International Theological Consortium
Through the International Theological Consortium, Fuller partners with theological institutions in Columbia, Egypt, and the Philippines to learn together how to better serve the global church.
Fuller has initiated a small international theological consortium as part of the seminary’s desire to be formed and challenged by voices beyond the United States.
The participating institutions include:
- Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines
- Seminario Bíblico de Medellin (the Biblical Seminary in Medellin) in Colombia
- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt
Through this consortium, faculty from partner schools will teach at Fuller, as well as participate in Fuller faculty discussion and, in some cases, decision-making, while benefiting from Fuller’s faculty development, library, and other resources. Fuller students benefit from the perspectives these international faculty bring, while consortium partners’ students may enroll in consortium-taught courses for credit.
The ITC initiative is being funded by a generous gift from Meritt and Steve Sawyer, both of whom are long-time supporters of Fuller and champions of international theological education and partnerships. Meritt Sawyer, a Fuller trustee, has drawn from her deep engagement with global leaders for over 40 years. Meritt and Steve see these chairs, and the International Theological Consortium, as a significant investment in the deep partnership of international scholars and scholarship that will perpetually benefit all who are involved with this global vision.
“We hope for a flowering, over time, of these institutional and personal relationships, as we hold onto a common communion created by God’s redeeming love and justice in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, while at the same time addressing the contextualized challenges to that very communion.”
– Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology
2022–2023 Faculty Appointments
Meritt and Steve Sawyer International Affiliate Professor of New Testament
Atef Gendy is professor of New Testament at the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Christianity. President of ETSC from 2000-–2021, Dr. Gendy earned both his ThM and PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University, with the latter’s thesis on the parables in the Gospel of Matthew. He has served as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation, as general NT editor for the Contemporary Arabic Commentary, and as a member of the committee formed by the World Evangelical Alliance to handle some debated Bible translations. He has an Arabic book, Why Do You Speak to Them in Parables? and has published many articles.
Gendy will teach NT558 A Middle Eastern Approach to Jesus’ Teachings in Winter Quarter 2023 and NT500 New Testament Introduction in Summer Quarter 2023, both online.
Meritt and Steve Sawyer International Visiting Professor of Old Testament
Athena E. Gorospe is professor and chair of biblical studies and director of the PhD in Contextual Theology program at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines. As an Asian scholar, her research interests lie in Scripture’s interface with philosophy, culture, and the social context. She is the author of the volume on Judges for the Asia Bible Commentary series and Narrative and Identity: An Ethical Reading of Exodus 4 (Brill). She is author and editor of works that reflect on the intersection of Scripture and current sociopolitical realities, including How Long, O Lord? The Challenge and Promise of Reconciliation and Peace (ATS Press). She earned her PhD in Theology (Old Testament) from Fuller Seminary.
Dr. Gorospe will teach OT517 Judges in Spring Quarter 2023 online.
J. Daniel Salinas
Meritt and Steve Sawyer International Affiliate Professor of Church History
J. Daniel Salinas was born into an evangelical family in Bogota, Colombia. After college he served university students as a missionary in Montevideo, Uruguay, and later in Bolivia. He earned his PhD in historical theology from Trinity International University. As professor at the Seminario Biblico de Colombia in Medellin, Colombia, since 2011, he has also taught at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines, Todas las Naciones in Mexico, and Life Theological Seminary in India, among several other Bible institutes across the globe. He is the author of at least half a dozen books and many articles in Spanish and English on Latin American evangelical history and theology. Dr. Salinas also serves as associate director of the Theological Education Initiative, a program of United World Mission.
Dr. Salinas will teach SF502 Introduction to Global Christian Traditions in Winter Quarter 2023 in Pasadena, and HT502 Church/Humanity: Historical Development in Summer Quarter 2023 online.
FULLER NEXT and International Partnerships
The founding of the International Theological Consortium is in line with Fuller’s desire to cultivate a global learning community as part of the seminary’s strategic plan, FULLER NEXT.