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

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

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 –  Yale University, New Haven, CT
BA – English, cum laude, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Cathy Corman is completing In the Midst, a multimedia project focusing on the life and work of nonagenarian Barbara Beach Alter. Alter and her husband James spent much of their adult lives as American Presbyterian missionaries in north India. Steeped in the principles of the New England Student Christian Movement, Alter and her circle never converted anyone — on purpose.  … (more)

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)

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

PICT1693ThD – 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)

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

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  –  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)