1961 and 1974. It was then moved to Geneva and internationalized. These histories have stand-alone historical values since these people were active participants in the important changes happening at the time. In addition, patterns and connections within and across the individual life stories may become apparent when analyzed and, when put into conversation with social theory and other scholarship, might offer insight into the relation of religious and social activism during this era and afterwards.
Daryl R. Ireland
Daryl Ireland is exploring the history of Christianity and mission in Asia. He recently published in the Wesleyan Theological Journal some of his findings on the role of women in expanding Christianity in China during the early 20th century. Another study on Chinese female evangelists who worked in Singapore will appear in Popular Spiritual Movements in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, a book project sponsored by the Center for the Study of Christianity in Asia (Trinity Theological College, Singapore), and supported by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission (BU). Fascinated by the figure of 宋尚節 (John Sung), a Chinese evangelist whose itinerant ministry renewed the spiritual life of tens of thousands, Daryl is currently exploring Chinese revivalism and larger revitalization movements. In that vein, he has written “The Church Alive,” an essay in Interpretive Trends in Christian Revitalization for the Early Twenty First Century, and in his dissertation hopes to weave together Asian revivals, the role of women in Christianity, and popular spiritual movements.
Christopher B. James
Christopher B. James is a PhD Candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology with training from Fuller Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, and the Renovaré Institute. He has served in a number of ministry roles, most recently as Minister of Community Life at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. His dissertation explores the dynamics of ecclesial identity, spirituality, and mission in new Seattle churches. Chris can be found at www.jesusdust.com, www.newseattlechurches.com, and @chrisbjames.
Gun Cheol Kim
Gun Cheol Kim is a student under the tutelage of Dr. Dana Robert, focusing on Missiology, Globalization and Mission History. As an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, he has worked for the Korean immigrant community and adopted people in Stockholm, Sweden as a missionary dispatched by the General Assembly of PCK and recently worked in Seoul, South Korea as an assistant minister. His research interests include the implication of globalization for the church and mission, and want to reconceptualize the meaning of mission in the twenty-first century. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Hajung Lee is a Ph.D student in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies, focusing on social ethics in the Religion and Society track at Boston University. She studied biomedical engineering and music at Duke University, and received her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also an attorney licensed to practice law. She served the Center for Women in Ministry and Mission as a co-director, supporting women ministers and missionaries. Her academic interests include bioethics, medical ethics, religion and health, Christian ethics, feminist ethics, sociology of religion, Confucianism, and peacebuilding from a woman’s standpoint.
Hye Jin Lee
Hye Jin Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies with Dr. Dana Robert as an advisor. He is interested in World Christianity focusing on the evangelical mission works of the Holiness traditions. In particular, he hopes to study the relationship between the American Holiness movement and the Asian Holiness movement from the global perspective. He is also an ordained pastor in Korea Evangelical Holiness Church.
Jae Guen Lee
Jae Guen Lee is from Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in 1999 (M.div, Th.M), and experienced part/full time ministry in several local churches in Seoul from 1996 to 2005. He was ordained in 2002 under the Presbyterian Church of Korea. After coming to GTU at Berkeley, CA, in 2005, he was exposed to various academic disciplines such as theology, spirituality, culture, and psychology while doing MA program. As he finished up his journey to find a way to go, he decided to make an interdisciplinary study between theology and film in the doctoral program, and got admitted by Boston University School of Theology in 2008. He is now working on the film study with Dr. Bryan Stone in Practical Theology. His dissertation will be focused on a constructive, reciprocal dialogue between the Korean film and Christian faith (or theology).
Steve Lloyd is a PhD student in the Division of Religious and Theological 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. Broadly speaking, he is fascinated by the history of the meeting of “global” and “local,” and the implications that this contact has for the symbols, rituals, and narratives of a given community. Steve 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 Stonington, Connecticut.
