People on the Move

Missions Emphasis Week | October 8-10, 2013

Speakers  |  Schedule  |  Chapel  |  Lunch Forums  |  Evening Events

 Missions Fair  |  Details


All Missions Emphasis Week events are free and open to the public. Please note that the evening schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently for event details and updates.

Missions and Diaspora

Never have so many people lived in transition. National political and tribal unrest, religious persecutions, economic and educational disparities, even natural disasters have forced thousands and even millions to leave their homeland. How does the global migration of so many people impact the mission of the church? What are the challenges and opportunities of serving these People on the Move? Join us this year as we explore together the dynamics of missions to the diaspora.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.

Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary

  • B.A. (Rice University), Th.M. (Dallas Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (University of Sheffield, England)
  • Member of the international editorial boards of Religion & Theology (South Africa) and DavarLogos (Argentina)
  • Contributing editor of Prism (the Journal of Evangelicals for Social Action) and Editorial Consultant for Ex Auditu
  • Affiliated with the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Old Testament Study (Great Britain), Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana, and Evangelicals for Social Action
  • A board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)

Dr. Todd M. Johnson

Associate Professor of Global Christianity & Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (William Carey International University)
  • A visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs
  • 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)
  • Editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill)
  • A member of the Lausanne Strategy Working Group and the Missions Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance

Schedule of Events: Tuesday, October 8–Thursday, October 10

Each day of Missions Emphasis Week (Tuesday-Thursday), there will be a morning chapel session held in the Kaiser Chapel followed by a lunch forum in Alumni Hall. There are also special evening events scheduled that we hope you will take advantage of. We hope you will also take advantage of the Missions Fair that will take place in the Pierce Great Hall daily during Missions Emphasis Week. We have twelve missions organizations represented who would love to have the opportunity to talk with you.

  • Click here to download a copy of the Missions Emphasis Week schedule.

Chapel Worship & Keynote | 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

All chapel sessions will take place in the Kaiser Chapel at the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and take place from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Tuesday: Migration and Mission(s): Different Realities, A New Paradigm 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.

Wednesday: Diaspora and Mission: Probing Biblical Narratives to Reorient the Future of Mission(s)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.

Thursday: Faith on the Move
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Todd Johnson


Lunch Forums | 12:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

There will be a lunch forum each day following the chapel session. Tuesday and Wednesday forums will take place in Alumni Hall, located in the Kerr Building of the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Thursday's forum will take place in room 418 of the Kerr Building. Pizza will be provided for lunch each day for those who are not on the Gordon-Conwell meal plan.

Tuesday: Expansion of the Gospel through Ethnic Churches
Location: Alumni Hall
Description: This forum is a roundtable discussion with Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R., Dr. Bianca Duemling, Dr. Seong Hyun Park, Pastor Jeanette Yep and other practitioners on ethnic church growth, hosted by Rev. David Ro, Director, J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions. Click on the names below for the speaker biographies.

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.
M. Daniel Carroll Rodas is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary and founder of IDEAL, the Spanish-speaking lay-training program at the seminary. He serves as the spokesperson on Immigration for the NHCLC (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference) and is the author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. The second edition will appear in November.  He continues as an adjunct at the Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, where he taught for 13 years before coming to Denver.  Daniel and his wife of 37 years, Joan, have two grown sons (Matthew and Adam).
Dr. Bianca Duemling
Dr. Bianca Duemling is the Assistant Director of Intercultural Ministries at Emmanuel Gospel Center, an inter-denominational urban ministry organization in Boston, Massachusetts. The mission of Intercultural Ministries of EGC is “to connect the Body of Christ across cultural line for the purpose of expressing and advancing the Kingdom of God in Boston, New England, and around the world.” Bianca’s ministry largely involves applied research, training, consulting, networking, and collaboration.

Prior to joining the staff of EGC in 2010, Bianca was involved in intercultural ministry in different settings. She is a founding member of the Forum Intercultural Relations of Together for Berlin and the Foundation Himmelsfels, where she served two years as the project coordinator for an intercultural reconciliation project. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg, studying emerging immigrant churches in Germany and their relationship with mainline churches. Raised in the Southern part of Germany close to the black forest, Bianca earned her degree in European Community Education Studies as a licensed social worker in Koblenz and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Work and Conflict Management in Berlin. She has worked and studied in different countries such as England, Switzerland, India and Romania.
Dr. Seong Hyun Park
During his career, Dr. Park has held a number of leadership positions, including his current appointment as a board member at the Institute of Christian Leadership. He previously served as missionary for Palestinians in the West Bank; founded Boston Onnuri Church in Boston, MA; served as assistant preacher at Netivyah Messianic Jewish Congregation in Jerusalem, Israel; and has initiated several outreach ministry efforts around the globe.

