Missions Faculty and Staff

Missions Faculty

Doug BirdsallDoug Birdsall, Ph.D. (cand.)

Director, J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions

B.A. (Wheaton College); M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Th.M. (Harvard University); Ph.D. cand.(Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)

Doug and Jeanie Birdsall lived for 20 years in Japan where they served with Asian Access in the areas of student evangelism, church planting and leadership development. In 1999, they returned to their alma mater, Gordon-Conwell, where Doug helped to establish the J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions, which he now directs. In 2004, Doug was also appointed to serve as the Executive Chair of the Lausanne Movement. He continues to serve as the CEO of Lausanne today.

Doug and Jeanie are re-settling in their home on the Gordon-Conwell campus after providing leadership for the Third Lausanne Congress which was held in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2010. The Congress, referred to by Christianity Today as the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in history, brought together 4200 participants from 198 countries, including representatives from the World Council of Churches, the Orthodox Patriarchs, and the Vatican.  Doug and Jeanie have three children, all born and raised in Japan, and two grandchildren.


Paul BorthwickPaul Borthwick, D.Min.

Adjunct Professor of World Missions
Director, Overseas Missions Practicum

B.A. (University of Massachuestts); M.Div., D.Min. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

Dr. Borthwick teaches missions at Gordon College and serves as the Director of the Overseas Missions Practicum at Gordon-Conwell. He and his wife, Christie, serve on the staff of Development Associates International, a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world. Dr. Borthwick also serves as Urbana/Missions Associate with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (www.urbana.org). His ministry focuses on three priorities: mobilizing others for cross-cultural ministry, encouraging the ongoing growth of older leaders, and motivating the development of younger leaders. He serves as a resource person, speaker, teacher and author.

You can find out more about Dr. Borthwick and his publications here.


Todd JohnsonTodd M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Research Fellow in Global Christianity
Director, Center for the Study of Global Christianity

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (William Carey International University)

As a Research Fellow in the Study of Global Christianity and the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC), Dr. Johnson researches the status of Christianity and world religions in every people, language, country and city. He is also a visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. Dr. Johnson is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill). While under his leadership, the Center’s statistics have been frequently quoted in the media (recently ABC, BBC, Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Economist).

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Tricia, have three daughters: Laura, Claire and Valerie. As a family, they enjoy bike riding, hiking, camping and international food. Dr. Johnson enjoys used bookstores, collecting music and film from around the world and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Click here to find a list of Dr. Johnson’s publications, as well as a more thorough profile and his curriculum vitae.


Peter KuzmicPeter Kuzmic, Th.D.

Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Missions and European Studies

B.A. (Southern California College); M.A. (Wheaton College Graduate School); M.Th., Dr. theol. (University of Zagreb)

A native of Slovenia and a citizen of Croatia in former Yugoslavia, Dr. Kuzmic is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and an internationally recognized authority on a Christian response to Marxism and Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. He divides his time between teaching and missionary roles in the Balkans. He is the founding president of the Evandeoski Teoloski Fakultet in Zagreb/Osijek, Croatia, the first evangelical theological college in Eastern Europe with an accredited graduate program. Together with Phillip Hogan and Dr. Yongi Cho, he helped found the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and its humanitarian arm, the WAGRA, and he serves on their executive committees.

An award-winning writer, Dr. Kuzmic has authored eight books and hundreds of articles, as well as contributed to numerous compendiums, handbooks and encyclopedias. He and his wife, Vlasta, divide their time between their home in Massachusetts and in the Balkans.

Click here to find a list of Dr. Kuzmic’s publications, as well as a more thorough profile and his curriculum vitae.


Paul MartindalePaul Martindale, D.Min.

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

M.Div., D.Min. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

Dr. Paul Martindale is a ministry professional with 25 years of experience in ministry to Muslims, having spent 18 years in a cross-cultural church-planting ministry in North Africa. He and his team were successful in planting a church in a Muslim country made up entirely of Muslim converts.  Dr. Martindale has been teaching at Gordon-Conwell since 2007 and designed the Islamic Studies Track for the MAME degree.  His passion is teaching and mentoring students preparing for ministry with Muslims. In addition to his teaching role at Gordon-Conwell, he serves as the Academic Director and Professor of the Summer Institute on Islam in Philadelphia training program. Dr. Martindale spends part of his time training churches in North America how to develop effective ministries to Muslims in their communities.  He has published articles on dialogue with Muslims, ministry to Diaspora Muslims, and Muslim evangelism.  He and his wife, Michele, reside in Lynnfield, MA and have three children.

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Xiyi (Kevin) YaoXiyi (Kevin) Yao, ThD

Associate Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies  Coming January 2012!

B.A. (Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China);  M.A. (Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China); M.T.S. (Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminaries); Th.D. (Boston University School of Theology)

Dr. Yao comes to Gordon Conwell with 10 years of ministry experience in Hong Kong and mainland China. His career as a theological educator officially started in 2003, when he became an assistant (later associate) professor at the Department of Theological Studies, China Graduate School of Theology (CGST), located in Hong Kong.  In addition to a church history and Chinese culture professor, he has also played a variety of other roles such as the book review editor for the school’s journal, students’ spiritual formation mentor, and coordinator of Mandarin program.  
Dr. Yao’s research interests include the fundamentalist and evangelical movements in China and America; comparative studies of Christianities in China, Korea and Japan; history of Christian pacifism in China; Chinese traditional religions and culture, and their relation with Christianity; Christian thoughts in contemporary China. He has published widely in English as well as Chinese.

A native of Beijing, Dr. Yao is married to Szewai Ho who was born and raised in Hong Kong. They have a son named Evan.  Dr. Yao enjoys classic music and jogging.

Click here to find a list of Dr. Yao’s publications, as well as a more thorough profile and his curriculum vitae.


Missions Staff

Kristin GelinasKristin Gelinas, M.A.

Global Programs Administrator

B.A. (Gordon College); M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

Kristin Gelinas serves as the Global Programs Administrator at Gordon-Conwell, working with Doug Birdsall in the J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions. She helps to integrate and coordinate the missions activities and events of the Seminary, including the daily Prayer for the Nations, the annual fall Missions Conference, the monthly Global Conversation Series gatherings at the Wilson House, and the Overseas Missions Practicum. She has participated in several missions trips throughout Latin America and has a background in student development and spiritual formation. Kristin is passionate about working with and mobilizing students for leadership and service both locally and abroad.


J. Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions