Priscilla Anyango Adoyo is the Peacebuilding Program Director at the Institute for the Study of African Realities, at Africa International University. She has her B.Ed. from Nairobi University, her M.Div. from NEGST, an MA in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University, and her DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary. The focus of her doctoral study was on how church leaders in Jos and Kaduna, Nigeria, use the Bible to address issues of ethnic and religious conflict. Her passion is to bring positive change in society through training men and women to address African realities using Biblical principles.
Andy Alo (PhD) is a Translation Consultant trainee with the Seed Company (TSC) and lecturer in the Translation Department at Shalom University of Bunia (USB). He is also a lecturer at Institut Supérieur Pédagogique d’Aru. After the completion of his PhD in 2011, he taught Semantics, Pragmatics and Vernacular Scriptures at Africa International University. He grew up and lives in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a cross-cultural environment where geo-politico-economical, ethnic, and cultural confrontations can be observed. His research is oriented towards metaphor, translation, and applied linguistics. He has co-checked biblical texts with many language projects.
Henock Katiyi Banda is a third year student at Africa International University (MDiv-Missions studies). He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from African Bible College-Malawi (2004). Henock was born in Lilongwe and has been privileged to live in all the three Regions of Malawi. This broaded his view of the country’s cultural diversity. He is currently finalizing research on child-witch accusations conducted in Central Religion of Malawi entitled, “Social Outcomes of Child-Witch Accusations In Malawi: An Investigation of Discourses and Practices of Abundant Life Church Ministers.”
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (PhD) is Baëta-Grau Professor of African Christianity and Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana, where he also directs Graduate Studies and chairs the Center for the Study of Christianity in Africa. He has served as visiting scholar to Harvard University (2004); Luther Seminary, Minnesota (2007); and the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven (2012). Prof. Asamoah-Gyadu is a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group. He is author of African Charismatics (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005), Christianity, Missions and Ecumenism in Ghana (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2009), and Strange Warmth: Wesleyan Perspectives on Renewal, Ministry and Discipleship (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2011), among others.
Michael K. Bowen is an Associate Professor of Economics and Environment at the Department of Economics at Daystar University. Earlier, he was senior researcher at the Centre for Research, Publications and Consultancy and Postgraduate Bureau of Daystar University. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Moi University. He also holds an MSc. and BSc. in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University. His research interests are in the area of economics, agricultural risk, soil conservation, small-scale businesses, environment, economics and religion among other areas in the social arena. He has also supervised survey research focusing on religion and has presented papers at international conferences and published a number of articles in books.
Emily J Choge-Kerama (PhD) is a senior Lecturer at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. She teaches in the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology courses: Issues in social ethics, studies in the Old Testament, Studies in the New Testament, Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, Bible and Moral Issues, and Intercultural studies. She also prepares pastors and leaders in the ministry through the work of Africa International University. She graduated from University of Nairobi (BED), Africa International University (MDiv and MTh), Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D ). Her publications include “Hospitality in Africa” in the Africa Bible Commentary and “Social Ethics” in Global Dictionary of Theology.
Michael E. Dikki is a 2nd Year PhD (ICS) student at Africa International University, Nairobi and currently the Interim Pastor at Karen Community Church, Nairobi. He holds a Nigerian Certificate of Education (College of Education, Sokoto), an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication (Bayero University, Kano), an MBA (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria), and an M.Div. in Missions (Africa International University, Nairobi). His MDiv thesis was on Islamic strategies in converting Christians to Islam and its implication for Christian Discipleship. He is currently preparing to research the influence of Maududi’s Qur’anic interpretation on religious violence in northern Nigeria. He has written an unpublished paper on “Witchcraft phenomenon in Africa: cultural myth or reality?”
John F. Evans is an Old Testament lecturer and Head of the Biblical Studies Department at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Africa International University). After years in an American Presbyterian pastorate, he and his family moved to Africa in 1997 to work in theological education, first in Zambia, then Namibia, and more recently Kenya. John is the author of a monograph on The Prophecy of Ezekiel (forthcoming), and A Guide to Biblical Commentaries for Pastors & Students (9th edition, 2010). He holds memberships in the Society of Biblical Literature, Tyndale Fellowship, Old Testament Society of Southern Africa, and the Evangelical Theological Society. John also sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (JESOT) and is currently writing an article on the alleged sorcery in Ezekiel 13:17–23.
Keith Ferdinando is from the UK and teaches at Shalom University in Bunia, DRC. He has written The Triumph of Christ in African Perspective (1999) which touches on issues of witchcraft, The Battle is God’s (2012), and a brief article on witchcraft in Dictionary of Mission Theology (2007).
Zachs-Toro Gaiya is a PhD student at Trinity International University and a Pastor with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). He grew up, lives and, works in the northwestern region of Nigeria were socio-cultural and religious complexities (including witchcraft) battle against the Church that is growing exponentially. He has participated and Presented papers at the Evangelical Missiological Society regional conference.
Maggie Gitau is a graduate of the University of Nairobi (B.Ed, Linguistics& Literature), and NEGST (MA-Missions). She is currently a PhD student in Intercultural Studies, World Christianity at AIU. Maggie has experience in administration, management, pastoral care, research and cross-cultural missions from several years of working in two dynamic urban congregations, the Nairobi Chapel and Mavuno Church, and with a Chinese church in Nairobi. Maggie is interested in researching and writing on the rise, growth and influence of middle-class urban Christianity in Africa. Her dissertation project is focusing on Mavuno Church.
Tewoldemedhin Habtu (PhD) is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Africa International University (AIU). He also serves as Dean of Community Life in the same institution. He was Editor (OT/English) for the Africa Bible Commentary in addition to making several contributions to the same. He contributed a chapter to Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa, edited by Mary Getui, Knut Holter, and Victor Zinkuratire. He also contributed a chapter (“Peace in Israel during Old Testament Times) in a soon-to-be-published two-volume work on biblical foundations of peace, with specific reference to Africa.
Dana M. Harris has served as Assistant Professor of New Testament from 2010 to the present. Prior to that, she taught as an adjunct at TEDS from 2001 to 2009. Her dissertation topic was “The Eternal Inheritance in Hebrews: The Appropriation of the Old Testament Inheritance Theme by the Author of Hebrews.” Her research interests include Hebrews, Revelation, Greek syntax, linguistics, hermeneutics, historical backgrounds and Second Temple Literature, particularly apocalyptic literature. She is the editor of the Trinity Journal. Dr. Harris has taught Bible and theology classes in China and the Czech Republic. She is currently writing the volume on Hebrews for the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (Broadman & Holman).
Grace Itegi is a PhD student in Theology at AIU, and serves as administrative assistant for the doctoral program and has directed AIU extension program.
John Jusu earned his PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity International University in Deerfield. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya where he also teaches in the Educational Studies Department. John grew up in a small village in Sierra Leone, West Africa where witch and witchcraft are perceived to be real and powerful. His work across Africa as curriculum consultant in issues dealing with faith, life, learning and integration often bring the issue of witchcraft in acute focus as African institutions wrestle with the idea of having or not having modules or courses in witchcraft. John is also involved in faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa. John is married to Tity. They have three children.
Abram Kidd is a Canadian Christian who works with Africa Inland Mission and is currently studying in Africa International University’s Intercultural Studies PhD program (Missions track). He has an MCS in Old Testament studies from Regent College. He taught at a Nassa Theological College and worked in AICT churches in rural Tanzania for more than seven years. His research interest is in the area of conversion, particularly of the Sukuma people in AICT who have turned from traditional religion to Christ.
Caleb Chul-Soo Kim is Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at AIU, Nairobi, Kenya, where he teaches both Master’s and Ph.D. students in Islamic studies. He is also adjunct professor at the School of Intercultural Studies of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, USA, where he teaches anthropology for Korean students in graduate programs. His main research areas include Islamic supernaturalism (including Muslim magic and witchcraft), Swahili therapeutic jinn-possession, and comparative study of religions. He authored Islam among the Swahili in East Africa (Nairobi: Acton, 2004) and edited African Missiology (Nairobi: Uzima, 2009). Among his other articles is “Sihiri among the Swahili Muslims in Zanzibar: An Anthropological Analysis of the Belief and Practice of ‘Witchcraft’ in Zanzibar in Light of the Islamic View of Siḥr” (Muslim-Christian Encounter, Vol.5, No. 2, Dec. 2012).
Catherine Kitur is from Kenya and is a master’s holder in Missions with emphasis in Islamic studies; graduate of NEGST in the year 2008. Since graduation, she has been involved in training church leaders in Bible Colleges, which is Koru and Rift-Valley. In addition, she is a teaching assistant in Africa International University (AIU) in missions department. Currently, she is a second year student in PhD ICS program doing missions. My research area is in women’s infertility. The topic of my study is biblical and cultural interpretation of childlessness.
Samuel Waje Kunhiyop (PhD) is professor of theology/ethics, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Visiting Professor of Ethics, Bingham University, Karu, Nigeria. He is the current General Secretary of ECWA. Previously, he served as Provost, ECWA Seminary Nigeria, and head of Postgraduate School, SATS, Rivonia, SA. Among his publications are: Christian Relevance in Modern Africa (1997), The Poor: Good News for Africa’s Poor ( 2001), Witchcraft: A Philosophical and Theological Study (2002), “Witchcraft” in African Bible Commentary, (2006), African Christian Ethics (2008), The Challenge of African Christian Morality (2009), “Towards a Christian Communal Ethics: The African Contribution” in Cultural Encounters, Vol. 6, Number 2, (2010) African Christian Theology (2012).
Joshua Lusato is principal of Katunguru Bible School (AICT) in Tanzania and lives there. He is an MA in Missions student at Africa International University. His thesis is titled “The Perception of Witchcraft Beliefs and Their Social Outcomes Among AIC Buzuruga Christians in Mwanza, Tanzania.”
Scott M. Manetsch is a Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His areas of expertise include late medieval and Reformation history, with particular interest in John Calvin, Theodore Beza, French Protestantism, sixteenth-century Geneva, church discipline, and the pastoral office in the Reformation era. His publications include two major monographs, Theodore Beza and the Quest for Peace in France, 1572-1598 (Brill, 2000) and Calvin’s Company of Pastors. Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford, 2013) as well as a variety of articles devoted to Calvinism and French Protestantism in the age of Reformation. In addition, Dr. Manetsch is the associate general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press), and is presently preparing the RCS volume on 1 & 2 Corinthians.
Joseph N. Mavinga (PhD, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa) is a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Head of Old Testament Department at Bangui Graduate Evangelical School of Theology in Central African Republic. Born in the Mayombe forest (DRC), the son of a former Belgian colonial enterprise worker, Joseph studied at the Belgian Christian Brothers Schools. His research and writing interests have focused on the contextual reading of biblical texts, especially, of the Old Testament. The goal to be achieved is to reflect texts analyses in their contexts onto the current context of the reader. The dialogue of the two contexts provide us with insight on a new way of thinking, seeing and being. The contextual reading helps him to deal with several issues (witchcraft accusation included) in the African context. Among his publications is the article “The influence of the spirit world on African Leadership: A contextual reading of 1 Samuel 28: 1-25.” in Journal for Semitics, vol. 19/2 (2010): 499-526.
Thomas H. McCall is Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he also directs the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. He is the author of Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? (Eerdmans, 2010), Forsaken: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why It Matters (InterVarsity, 2012), and (with Keith D. Stanglin) Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Oxford, 2012). He is also the co-editor of Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity (Oxford, 2009), and he is the author of numerous essays and journal articles.
Mark Mercer received his DTh in Semitics and OT Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has taught Old Testament at AIU for more than 20 years. He has a special interest in exegesis and the cultural world of the Bible.
Henry Mutua has taught missions and intercultural studies at NEGST-AIU since 2000, and is the head of the department of intercultural studies. He focuses on urban missiology and also teaches in the area of African Traditional Religions. He holds an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in intercultural studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Henry’s wife is a lecturer in counseling psychology at Daystar University and they have two grown children, Lesly and Richard.
Justus Mutuku is a graduate of AIU (MDiv Theology), currently a Phd student in Theology at AIU. Justus has experience in Urban youth ministries for the Last 10 years of ministry with A.I.C. Milimani Nairobi. He is currently the University Chaplain – at Kabarak. Justus has interest in the area of popular culture especially as manifested among young people in the contemporary setting and its implication to the theological enterprise and faith practice in Africa. In the MTh World Christianity, his research interest has been on a Charm practice or the rising use of amulates among teenage students in Kenyan High Schools.
Peter Mweu is a second year PhD student (Intercultural Studies) in the Missions track at AIU. He is interested in conducting family-related research among predominantly Muslim communities. The matter concerning the encounter between modernity and contemporary Muslim family units is his primary research agenda. In the period 2005-11, he served as a SIM missionary in Khartoum. Likewise, he was an Independent Consultant in the Christian Commitment’s sector of World Vision Northern Sudan. While serving in this restricted context, Peter recognized the significance of taking contextual realities seriously. Regarding ministry practice, he affirms the importance of contacting Muslim people as “people first.”
David K. Ngaruiya is an Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at the International Leadership University (ILU). He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity international University and an M.Div. from Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST) now ILU. David is an external reader for Masters theses for several Kenyan universities. He has supervised several Masters theses. David teaches in several areas including research for graduate students, missional theology and leadership. He has been part of the team that first developed and researched on mobile phone technology in learning and has presented a paper on the same to the Association of Professors of Mission in 2011. He has published several articles including ‘The Trendy Giant Wounds: Some Lessons from the Church in Africa.”
James Nkansah-Obrempong (PhD) is Associate Professor of Theology at Africa International University and Dean of NEGST and serves as the Head of Theology Department, where he teaches Systematic Theology and Theology and Culture. He is the Vice-Chair of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission. He served as a visiting scholar at the Global Research Institute (GRI) at Fuller Theological Seminary (2010). He is the author of Visual Theology: Some Akan Cultural Symbols, Metaphors, Proverbs, and Myths about God and their Implications for Doing Christian Theology (2010). He has also authored numerous articles in Theological Journals. His research and writing interests focus on African Christian theology, theology and public life, theology and culture, ethics, and systematic theology.
Timothy Nyasulu is the Synod Moderator and Synod Education Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, in Malawi. He was born and brought up at Kacheche village, Mzimba District in northern region of Malawi. Timothy graduated from University of Malawi (BATh), University of Glasgow (MTh), and Trinity International University (PhD). He has been a theological educator for many years at Zomba Theological College (UNIMA affiliate), and for the past two years taught part-time at University of Livingstonia. One of his publications includes Missiology: A study of the Spread of the Christian Faith. He has also presented many papers. His PhD research was on Church Discipline. Currently Timothy is involved full time in pastoral work within the Synod and beyond. He also supervises Education in Synod’s mission schools (from Primary to College level). Issues of Witchcraft are among the pastoral concerns at heart.
George Ogalo is a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies Department at Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology (AIU). He is also a Teaching Fellow at AIU. He holds an MDiv from AIU, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Egerton University. Prior to his theological studies at AIU, he has been largely involved in student ministry with Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS), an affiliate of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), for a cumulative period of 10 years. In his on-going Doctoral Studies he is focusing on Noah’s curse in Genesis 9:18-27 from an inter-disciplinary and cognitive approach, aiming to have the Luo cultural system participate in the dialogue.
Simon Gisege Omare is a PhD student and Lecturer at Moi University in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His dissertation will focus on witchcraft.