Vincent K. Machozi, is a ThD candidate with a major in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics and a minor in Missions. His research is a social analysis of the pastoral letters of the National Conference of the Catholic Bishops of the D.R. Congo on Peace from 1996-2010. His study question is why the Catholic Church, which constitutes 70% of the Congolese population, has so far been unable to impact effectively the peace process in the 14 year-old armed conflict that has already left 6 million people dead. For this study, he draws on social movement theory and some historical examples of successful faith-based social movements in the area of peace and development. Machozi has participated in the national Congolese inter-dialogue for peace in Sun City, South-Africa (2002-2003) as a delegate of the youth movements of Butembo, North-Kivu Province in Eastern Congo. He has also taught Ecumenism and Fundamental Theology in Major Catholic Seminaries in Butembo (Eastern Congo) and in Kinshasa (the capital city of the D.R. Congo) for 8 years. While in Kinshasa, he also worked for 5 years as the Secretary for Religious Life in the Office of the National Conference of the Catholic Bishops of the D.R. Congo. He keeps a permanent contact with the youth movements of Eastern Congo through the website www.benilubero.com where those who can read French can follow day by day events of the D.R. Congo armed conflict. In the Archdiocese of Boston, Machozi is a weekend Assistant Priest at the Immaculate Conception Parish, in Everett, MA.
Daewon Moon is in the joint Th.D. program in Missiology with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, studying under the direction of Dr. Dana Robert and Dr. Garth Rosell. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2011. Daewon and his wife Jeonghwa have traveled extensively and been involved in various international mission ministries in Asia, Africa, and Europe with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for the last decade. He has also served as Faculty of Missiology at International Leadership University, Bujumbura, Burundi since 2012. His main research area is the history of Christian mission in East Africa, specifically the East African Revival in the 1930s and 1940s, on which he presented several papers at the academic conferences in the US and UK.
Travis L. Myers
Travis L. Myers is a Th.D. student in the joint missiology program with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His research interests include the history of religions in North America; the history of inter-cultural Christian mission(s) and mission theory; theologies of culture and religion; biblical studies and contextual theologies; as well as world Christianity and the implications of globalization for applied ecclesiology. As a “missionary” with the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) he had the privilege of teaching various theology courses and serving as faculty advisor for a student (and alumni) missions club/organization at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary from February, 2003 to July, 2005. Travis and his wife, Susan, have been involved with various ministries to children and young adults, the elderly, international students, and recent immigrants in Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, and Boston. He now serves as Instructor in Missions and Church History at the Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Ruth’s studies – under the mentorship of Dr. Dana Robert and Dr. John Hart in areas of missiology and social ethics – are focused on the theological praxis of the integral mission movement, particularly within Latin America, and the impact of this majority world mission theology on the world church. She is interested in how theological and missiological paradigms foster or disempower the church and all its members from engagement in the burning issues of its context such as violence, poverty and injustice. Related concerns are the reconciling role of the church in a continent riddled by ideological polarizations, gender oppression and inequality and ecological degradation. Ruth has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America as a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions for many years: first in student ministry with the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangélicos (IFES) and then with Seeds of New Creation, a ministry that trains for and promotes holistic mission in El Salvador. She currently serves as Director of Christian Formation and Leadership Development with World Vision International and on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship. She shares parenting of their blended, multi-cultural family with her husband, James Padilla DeBorst, and community life with the members of Casa Adobe in Costa Rica.
Eva Pascal is a Ph.D student in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at the intersection of History of World Christianity and Religion and Society under the supervision of Dr. Dana Robert. She received her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and from 2006-2010 taught classes on Christianity, Buddhism, and gender and religion at the McGilvary School of Divinity at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her broad areas of interest include Christianity outside the West and its encounters with other religious traditions, especially Buddhism. She is particularly interested in Christian-Buddhist historical interaction and dialogue in Southeast Asia. Her current research and writing also explores the intersection of religion and development through the transformation of Christian mission in the last century, especially through burgeoning faith-based organizations, with an emphasis on the role and historical contributions of women in this process.
Michèle Sigg is a student in the ThD program in mission studies under the direction of Dr. Dana Robert. She comes to BU after completing an MTh in World Christianity at Africa International University (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology) in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, she researched the role of women in an indigenous revival movement in Madagascar known as the Fifohazana. She is also the Project Manager for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (www.dacb.org) which is now part of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Her research interests include renewal movements in world Christianity and the stories of women in African Christianity.
Bruce Yoder is a Th.D student in the School of Theology focusing on mission history and the history of Christianity with particular interest in West Africa. Bruce has worked in Latin America and most recently in West Africa, participating in programs of theological education among African Initiated Churches as a missionary with Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA. His research interests include the emergence of African Christianity and the relationships between North American and Africa Christians. Bruce’s dissertation is a history of Mennonite missionary interaction with African Initiated Churches in southeastern Nigeria from 1958 to 1967. He resides in Burkina Faso with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Jeremiah and Deborah.