He is co-editor of the Africanus Journal and the Africanus Monograph Series, and recently co-edited Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A Biblical and Theological Framework for the City (Wipf & Stock, 2013), a volume in the Urban Voice Series for which he serves as the series editor. Dr. Park’s scholarly interests include the Old Testament and its cultures, Biblical Hebrew, the analysis of cities in Iron Age Israel, and interpreting the Bible in the context of its own land. He and his wife, Dr. Hyun Gyung Jang live with their two sons in Arlington, MA, where they are involved in Covenant Church. Dr. Park also preaches at the Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana ELIM de Boston in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Pastor Jeanette Yep

Jeanette Yep has been serving on the staff of Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) as the pastor of global and regional outreach since 2007. For thirty years she was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where she served in various levels of campus and national leadership, including Vice President and Director of Multiethnic Ministries. Three years before coming to Grace Chapel, she traveled globally for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) as a special director of staff training and development, working with student movements around the world to develop younger leaders.

“Auntie Jeanette” is recognized by many for her creative role as emcee of the Urbana Missions Convention in 1990, 93 and 96. She has contributed significantly to IVCF’s commitment to multi-ethnicity in make-up and outreach. She helped plant a church in Chicagoland targeting previously churched and unchurched Asian Americans. Jeanette Yep graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Northwestern University and has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Regent College. She is one of the authors of Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents.

Jeanette enjoys gardening, which for her is a small way to "cooperate with God" and cooking.

Rev. David Ro
David serves as the Director for the Christy Wilson Mission Center at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as well as the International Deputy Director for the Lausanne movement in East Asia. He also chairs the Executive team for the English program at the Chinese Mission Conference 2013 in Baltimore. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David pastored for a few years in Boston before moving to East Asia to reach urban intellectuals and students. David launched an education consulting company in Beijing and has lived in China for over nine years. David is a frequent speaker, mobilizer and is a leading source for the church in urban China. David is currently working on a Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. David and his wife, Jackie, along with their three kids, currently reside in the greater Boston area.

Wednesday: The Role of Evangelical Churches on Immigration
Location: Alumni Hall
Description: This lunch forum features panel guests: Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R., Dr. Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, Ms Damaris Velasquez, Mr. Samuel Tsoi, moderated by Dr. Eldin Villafane. Click on the names below for the speaker biographies.

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll Rodas
M. Daniel Carroll Rodas is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary and founder of IDEAL, the Spanish-speaking lay-training program at the seminary. He serves as the spokesperson on Immigration for the NHCLC (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference) and is the author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. The second edition will appear in November.  He continues as an adjunct at the Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, where he taught for 13 years before coming to Denver.  Daniel and his wife of 37 years, Joan, have two grown sons (Matthew and Adam).
Dr. Ruth Melkonian-Hoover
Ruth Melkonian-Hoover is chair and associate professor of the Political Science Department at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Her current research is on evangelicals and immigration policy in the United States. Other scholarly interests include Latin America, immigration, women and politics, and religion and international affairs. She has published articles in Social Science Quarterly, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Latin American Perspectives, and Political Research Quarterly. Ruth is married to Dennis Hoover and is the mother of Isaac (9) and Gabriella (2).
Ms Damaris Velasquez
Damaris Velasquez is the co-founder and Director of Programs of Agencia ALPHA, an advocate for integrating new immigrants in the economic, social, civic and cultural life of Boston. Damaris is a frequent speaker in community and civic events, and played a strategic role in acquiring City Councilors’ endorsements to pass a resolution in 2010 that made Massachusetts a “Welcoming State” for immigrants. The Spanish newspaper “El Planeta” recognized Damaris as one of the 100 most influential people in the Latino Community in Massachusetts in 2013. An immigrant from Guatemala, she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Cambridge College. Damaris recently married Yorick Velasquez and resides in Natick.
Mr. Samuel Tsoi
Samuel Tsoi coordinates early education initiatives at the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, including professional development trainings, research and community outreach. He also provides support to the Interagency Human Trafficking Taskforce.  Samuel is also a freelance journalist, covering China and a variety of issues facing Asian Americans and migrant communities. He is a graduate of Gordon College, earned a master’s in public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is currently a Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Thursday: A Response to Chapel Message: Faith on the Move with Dr. Todd Johnson
Location: Kerr 418
Description: Join Dr. Todd Johnson for lunch as he takes us further in responding to his message, "Faith on the Move." There will be time for Q&A as well.

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Special Evening Events:

Join us each evening during Missions Emphasis Week. Tuesday evening, you are invited to hear from our missions representatives on a variety of topics. Please RSVP for the Tuesday evening sessions at the link provided. There will also be an open house at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity in the D Building on campus. We hope you will join us for that as well. Wednesday evening we will have a film showing in Alumni Hall with a discussion led by Dr. Todd Johnson. And we hope you will join us for the final evening of Missions Emphasis Week in the Kaiser Chapel as we gather together to end in worship and reflect together about the week.