Opoku Onyinah (PhD) is the Chancellor of Pentecost University College, Accra, Ghana, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost worldwide. He is a commissioner of World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches. The books he has authored include Pentecostal Exorcism: Witchcraft and Exorcism in Ghana (Blandford: Deo 2012) and Spiritual Warfare (Cleveland, Tennessee: CPT, 2012). He has also authored numerous articles in Theological Journals and chapters in books including “Deliverance as a Way of Confronting Witchcraft in Cotemporary Africa: Ghana as a Case Study”, in Veli-Matti Karkkainen (ed.), The Spirit in the World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009) and “African Healing Communities” in Christopher Thomas (ed), Pentecostal Ecclesiology (2010). His research and writing interests focus on witchcraft, exorcism, healing, Pentecostalism and pastoral books for the church public consumption.
Lawrence Oseje is a PhD student in Intercultural Studies (ICS-Islamic Concentration) at AIU. With an M.A and an MTh in Missions (Islamic Concentration), he is an adjunct faculty with Global University-Missouri USA. He has been a pastor in Living Word Bible Center in Mombasa, Kenya and Dean of the Living Word Bible School between 1992-2004. He has served as part-time lecturer at AIU, Cush Bible School in Sudan, All Nations Theological College in Uganda and is currently a lecturer at Uganda Christian University in Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology where he has pioneered a program, M.A in Islam for Mission. His area of research is: The Luo traditional Practices in Luo-Muslim Death, Mourning and Burial in Kendu-Bay: Socio-Economic Implications.
George Odero Ouma is a PhD student in systematic theology at AIU. He holds a Dip. Bible from Theo-Ukamba Bible College, a BA from Caribbean College of Bible, an MDiv from Columbia International University, an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University, and an MTh from AIU with a thesis titled: “A Philosophical and Theological Response to the African Problems of Evil: A Focus on the Problems of Mental, Moral and Natural Evil in the Luo Cosmology-Africa International University.” Currently he serves as a Research/Teaching Fellow in the areas of African theology and Philosophy of Religion and Christian Apologetics at AIU, and is a pastor with African Inland Church(AIC) Kenya. He formerly served as a lecturer in philosophy, ethics and eschatology at Scott Christian University (formerly Scott Theological College).
David W. Pao (PhD Harvard University) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA). His publications include Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus (Mohr Siebeck, 2000), Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme (InterVarsity, 2002), Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols (coeditor, Brill, 2003), Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, 2 vols. (TienDao, 2008, 2009), After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement (coeditor, Pickwick, 2011), and Commentary on Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan, 2012). He has also contributed to a number of collections of essays and reference works, including The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (vol. 10; Zondervan, 2007), Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker, 2007), and The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary (Baker, 2012). He is involved in a number of Bible translation projects, and 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.
Kersten Bayt Priest is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Bible and Theology (Columbia International University), an MA in Anthropology (University of South Carolina), and a PhD in Sociology (Loyola University, Chicago). She has twice received research grants from the Louisville Institute, and has carried out ethnographic research in South Carolina, Chicago, Peru, South Africa, India, and the Dominican Republic. Her publications have focused on ethnicity and race, on racial reconciliation in worship contexts, and on global religious volunteering by women. Current research interests include gender, Christian women’s international resource brokering through NGOs, issues of sex trafficking, use of media, and globalization. She has twice taught a sociology course entitled, “Magic, Witchcraft, and Power” and has an interest in new forms of neo-paganism in Europe and America, and in comparing ideas about witchcraft in these settings with those encountered in Africa.
Robert (“Bob”) Priest is G.W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies and Professor of Mission and Anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he teaches and coaches PhD students in research. Born to career missionaries, Bob grew up in the rainforest of Bolivia among the Siriono, and later conducted nearly two years of anthropological field research among the Aguaruna of Peru. His research and writing interests have focused on race and ethnicity, short-term missions, worship and culture, moral discourse, preaching and culture, money and missions, religious conversion, the anthropology of religion, and witchcraft. Among his publications is the article “Witches and the Problem of Evil” in Books and Culture (Nov-Dec, 2009).
