PACIFIC_GFM_MapI am the Pacific Area Director for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. When my provisional appointment becomes a full appointment, I will be responsible to supporting existing and starting new ministries for Graduate Students and Faculty on college campuses in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Southern Oregon, and Hawaii.

When I was called to enter full-time ministry at Urbana 1981, I never imagined that I would embark on a journey into graduate studies, academia, and church ministry. It has been a great privilege to equip seminary students, to rub shoulders with religious, theological, and historical studies faculty, and to co-labor with Asian American pastors and church leaders over the years! Now I have the opportunity to return to my roots.

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I’m convinced that the 3,025,000 graduate students and 1,500,000 faculty on U.S. campuses today will make a tremendous impact on industry, politics, the university, and the church. Intervarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministry is strategically placed to cultivate a Christian worldview among tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. We seek to plant and grow witnessing communities of grad students and faculty committed to spiritual formation, community, evangelism and service, and the integration of faith, learning, and practice.

Because my appointment is still provisional, I still have much to learn about the work in my area. But I believe that the following broad goals are possible:

Currently, we have grad student communities at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and U.C. Santa Cruz. I don’t believe we have any active faculty ministries. In 2018-19, I hope to help plant grad student and faculty ministries in at least four new universities and colleges. I also hope to start at least five local church – campus partnerships.
Estimated:  $100,000

We will continue to train students and faculty in friendship evangelism and service rooted in biblical social justice/responsibility. Also, we plan to increase our outreach to international students, Black, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and women students and faculty.
Estimated: $30,000

We seek opportunities to expand focused discipleship for professions, deepen and broaden scripture exploration, develop faculty conferences, and explore opportunities to bridge local churches with graduate students and faculty.
Estimated: $23,500


We live in a time of great uncertainty in our world and deep division within the American church. But I still believe that Christianity, when lived out by influencers who are well-rounded and deeply-grounded in their faith, can be a positive force for our common life and a source of healing for our broken world. If you share this conviction with me, please consider being my partner! Join my team of prayer intercessors, volunteers, and financial supporters! Email me at tim.tseng@intervarsity.org

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May God’s peace and joy fill you up!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 Ph.D.
Pacific Area Ministry Director (provisional)
November 22, 2017

More background….

I was Pastor of English Ministries at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church in San Jose, CA (2010-2017), Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (2006-2011)

At Denver Seminary (1994-1996), I started my ministry as a theological educator as Assistant Professor of Church History. I then served as Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School  (1997-2000). My last full-time faculty position was as Associate Professor of American Religious History and Director of the Asian American Center at the American Baptist Seminary of the West at the Graduate Theological Union (2000-2006).

I  received my Ph.D. in American religious history and Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York (1994 and 1987).  During this time I was a Youth and Associate Pastor at the Brooklyn Chinese Christian Church (1986-1992).

My academic interests center on Asian and Asian American religious history, Asian Christianity, race and religion in United States, the Chinese Diaspora, American religion, and theology of cultural engagement. I’ve written for several journals and books, including

  • Columbia Guide to Religion in American History
  • Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology
  • Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations
  • Realizing the America of our Hearts: Theological Voices of Asian Americans
  • Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America
  • Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism
  • The Social Gospel Today
  • New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans.

At the core of my calling is a desire to equip leaders (in particular, Asian and Pacific Islander American leaders) for congregations, community, and society. Since supporting local church ministry leadership has been at the heart of my life work, I have designed resources for those who serve in these ministry settings, such as the Asian American Christianity Reader and the “Five Cries of Asian American Young Adults Today.” In 2005, I facilitated the publication of “Asian American Religious Leadership Today” on behalf of the Pulpit and Pew Project.

For a complete list of my publications, look at My Publications page. Some of my leadership resources can be found on the ISAAC blog site.