Power, Agency, and Women in the Mission of God: A Scholar-Practitioner Conversation
October 26–28, 2022
General Registration – $50
Alumni and Non-Fuller Students – $25
Fuller Students, Staff, and Faculty – $0
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Spanish and Korean translation will be available. Registration will open on Wednesday, September 28.
Missiology Lectures 2022
The 2022 Missiology Lectures––a completely virtual event––will facilitate a global conversation between scholars, practitioners, and scholar-practitioners from a variety of social and cultural locations to explore the topic “Power, Agency, and Women in the Mission of God.”
The role, status, and experience of women in the church and in the world represent a fundamental missiological issue of our day. These lectures center the conversation on naming the resources women bring to addressing personal, organizational, and social structure, as well as spiritual powers. The conference theme will be explored by scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines including missiology, theology, psychology, marriage and family therapy, sociology, history, and biblical studies.
Through lectures, panel discussions, and breakout groups, conference participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the ways women may dismantle barriers and enact their personal and collective agency to engage social, cultural, organizational, and spiritual power for the sake of the outworking of God’s shalom in their communities and contexts. These virtual lectures, with a node in Ghana, will equip the church to faithfully respond to God’s invitation to women to participate in God’s work in the world.
Musa W. Dube is a biblical scholar based at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University where she holds the title of William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament. Prior to joining Emory’s faculty she served as professor of New Testament at the University of Botswana. She earned her PhD at Vanderbilt University and holds master’s degrees from Vanderbilt and from the University of Durham. She has held positions at the World Council Churches, Scripps College, Union Theological Seminary, University of Stellenbosch, University of Bamberg, and University of South Africa. Her research interests include religion, gender, postcolonial, translation, HIV and AIDS, Botho/Ubuntu and Earth studies. Dr. Dube is the current continental coordinator of The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, vice president of the Society of Biblical Literature (2022–2023), and a member of The United Methodist Church.
M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall is professor of psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. She earned her PhD, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees at Biola. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, associate editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and past president of Division 36, Society for the Psychological Study of Religion and Spirituality of the American Psychological Association. She has published on a variety of topics at the intersection of psychology and faith, including gender issues and missions and mental health.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim received her PhD from the University of Toronto and is professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is the author or editor of 20 books, most recently, Invisible, Hope in Disarray; Keeping Hope Alive; and Intersectional Theology. Dr. Kim is a series editor for the Palgrave Macmillan Series “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” and has served on the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors. She writes for Baptist News Global, Sojourners, Faith and Leadership, and the Wabash Center, and has published in TIME, The Huffington Post, Christian Century, US Catholic Magazine and The Nation. She is the host of Madang, a Christian Century podcast, and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Patrick B. Reyes is the author of the bestselling book The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive, and the award-winning book Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. He is the host of the Sound of the Genuine podcast. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he is the senior director of learning design at the Forum for Theological Exploration. He is president-elect of the Religious Education Association and serves on several boards in education and the nonprofit sector, supporting the next generation of BIPOC leaders and educators. Dr. Reyes holds a PhD from the Claremont School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and is proud to be a graduate of the California State education system, California State University at Sacramento (Sac State).
Gina A. Zurlo is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD from Boston University School of Theology and is the co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd edition and co-editor of the World Christian Database. Dr. Zurlo’s latest book is Global Christianity: A Guide to the World's Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and a new book on women in World Christianity is forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell in 2023.
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University, Ghana
The Reverend Emmanuel Kwesi Anim is the principal of Pentecost Theological Seminary in Gomoa-Fetteh, Ghana. Dr. Anim also serves as a visiting lecturer at All Nations Christian College in the UK and as an adjunct lecturer at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana.
Susan L. Maros, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Leadership, School of Mission and Theology
Vince Bantu, Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies, School of Mission and Theology
Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Professor in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research, School of Mission and Theology
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Please note, all times are listed in Pacific Time. All main sessions and panel discussions will be translated into Spanish and Korean.
