Robert Priest is the G. W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies Professor of Mission and Anthropology at TEDS. Born to career missionaries, he was raised in Bolivia, and he eventually returned to South America, conducting nearly two years of anthropological field research among the Aguaruna of Peru. Dr. Priest’s research interests include ethnicity, short-term missions, witchcraft, preaching and culture, money and missions, and religious conversion. He serves as vice president on the boards of both the American Society of Missiology and the Evangelical Missiological Society.
Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity, David Pao taught and preached at the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island while completing his doctoral work at Harvard, where he majored in Greco-Roman World/Early Christianity. He has taught as a visiting professor in several institutions in Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Pao is also involved in a number of Bible translation projects, and he is currently serving as the New Testament editor of the Tien Dao Bible Commentary series and the consulting editor of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series.
Harold Netland was a missionary educator for nine years in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland was involved in ministries among university students, assisting in church planting, and teaching at Tokyo Christian University. Netland’s areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Vernon Hills, IL.