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Anne Zaki | Egypt
PhD in Homiletics, Fuller Theological Seminary (USA)
A professor at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (a VSI client school), Anne is comparing distinctive preaching and worship traditions of oppressed African American and Arab Christian communities.
Eric Sarwar | Pakistan
PhD in Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary (USA)
A gifted musician and the founder of the Tehillim School of Church Music & Worship in Pakistan, Eric is developing resources for Christian-Muslim peacemaking through the sacred musical heritage of the Psalms.
Sofanit Abebe | Ethiopia
PhD in New Testament, University of Edinburgh (UK)
A faculty member at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (a VSI client school), Sofanit is constructing a biblical theology of creation and suffering to address Africa’s mounting environmental crisis.
Jhohan Centeno | Colombia
PhD in Biblical Studies, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UK)
A professor at Colombia Biblical Seminary (FUSBC, a VSI client school), Jhohan is examining the biblical roots of Pentecostal perceptions and practices of anointing for healthier models of church leadership.
Sara Afshari Sarjaz | Iran/Cypress
PhD in World Christianity, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Drawing on her experience with SAT-7, a ministry that uses satellite television to reach Christian converts and leaders in closed countries, Sara is exploring the impact of Christian media in Muslim contexts.
Valentyn Syniy | Ukraine
PhD in Theology, South African Theological Seminary (South Africa)
As President of Tavriski Christian Institute (Ukraine), Valentyn is studying educational leadership and governance to further advance the development theological education in Eastern Europe.
Salome Simeon | India
PhD in Psychology, Christ University (India)
Salome is investigating the cultural factors for depression in India. Upon graduation, she will lead the newly developed counseling department at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAICS, a VSI client school).
Edmond Vanderpuye | Ghana
PhD in Theology & Development, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (UK)
As Executive Director of International Needs Ghana, A holistic development ministry, Edmond is researching sustainable models for Christian social enterprise.
Susan Murithi | Kenya
PhD in Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary (USA)
Susan is a pastor and professor at Kenya Methodist University. Her research on contextual discipleship and urban lay ministry will guide her future ministry, as Kenya’s urban population is expected to quadruple by 2050.
Jose Thontwa | DR Congo
PhD in Systematic Theology, Faculté de Théologie Évangélique de Bangui (Central African Republic)
A pastor and a professor at the Protestant University of Ubangi, Jose is researching African Christian identity in Africa at FATEB (a VSI client school), which has maintained its PhD program amidst national turmoil.
Judy Wangombe | Kenya
PhD in Intercultural (Islamic) Studies, Africa International University (Kenya)
Judy is a missionary who is studying at AIU (a VSI client school) to become a professor with expertise in Islam. She is particularly interested in the folk Islam of the Borana Muslims in Northern Kenya.
Ara Badalian | Iraq
PhD in Historical Theology, Asia Graduate School of Theology (Malaysia)
A pastor in Iraq and adjunct faculty at Arab Biblical Theological Seminary (a VSI client school) in Beirut, Ara is researching the Eastern Church’s engagement with Islam during its rise in Iraq. Read about Ara’s work among refugees displaced by ISIS here.
Chung Man Anna Lo | China/Cambodia
PhD in Old Testament, Fuller Seminary (USA)
Originally from China, Anna served as a missionary and professor in Cambodia. Her research is on the Covenant in Exodus 19-24. Anna will be among the first in Cambodia to have an OT doctorate as she shapes theological education in the Buddhist nation.
Prabo Mihindukulasuriya | Sri Lanka
PhD in Church History, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
As Deputy Principal and Professor at Colombo Theological Seminary (a VSI client school), Prabo is studying how Christian humanitarian organizations campaigned for justice in colonial Ceylon in hopes of correcting historical associations of Christianity with colonialism.
Chongpongmeren Jamir | India
PhD in Church History, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (UK)
Meren is part of an exemplary faculty training program at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS, a VSI client school) that allows professors to teach and receive mentoring from senior faculty while completing degrees. He is slated to become the Church History Department Head.
João Aquino | Brazil
PhD in New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA)
A professor at Andrew Jumper Graduate School of Theology at Mackenzie University, one of Brazil’s oldest and most prestigious schools, João is analyzing the portrayal of economics and politics in Luke, with special attention to evangelical liberation theology.