Janice R. H. Rasmussen is an MPhil in Education student and International Student Coordinator at Africa International University. Previously she lived in Tanzania for 13 years, where she developed curriculum at Lake Victoria Christian College and taught courses on marriage, family, and education in Swahili. She participated in local women’s groups and visited many villages in rural NW Tanzania, often discussing witchcraft accusations. Before leaving for Africa in 1995, she was an Assistant Professor at the Univ of Minnesota Extension Service for 6 years, educating communities in family related issues. Her MA research was on Nigerian women living in Minnesota.
Steven D. H. Rasmussen (PhD) teaches intercultural studies and missions to masters and PhD students at Africa International University. In 1995, Steve moved from pastor in the USA to principal of Lake Victoria Christian College (LVCC) in Mwanza, Tanzania. His teaching and 2005-2008 ethnographic, missiological research was done primarily in Swahili. Among his journal articles, professional presentations, and book chapters are: “Who sent the mosquito? Illness causalities.” Two different presentations at Christian Medical and Dental Association conference. 14, 15 February, 2012; “Sickness and witchcraft in Northwestern Tanzania: Listening to Pentecostal Ministers” forthcoming; “Contextualized response to witch accusations in Tanzania” Paper presented at the American Society of Missiology annual meeting. June 2010; “A Case Study of Christian Response to Sickness, Death, and Witchcraft in Northwestern Tanzania” In African missiology: Contributions of contemporary thought. Nairobi: Uzima. 2009.
Josephine Katile Mutuku Sesi is a full time lecture at Africa International University (AIU)the school of Theology, in Mission’s Department. She holds BTh from Scott University (1990), Master of Divinity (MDiV) (1997) from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, M.Th. (2001)and Ph.D. (2007) from Fuller Theological Seminary. She teaches as a part time lecture at Daystar University – Kenya. Her dissertation on “Social Change Among Digo Muslim Women: Implications for Mission”, was published in 2009. She is a co-author of African Missiology: Contribution of African Thought (2009). She is also a founder of Kyeni International Organization that takes care of orphans and widows. Also work with a local church among the Digo on the Coast of Kenya. Josephine has three grown children, James, Judah, and Jesse, and they live in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mark Shaw is the director of the Centre for World Christianity and professor of historical studies at African International University. He and his wife Lois have served in Kenya under African Inland Mission for over 25 years. His training has taken him to the University of Edinburgh (Mth in World Christianity) and Westminster Theological Seminary (ThD in Reformation history). He is the author of Global Awakening: How 20th Century Revivals produced a Religious Revolution (IVP, 2010). He is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Bob Dylan and golf. What little he knows about witchcraft in Africa has come through listening to his students tell their stories.
Timothy (“Tim”) Stabell is Assistant Professor of Mission and program coordinator of the Global Studies program at Briercrest College and Seminary, Caronport, SK, Canada. Tim grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and then served in the DRC with his wife and children over a fourteen years period (1982-1996). His PhD dissertation at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was titled “The Modernity of Witchcraft” and Theological Contextualization in Contemporary Africa. He has also published “’The Modernity of Witchcraft’ and the Gospel in Africa” in Missiology (vol. 38, no. 4 (2010)). Another article to be entitled “The Existence of Witchcraft in Africa: A Response” has been accepted for publication in the Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Alongside his responsibilities at Briercrest, Tim also serves as adjunct faculty at the Shalom University of Bunia and the Bilingual Christian University of Congo, teaching courses in Theology of Mission and Cultural Anthropology.
Douglas A. Sweeney is Professor and Chair of the Church History and History of Christian Thought Department, and the Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center. His areas of expertise include the history of theology, history of Christianity, and American church history. He has written numerous books and articles about religious history. He is the coeditor of The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader (Yale University Press); the author of Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press); the editor of Jonathan Edwards’s “Miscellanies” Nos. 1153-1360, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 23 (Yale University Press); the co-editor of Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (University of South Carolina Press); the author of The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement (Baker Academic); and the author of Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (InterVarsity Press, forthcoming).
