Faculty Associates

Jonathan Bonk

jonathan-bonkOne of the world’s leading missiologists, Jonathan Bonk is the editor of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB), the immediate past president of the International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS), the Emeritus Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and former editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (IBMR). His best-known book is Money and Missions: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem. He is a Research Professor of Mission Studies at Boston University. Email: jjbonk@bu.edu


Marthinus Daneel

Dr. M.L. DaneelMarthinus Daneel researches and writes on African Initiated Churches and environmental mission in Zimbabwe, subjects in which he has made internationally-recognized contributions. Daneel, formerly the co-director of the Center, is now a professor emeritus, but he remains active in the intellectual community of the Center for Global Christianity & Mission. Email: cgcm@bu.edu


Daryl Ireland


The volatile history of Christianity in East Asia fascinates Daryl Ireland. As an Assistant Research Professor of mission, his work has focused especially on the ups-and-downs of Chinese Christianity. Other interests include the intersection of secularization and revitalization, the role of women in the transmission of Christianity, and Western conceptualizations of “Global Christianity.” Email: dri@bu.edu



Ted Karpf

Ted Karpf

The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf recently retired from Boston University School of Theology as Director of Development and Alumni Relations is now an Adjunct Instructor in Religion, Public Health and International Development. Prior to joining the Center for Global Christianity & Mission, he was at the World Health Organization (WHO) where he served as Partnerships Officer for seven years (2004-2011). He was a Senior Fellow in the Health Inequalities Program at the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy. Karpf is also principle editor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of AIDS, published in 2008 by WHO and re-leased in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Press. Email: tkarpf@bu.edu


Elizabeth C. Parsons

Parsons with shelfElizabeth Parsons works at the intersection of world views and development studies. Her current research project focuses on education as Christian mission. She is  a Lecturer in religion and development and a resident scholar with the center. Email:parsonse@bu.edu




Dana L. Robert

The research interests of Dana L. Robert span the fields of mission history, the history of world Christianity, and mission theology. She is Principal Investigator in a research project entitled The Birth of the World Church: Vision, Friendship, and Community, in the Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program, sponsored by the Historical Society and the John Templeton Foundation. At Boston University she is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission. Email: drobdan@bu.edu



Rady Roldan-Figueroa

Roldan-200x300Rady Roldan-Figueroa is a historian of Christianity, who specializes in the early modern period. His work has focused on Spanish spirituality, and the projection of Tridentine Christianity throughout the Spanish Empire. He is also a noted expert on the history of Baptists. He is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity. Email: roldan@bu.edu




Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

KBWT photo.5Karen Westerfield Tucker has studied and taught about worship around the world. She is Professor of Worship at Boston University School of Theology, but  has also lectured in academic institutions and churches on six continents. She has been a member of the World Methodist Council since 1996: from 1996-2006 she chaired the Council’s Committee on Worship and Liturgy; and since 2006 she has been a member of the Ecumenics and Dialogue Committee. She has also been a member of the World Methodist/Roman Catholic International Commission for dialogue for two quinquennia, and is currently the Methodist Co-Secretary for the 2011-2016 round. She consults for the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches in the area of worship and sacraments, and was involved in drafting and editing of the Faith and Order teaching document released in 2011 on the mutual recognition of baptism. Email: kbwt@bu.edu


Nimi Wariboko

Nimi Portrait for Vital TheologyNimi Wariboko brings socio-ethical, political, and philosophical-theological perspectives to the study of World Christianity. His work especially focuses on the social teaching, ways of knowing, and practices of engaging with social justice, poverty, and economic development of missionary-originated Churches, African Initiated Churches, and Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in Africa. Nimi’s scholarship also explores how African traditional religions, epistemologies, managerial styles, and social traditions permeate and shape practices, theologies, and ethics of African Christians in the continent and diaspora. He is the Walter G. Muelder Professor of social ethics at Boston University School of Theology. Email: nimiwari@bu.edu

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