Visiting Researchers

The Center for Global Christianity & Mission provides an academic affiliation for visiting researchers who work on their projects and participate in the activities of the Center.

Jesudas Matthew Athyal

Athyal Jesudas portrait

PhD – Philosophy, University of Poona

MA – Philosophy, University of Kerala

BA – Philosophy, with minors in Sociology & Political Science, University of Kerala

Dr. Jesudas Athyal has several years of teaching and research experience in the area of Christian mission in pluralist contexts. He specializes in religion and society studies of South Asia and is a member of the Mar Thoma Church (Reformed Indian Church in communion with the Anglican fellowship)…(more)

Catherine Corman

Cathy Corman

PhD – with distinction, Program in American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Dissertation: “Reading, Writing, and Removal: Native American Literacies, 1824-1835,” 1998

BA – English, cum laude, Pomona College, Claremont, CA., 1984

Cathy Corman joins the research associates at BU’s Center for Global Christianity and Missions eager to complete In the MidstIn the Midst is a multimedia project focusing on the life and work of nonagenarian Barbara Beach Alter. … (more)

Kapya John Kaoma

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ThD – Boston University, 2010

MA – University of Bristol, 1998

BTh – Theological College of Central Africa, 1997

Dr. Kapya John Kaoma has extensive pastoral experience which informs his research interests.  He has written and spoken about subjects in mission history, the Anglican communion, gender and African culture, and eco-social justice … (more)

Rodney L. Petersen

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PhD – Princeton Theological Seminary (1985)

ThM – Harvard Divinity School (1976)

MDiv – Harvard Divinity School (1974)

BA – Harvard University (1971)

As Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Global Christianity and Mission, Dr. Petersen’s  research  projects focus on, 1) work with an international team studying religion and the Cold War, 2) issues of Just Peace and global security, and 3) the history of the use of the Apocalypse in church rhetoric. … (more)

David W. Restrick

Dave RestrickThD – (Church History & Missions), Boston University, 2001

STM – Boston University, 1990

MDiv – Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1982

BS – Eastern Nazarene College, 1973

Since 1985 David has served as a missionary of the Church of the Nazarene in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Since 1989, David has served as Academic Dean and professor at Seminário Nazareno em Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique. As dean of the seminary, David was responsible for development of the seminary’s curriculum … (more)

Mary Lou Shea

Mary Lou Shea

ThD – Boston University 2006

MTS – Boston University, 1997

BA – Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Shea has devoted the last decade to teaching undergraduate students the fundamentals of Christianity, and introducing them to the history of Christianity and mission.  Her efforts led to her receipt of the 2007 Teaching Excellence Award … (more)

Jin Sup Song

RevSongDMin – Global Ministries, School of ICS of Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007

MDiv – Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, 1993

BA – Economics, Sunchunhyang University in Korea, 1990

Rev. Song served as a missionary in Cambodia sent by the Korean Methodist Church between June 1993 to August 2013 when he came to BUSTH on sabbatical. As the first Methodist missionary to Cambodia, he worked with several Methodist mission agencies to form one Methodist Church there. He established the Cambodian Methodist Bible School in Phnom Penh and holds the position of Mission Superintendent to supervise the ministry and administration of the Methodist Church of Cambodia (MCC). He is now writing the history of the MCC and researching appropriate mission strategies to support the MCC’s continued growth and health … (more)

B. J. Stiles

B.J. Stiles. Photo by John Pull.

MDiv – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

BA – Texas Wesleyan

Rev. Stiles was the award-winning editor of motive, the magazine of the Methodist Student Movement, known for its bold use of art, poetry, theological reflection, and political commentary, during the tumultuous 1960s. Stiles pushed and prodded his readers and others to stay abreast of the cataclysmic cultural changes of that era. … (more)

Zhongxin Wang


ThD  - Church History and Liturgy, Boston University School of Theology, 2000

MA – Modern History of China, Peking University, 1986

BA – International Politics, Peking University, 1984

Dr. Zhongxin Wang is an accomplished scholar of Christianity in China.  He has lectured widely in both the United States and China, and has published extensively on the topic of Chinese culture and Christianity … (more)