Wednesday, October 26
Chair: Susan L. Maros, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Leadership
10:00–11:00 am Chapel
Speaker: Emmanuel Anim, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University, Ghana
11:15 am–1:00 pm Welcome and Lecture 1: Women and Men in Sociological Perspective
Lecturer: Gina Zurlo, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Respondent: Wilmer Villacorta, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Seminary
4:00–5:15 pm Panel 1: Confronting Gender and Power Asymmetries in Organizational Leadership
Leanne Dzubinski, Associate Professor of Intercultural Education and Studies, Biola University
Young Lee Hertig, Co-founder/Executive Director, ISAAC: Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity
Peter Rios, Founder, Peter Rios Consulting and Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Intercultural Studies, Pacific School of Religion
5:30–7:00 pm Lecture 2: Women Rise Up: Power, Agency, and Christianity
Lecturer: Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion
Respondent: Alexia Salvatierra, Academic Dean of Centro Latino and Associate Professor of Mission and Global Transformation, Fuller Seminary
Thursday, October 27
Chair: Vince Bantu, Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies
9:00–10:30 am Lecture 3: Post-Colonial Women’s Scholarship: Mission, Power, and the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians
Lecturer: Musa W. Dube, William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emory University
Respondent: Janette Ok, Associate Professor of New Testament, Fuller Seminary
10:45 am–12:00 pm Panel 2: Developing Women’s Scholarship: Power and Academia
Joyce del Rosario, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Ministry, Pacific School of Religion
Evelyn Hibbert, Research Supervisor, Angelina Noble Centre
Shari Russell, Associate Director, NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community
12:15–1:30 pm Breakout Groups Discussion
2:00–3:00 pm Virtual Alumni Gathering (*for Fuller Alumni only)
4:00–5:30 pm Lecture 4: Challenging Sexism for God’s Sake: A Psychological Perspective
Lecturer: Elizabeth (Liz) Lewis Hall, Professor of Psychology, Biola University
Respondent: Jenny H. Pak, Associate Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Department, Fuller Seminary
5:45–7:00 pm Panel 3: Women’s Power and Agency in Biblical Narratives
Quonekuia A. Day, Instructor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jacqueline Grey, Dean of Theology and Professor of Biblical Studies, Alphacrucis College
Nijay K. Gupta, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
Friday, October 28
Chair: Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Professor in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research
9:00–10:30 am Lecture 5: Seeking Shalom: Feminist Ancestral Leadership and What to do with Fragile Male Egos
Lecturer: Patrick Reyes, Senior Director for Learning Design, Forum for Theological Exploration
Respondent: Dwight A. Radcliff Jr., Academic Dean for the William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies and Assistant Professor of Mission, Theology, and Culture, Fuller Seminary
10:45 am–12:00 pm Panel 4: Reimagining Missional Engagement after #MeToo, #ChurchToo
Dara Delgado, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Black Studies, Allegheny College
Cathy Hine, International Director of the Association for Cooperation and Transformation (ACT)
Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, Professor of Hebrew, Bible, and Theological Studies, North Park University
12:15–1:30 pm Breakout Groups Discussion
4:00–5:30 pm Panel 5: Women and Men in Ministry Partnership
Rob Dixon, Associate Regional Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and Senior Fellow, InterVarsity Institute
Mimi Haddad, President and CEO, CBE International
Joanne Kretzer Chun, Director of Program Quality, World Relief
5:45–7:00 pm Concluding Session
Quonekuia A. Day is a full-time instructor of Old Testament and biblical Hebrew at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. She serves on the board for the Society of Gospel Haymanot (SGH) and is a public speaker specializing in the area of Old Testament and sexuality. She is a doctoral candidate at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She is the author of “Feminist, Womanist and Gospelist Interpretations of the Daughters of Zelophehad: Bridging the Gap Amongst Competing Traditions,” in the multi-authored book Gospel Haymanot. Day is an ordained minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. She has over 25 years of ministry experience as a teacher, counselor, and outreach/formation minister. She currently serves as the director of ministerial care and development at Deliverance Temple Worship Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Dara Coleby Delgado is assistant professor of religious studies and Black studies and affiliate faculty in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies program at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. She received her PhD from the University of Dayton. Her research interests include race, gender, and popular culture in American religious life during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Dr. Delgado’s work on American Christianity, Pentecostals, and Pentecostalism, in particular, appears in scholarly journals, edited volumes, and popular news outlets alike.
After serving over 20 years in urban youth ministry, Joyce del Rosario is now an assistant professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She received her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and her PhD from Fuller Seminary. Dr. del Rosario is a seasoned nonprofit director and academic who teaches practical skills in faith-based community development and activism. She has more than two decades of experience working toward diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented groups in multinational, national, and locally based organizations. In her research and work, she seeks to transform systems that have advantaged some while disadvantaging others by centering the voices of the marginalized. Her favorite activity is sharing delicious food with friends and family.
