I am the Pastor of English Ministries at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church in San Jose, CA, former Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC), and former Associate Professor at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA).
At Denver Seminary (1994-1996), I began my theological educator ministry as Assistant Professor of Church History. Prior to that I was a Youth Pastor at the Brooklyn Chinese Christian Church (1986-1992). Between 1997-2000, I served as Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. My last full-time seminary 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).
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 for Asian and Pacific Islander American “evangelical” congregations. Thus, 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: A Preliminary Inquiry” on behalf of the Pulpit and Pew Project.
I look forward to discussions with people who read my blog!