Jan
10
11:00 am11:00

Q & A with Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Ruth Padilla DeBorst yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. She has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America and beyond for several decades. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation. With her husband, James, she leads the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education (based in Costa Rica). She also has been associated with Christian Reformed World Missions, the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangélicos (IFES), and World Vision International. The Padilla DeBorsts live in Costa Rica as members of the Casa Adobe Community.


Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, organizational development consultant and a peace and social justice activist. He took an early retirement from his work as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala in 2012 to focus his energies on the work of peace and social-political justice in Uganda. Prior to that, he was Regional Director of the Church Mission Society’s work in Africa and spent 20 years of ministry among students in Uganda and all over English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa. He is now a Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uganda Christian University, leading a project on Religion, Culture and Public life.

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye


Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Daniel Jeyaraj is an Indian theologian with deep interests in World Christianity. He is Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University and is also the director of the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. His teaching and research primarily deal with the dynamics of Christian missions and their interaction with native cultures. He is a leading authority on the study of the Royal Danish-Halle Mission, Pietism, and the emergence of Protestant churches in eighteenth century India.

Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Jan
10
10:00 am10:00

Asian Roots of Christianity: Then and Now

Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Daniel Jeyaraj is an Indian theologian with deep interests in World Christianity. He is Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University and is also the director of the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. His teaching and research primarily deal with the dynamics of Christian missions and their interaction with native cultures. He is a leading authority on the study of the Royal Danish-Halle Mission, Pietism, and the emergence of Protestant churches in eighteenth century India.

Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Rev. Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj

Jan
9
7:00 pm19:00

Christianity on the Road to Emmaus: Presence, Power, and Promise

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, organizational development consultant and a peace and social justice activist. He took an early retirement from his work as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala in 2012 to focus his energies on the work of peace and social-political justice in Uganda. Prior to that, he was Regional Director of the Church Mission Society’s work in Africa and spent 20 years of ministry among students in Uganda and all over English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa. He is now a Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uganda Christian University, leading a project on Religion, Culture and Public life.

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

Jan
8
7:00 pm19:00

Mutual Belonging in the World Church

Keynote by Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Ruth is the Director of Christian Formation and Leadership Development, World Vision International

Ruth Padilla DeBorst yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. She has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America and beyond for several decades. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation. With her husband, James, she leads the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education (based in Costa Rica). She also has been associated with Christian Reformed World Missions, the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangélicos (IFES), and World Vision International. The Padilla DeBorsts live in Costa Rica as members of the Casa Adobe Community.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Jan
8
4:00 pm16:00

Church and State in Contemporary Africa

A panel with Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye, Dr. Ernest Cole (English), and Dr. Virginia Beard (Political Science)


Dr. Virginia Beard

Dr. Beard is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Hope College. Dr. Beard received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a focus in International Development, African Politics, and Public Policy. The following is from Dr. Beard's faculty page:

"Dr. Beard's areas of specialization are comparative politics, focused on Africa, as well as public policy. Her research interests are in the areas African political development; democratization; conflict and stability; land rights in Africa; the role of institutions in political development; identity politics with a focus on gender, religion and ethnicity; public policy in political development; international political and economic development; and global studies. Dr. Beard has spent much time in Kenya and has language experience in both Swahili and German."


Dr. Ernest Cole

Dr. Ernest Cole is an Associate Professor of English at Hope College. His Ph.D. is from the University of Connecticut.

You can read more about Dr. Cole at his faculty page here.

Dr. Ernest Cole

Rt. Bishop Zac Niringiye

The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, organizational development consultant and a peace and social justice activist. He took an early retirement from his work as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala in 2012 to focus his energies on the work of peace and social-political justice in Uganda. Prior to that, he was Regional Director of the Church Mission Society’s work in Africa and spent 20 years of ministry among students in Uganda and all over English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa. He is now a Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uganda Christian University, leading a project on Religion, Culture and Public life.

Rt.  Bishop Zac Niringiye