Rob Dixon is a practitioner and scholar. As a practitioner, Dr. Dixon has spent the last 25 years in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He currently helps to oversee InterVarsity’s ministry in central California and southern Nevada. As a scholar, Rob teaches Bible overview courses at Fresno Pacific University, and he teaches courses in qualitative research methods and organizational dynamics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Rob’s passion is helping women and men thrive as co-equal ministry partners, and he trains, coaches, and consults on that topic whenever possible. He is the author of Together in Ministry: Women and Men in Flourishing Partnerships.
Leanne Dzubinski is associate professor of intercultural education and studies in the graduate program in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University. She researches and writes on women in mission and gender bias in Christian and secular organizations. Dr. Dzubinski is the author of Playing by the Rules: How Women Lead in Evangelical Mission Organizations and co-author of Women in the Mission of the Church: Their Opportunities and Obstacles Throughout Christian History.
Jacqueline Grey is professor of biblical studies at Alphacrucis College and an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches (AG in Australia). She served in church planting in West Asia from 2015–2018, and has taught the Bible in a variety of locations, including Malaysia, the UK, Bulgaria, Turkey, Fiji, and Australia. Dr. Grey’s research interests include Pentecostal hermeneutics, Isaiah, women prophets of the Hebrew Bible, and biblical ethics.
Nijay K. Gupta is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. He is the author of commentaries on Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Galatians. His recent books include Paul and the Language of Faith and A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Studies. Dr. Gupta is co-editor of The State of New Testament Studies and also co-editor of the planned second edition of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. His current project is a fresh study of the women leaders in early Christianity, Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church, which is due to be published in 2023.
Mimi Haddad is president and CEO of CBE International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (summa cum laude). She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University awarded Dr. Haddad an honorary doctorate of divinity in 2013. Haddad is an associate adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Young Lee Hertig is a co-founder and executive director of ISAAC Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity/AAWOL (Asian American Women On Leadership). Her recent publications include The Tao of Asian American Belonging: A Yinist Spirituality, and A Biblical Study Guide for Equal Pulpits.
In the 1990s, Evelyn Hibbert had the privilege of being immersed in a movement of thousands of Muslim women to Christ that faltered when its leadership was handed over to men. After that, she was invited into mission leadership and theological education but was marginalized in both contexts. Realizing that this is a common experience for women missiologists, Dr. Hibbert established the Angelina Noble Centre to provide a learning community that encourages and mentors women in missions scholarship and practice.
Cathy Hine’s diverse interests focus around her commitment to innovative and creative engagement at the intersection of mission, Islam, and women. A co-founder of the When Women Speak… network, she is presently the international director of ACT (Association for Cooperation and Transformation) and on the international leadership team of Interserve, as well as a part of the Angelina Nobel Women’s Mission Research Centre. She earned her PhD from The Australian National University. Dr. Hine is particularly passionate about creating safe spaces where women who follow Jesus out of Islam can, in community, explore faith and the many dimensions of its journey. She shares her writing on her blog, Untying Hard Knots.
Rajkumar Boaz Johnson
The Reverend Rajkumar Boaz Johnson is a professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University in Chicago. Dr. Boaz Johnson holds a PhD and ThM from Trinity International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MDiv from Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India, and a BA in Economics from University of Delhi. His writing has appeared in publications such as Christianity Today and The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. His research focuses on the relationship of evangelical Christianity to world religions.
Joanna Kretzer Chun is the director of program quality for international programs at World Relief. With over eighteen years of international development programming and leadership experience, her background spans the areas of gender mainstreaming, women's empowerment, child protection, faith leader engagement, and social norm change. She holds master’s degrees in intercultural studies and family studies from Fuller Seminary and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Peter Rios is a consultant and executive coach to diverse organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, leadership, and church and society. He is associate professor of organizational leadership and intercultural studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Dr. Rios holds a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary, has taught at the undergraduate to graduate level, and is the author of Untold Stories: The Latinx Leadership Experience in Higher Education.
Shari Russell is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) registered with Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been a Salvation Army Officer for 23 years with church appointments in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Sudbury. She has also been an adjunct instructor at Booth University College, Tyndale University, and George Fox University, and has served on the Board of Trustees for Booth University and as chairperson for the board of Indigenous Pathways. Currently residing in Hamilton, Shari is the Territorial Indigenous Ministries Consultant for The Salvation Army and has been seconded to NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community as the associate director. She is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia, through their partnership with NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community.