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On June 8, 2022, Dr. Kirsteen Kim delivered the inaugural Gailyn Van Rheenen Lecture in Mission and World Christianity at the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Kim is the Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the ...

Martin Rodriguez sits down with Enoch Wan, professor of intercultural studies and director of the doctor of education and doctor of intercultural studies programs at Western Seminary (Portland, OR). They discuss diaspora missiology, the relational mission paradigm, and the the deficiencies of "functional" missionary anthropology.

Our Guest

Enoch Wan is professor of intercultural studies and director of the doctor of education and doctor of intercultural studies programs at Western Seminary (Portland, OR). He holds a BA in social sciences (Nyack College), an MTS in New Testament studies and counseling (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), and an MA and a PhD in anthroplogy (State University of New York at Stony Brook).

In addition to numerous affiliations and roles in professional organizations, Wan is a past president of the Evangelical Missiological Society, the founder of Global Missiology, and a board member of Worldwide Bible Society (USA) and Tien Dao Christian Media Association.

Wan has been involved in missioloigical education for over 40 years, including directing doctoral programs for 20 years in two US seminaries. He was involved in church planting in metro-New York in the 1970s and metro-Toronto in the 1990s. In the 1980s, he and his family were sent by the C&MA Canada to the Philippines and Australia where he served as a teaching missionary. In addition, he served as president of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society) for two terms.

He has authored a dozen books in English and ten books in Chinese in addition to numerous articles and co-authored and co-edited volumes.

Publications Mentioned

  • Diaspora Missiology: Reflections on Reaching the Scattered Peoples of the World (co-editing with Michael Pocock), EMS Series 23 ( Pasadena: William Carey Library: 2015).

  • Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, rev. ed. (Portland, OR: Institute of Diaspora Studies, 2014).

  • “The Paradigm of ‘Relational Realism,’” Occasional Bulletin of the Evangelical Missiological Society 19, no. 2 (2006): 1-4.

  • “Critique of Functional Missionary Anthropology,” His Dominion, 8, no. 3 (1982):18-22.


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