Jonathan Bonk

Research Professor of Mission
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Dr. Jonathan J. Bonk is Executive Director Emeritus of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut where he served as Director from 1997 until his retirement in July 2013. He also served as Editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research from July 1997 until June 2013, and continues as the Bulletin’s Senior Consulting Editor.  He is Research Professor of Mission at Boston University, where he directs the Dictionary of African Christian Biography, an electronic, multilingual, non-proprietary reference tool.  He served as Professor of Global Christian Studies at Providence College and Theological Seminary in Manitoba, and Adjunct Professor of Evangelism and Mission at both Yale Divinity School in New Haven and Presbyterian College and Seminary in Seoul. He was raised in Ethiopia by missionary parents, serving there with his wife in famine relief from 1974–1976. He holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He has served as President of several academic associations, including the American Society of Missiology (ASM), the Association of Professors of Mission (APM), and the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS).  He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, and books, and is contributing editor of six collaborative volumes. His best-known book is Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem (Orbis: 1st edition 1991; 2nd edition 2007.  He edited the Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries, Volume 9 in Routledge’s Religion and Society Series (2007).  He travels and lectures extensively in Africa and Asia, within the last year lecturing in Nigeria, Ghana, China, Korea, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Finland and the Ukraine.  He and his wife, Jean, are members of the Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship in Winnipeg.