Dinner Workshops

Tuesday, October 8 | 5:15–6:30 p.m.
Location: Various Academic Center Classrooms
Description: Sponsored by global mission organizations. Dinner will be provided only with an RSVP no later than Monday, October 7 by 12:00 p.m. (You are welcome to bring your own meal.) Click on the topics below for more information on the speaker and the session.
RSVP: Click here to register for the dinner for this evening's workshops.

A Day in the Life of a Bible Translator (AC 354)

Wycliffe Speaker: Emma Kuipers, Bible Translator from Chad

There is no “typical day” in translation work! Come find out what life and work on the field are like for people working in linguistics and Bible translation. You’ll hear about the process and the challenges of translating God’s Word into another language (sometimes still unwritten!).

Gospel Justice: Reaching the Unreached in East Asia (AC 234)

OMF International Speakers: Jason Wu and Steve Niphakis

Gospel injustice exists where people don’t have the opportunity to know and respond to Christ’s invitation to follow him. Come and hear stories about what God is doing in East Asia through OMF International among those who are least reached.

A. How to Prepare for Life on the Mission Field (AC 254); B. Ministry to Muslims: The Last Frontier? (AC 254)

This session will be split between two talks:

A. WorldVenture Speaker: Nate Pache

A workshop outlining what challenges are faced in church partnerships, building a support base and preparing for life overseas. This workshop will also review current trends of global missions and how this impacts you.

B. Frontiers Speakers: Rob and Iris Antonucci

1.6 billion Muslims make up the major block of those waiting to hear the Good News. Are Muslims hostile to the Gospel? Is Islam really about peace? Is seminary training valuable for reaching Muslims?  Hear amazing things God is doing among Muslims, the controversies (theological, Bible translation issues, Insider Movements), the opportunities among growing movements of Muslims to Jesus, women in ministry to Muslims, raising a family in a Muslim country…

A. Being Effective: Learning to Lead Yourself Well (AC 252); B. Local Pastor, Global Impact (AC 252)

This session will be split between two talks:

A. Christar Speaker: Stephen Wibberley

Our disciples become what we are. Is that what we want? We all have training, knowledge and experience to equip us in serving God, but these won't help if we don't lead ourselves well; we will be ineffective.  Jesus' short description of leading ourselves well is found in Mark 8:34  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. "  We'll be talking about how to do this in practical and biblical ways. It will lead you to being effective!

B. Pioneers Speaker: Justin Schell

God has led you to the pastorate, and you find the challenges of leading the local church rewarding, but extremely demanding.  Between preaching, counseling, leading, and logistics, one area that easily slips through the cracks is leading your people into mission involvement both locally and globally.  Join us as we dive into these issues.  We hope to provide you with guidance and resources that will help you succeed in this critical, but often overlooked, area.

Center for the Study of Global Christianity Research Briefing & Open House

Tuesday, October 8 | 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Study of Global Christianity Offices, D Building (5 Russell Conwell Court)
Presenter: Dr. Todd Johnson

Iraqi Christian Documentary Film Viewing & Discussion

Wednesday, October 9 | 8:00 p.m.–9:15 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall
Moderator: Dr. Todd Johnson

Closing Worship & Prayer

Thursday, October 10 | 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: Kaiser Chapel
Message: Rev. David Ro, Director, J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions
Reflections: International Students

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Daily Missions Fair:

Tuesday–Thursday | 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Pierce Great Hall)

Come browse the missions fair displays located in the newly renovated Pierce Great Hall and get connected with representatives from a number of global mission organizations and ministries that serve worldwide. 

Missions Organizations Represented:



Cost & Registration:
All the events during Missions Emphasis Week are free of charge and open to the public. The only RSVP required is for the Dinner Workshops on Tuesday, October 8th. Please use this link to register for the dinner on that evening.
Directions & Public Transportation:

Directions: Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.

  • Click here to download a map of the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Public Transportation: Gordon-Conwell is located near commuter rail stops, however, you must find transportation from the train stop to campus. The closest commuter rail stops are on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line at North Beverly or Hamilton/Wenham. Click here for a link to the MBTA and train schedule.

Room Locations & Schedule of Events:

Missions Emphasis Week will take place on the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Most of the locations for each session is listed next to the events above. Chapel sessions will take place in the Kaiser Chapel of the Academic Center. Lunch forums will take place in Alumni Hall or a Kerr Classroom, and the evening sessions will take place in various locations throughout the campus.


  • Click here to download a schedule of events for Missions Emphasis Week.
  • Click here to download a map of the Kerr Building
  • Click here to download a map of the Acadmic Center
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This year's Missions Emphasis Week is underwritten by the Paul E. And Eva B. Toms Lectureship in Global Christianity endowment, with gratitude to its donors and in honor of the vision and ministry of Dr. and Mrs. Paul E. Toms.