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.

Ada Focer

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PhD – Religious Studies, Boston University

Ada Focer recently completed her dissertation, Frontier Internship in Mission, 1961-1974: Young Christians Abroad in a Post-Colonial and Cold War World, a monumental six year effort that involved finding and interviewing 122 of the people who participated in this experimental mainline Protestant mission program soon after completing college or seminary. … (more)

Francisca F. Ireland-Verwoerd

PhD – Boston University School of Theology
MDiv – Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City
BS – Akademie Diedenoort, the Netherlands

Francisca recently finished her dissertation, entitled John Wesley and Engaged Aesthetics: Transformative Christian Education. The multidisciplinary approach of her research indicates Francisca’s many areas of interest. She has published and presented on the topics of missions, mission history, spirituality, art and faith, and aesthetic pedagogy. At the CGCM, she is engaged in the Chinese Christian Poster Project, researching the aesthetic theology of the posters and the influence of the missionaries in the mechanical printing history of China.

Kapya John Kaoma

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ThD – Boston University
MA – University of Bristol
BTh – Theological College of Central Africa

Dr. Kapya John Kaoma has written and spoken about subjects in mission history, the Anglican communion, gender and African culture, and eco-social justice … (more)

Yeonseung Lee

ThD – Boson University
STM – Boston University
MDiv – Seoul Theological University
BA – Seoul National University

As an ordained minister, as well as a former missionary of the Korean Holiness Church to Russia, Yeonseung Lee has endeavored to build bridges. She has worked in a variety of institutions, including Seoul Theological University, Pyongtaek University, Hanse University, America Evanglelical University, and the Haiti Institute for Mission Seminary… (more)

Mikio Miyagi

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PhD – International Christian University
MTS – Boston University School of Theology

Mikio Miyagi researches Christians’ response to Social Justice & Reconciliation issues based on the socio-political context of the US administration of Okinawa (1945-1972). At the CGCM, Mikio focuses on presenting his story of how American Christians responded to works done by Christians in Okinawa, especially American Methodist missionaries who were sent to the United Church of Christ of Okinawa. After he finished the doctoral program in 2014 at International Christian University (CIU) in Tokyo, Mikio was a researcher at the Institute for Study of Christianity and Culture until March 2018.

Rodney L. Petersen

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PhD – Princeton Theological Seminary 
MDiv, ThM – Harvard Divinity School
BA – Harvard University

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)

Titus Presler


ThD – Boston University
MDiv – General Theological Seminary
BA – Harvard University

Dr. Titus Presler is a Visiting Researcher with the Center for Global Christianity & Mission. He has extensive experience of pastoring, leading and teaching in diverse congregations and several seminaries. …(more)

B. J. Stiles

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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  –  Boston University 
MA –  Peking University
BA –  Peking University

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)

Man Hei Yip

mhyipPhD – Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
STM, MA – Wartburg Theological Seminary
BA – The University of Hong Kong

Man-Hei focuses on the role language plays in shaping missionary practice. Her doctoral dissertation titled Interrogating the Language of “Self” and “Other” in the Modern History of Christian Mission: Contestation, Subversion, and Re-imagination. Before beginning her graduate studies… (more)