Gabriel B. Tait is a PhD candidate in the Intercultural Studies program at Asbury Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the impact of photography in cross-cultural missions, and the role photography plays in constructing and representing cultural identities. He recently developed the photographic research methodology, “Sight Beyond My Sight,” as way to learn about local cultures from local cultures. Prior to attending seminary, he served 20 years as a national and international newspaper photojournalist covering events in Iraq, Kosovo, Egypt, and numerous other countries for several of the top newspapers in the USA. He recently completed assignments in Haiti and the Middle East. In August, Gabriel will join the faculty of Arkansas State University as an Assistant Professor of Journalism.
Marie Tienou is an Instructor of English at the College of Lake County, near Chicago, Illinois. As wife of the Dean of TEDS, Marie Tienou leads the seminary professors’ wives’ fellowship an organization which collects donations, organizes women’s fellowship, and oversees collection and distribution of food and clothing for seminary families. Over the course of her life she has always been involved with women in Africa, acting as a resource broker, teacher, and encourager. For the past 10 years she has also been Instructor of English at the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois. She is the proud mother of 2 adult sons and 2 daughters — one of whom is married.
Tite Tiénou is Dean and Professor of Theology of Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Senior Vice President of Education at Trinity International University. Prior to coming to Trinity in 1997, Tiénou served as president and dean of the Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l’Alliance in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, taught at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York, and was the founding director and professor of Maranatha Institute in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in intercultural studies and the Master of Arts in missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Maîtrise en Théologie at Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique in France, and the Bachelor of Science in theology at Nyack College, New York. His areas of expertise include missions, theology, and the church in Africa. He has authored numerous books and articles.
Patricia K. “Pat” Townsend is Research Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Buffalo. Pat is author, with Ann McElroy, of the widely used university textbook, Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective (1st Edition, 1979; 5th edition, Westview Press, 2009). Her primary research has been in Papua New Guinea, where she and her family spent two years with the Saniyo-Hiyowe in the Upper Sepik. Saniyo beliefs about witches are discussed briefly in her chapter, “The Washed and the Unwashed,” in the book, Gender Rituals (edited by N. Lutkehaus and P. Roscoe, Routledge, 1995). While employed at the PNG Institute of Social and Economic Research, she did research for a further four years throughout the country on family health services, both mission- and government-run.
Rev. Haruna A. Tukurah is a minister with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). He has a Masters (M.A) in Old Testament and a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) in Christian Education, and serves with ECWA Camp Youth Alive (ECYA) as an Assistant Co’ordinator. He serves as an adjunct lecturer at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS). He brings significant experience working with orphans, many of whom have been accused of being witches, and will draw from this experience for his contribution to the colloquium.
Yusufu Turaki is a Professor of Theology and Social Ethics at the Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS) and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Church and Society (CRCS), He holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from Boston University and is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School. He was formerly General Secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and National Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and worked with the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and International Bible Society (IBS) in Nigeria and Kenya. He is author of several books, book chapters, articles, papers and manuscripts.
Michael Wambua is a PhD (Intercultural Studies) student at Africa International University. He holds a BA in Bible and Theology from East Africa School of theology and Master of Theology (MTh.) from the Daystar University. Michael is also a Pastor with The Nairobi Pentecostal Church –Woodley were he oversees Missions, education and Social Action. He has had practical encounter with witch accusation and witches fear within his context of ministry. Michael’s research interests include African Pentecostalism, Gender Relations, and African Theology.
K. Lawson Younger Jr. (PhD Sheffield University) is Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. A specialist in Assyriology and Aramaic, as well as Hebrew Bible, Dr. Younger has published a number of significant works involving ancient Near Eastern texts and their relationship to the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Conquest Accounts: A Study of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History Writing (1990), The Context of Scripture. 3 Volumes (1997-2002); The Canon in Comparative Perspective (1991); Mesopotamia and the Bible. Comparative Explorations (2002); Judges, Ruth (2002); and Ugarit at Seventy-Five (2007). He has also contributed to numerous collections of essays, dictionaries and journals. He is a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research, as well as an active member of the American Oriental Society, the International Association of Assyriology, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Among his many scholarly papers, he has given papers at the British Academy and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. He has recently been the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, Israel (2012). He is presently working on a book on the history of the Arameans.