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Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

President & Professor of Missiology

First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2019
Expertise: Asian Christianity, historiography, missiology, Christianity in the non-Western world


Dr. Scott W. Sunquist assumed the presidency on July 1, 2019. His inauguration is scheduled for October 11, 2019.

For the past eight years, Dr. Sunquist served as the Dean of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity at Fuller Seminary. Prior to this, he taught for seventeen years at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Sunquist and his wife, Nancy, served as missionaries in the Republic of Singapore from 1987–1995, where he was the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church and lecturer in church history, ecumenics, and Asian Christianity at Trinity Theological College. Before this, he was a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Virginia and Massachusetts.

He received his B.A. in History Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; his M.Div. (Summa cum Laude) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2017, he was the Senior Scholar in Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, CT.

Dr. Sunquist is married to Nancy Sunquist. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.


  • B.A. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Featured Publications

Full Publication List

  • 2019 Why Church? A Basic Introduction (Downers Grove, IL: IVP)
  • 2017 “Asia” in the Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies edited by Geoffrey Wainwright and Paul McPartlin (Oxford University Press)
  • 2017 Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology and Mission. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP)
  • 2016 “World Christianity Transforming Church History,” in World Christianity: Perspectives and Insights, edited by Jonathan Y Tan and Anh Q Tran, SJ (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books)
  • 2015 “Ancient Eastern Christianity: Syria, Persia, Central Asia, India” in Blackwell Companion to World Christianity edited by Lamin Sanneh (Oxford: Basil Blackwell)
  • 2015 edited with Amos Yong, The Gospel and Pluralism Today: Reassessing Lesslie Newbigin in the 21st Century. Wrote first chapter “The Legacy of Newbigin for Mission to the West.” (Downers Grove, IL: IVP)
  • 2015 The Unexpected Christian Century: Christianity from 1900-2000 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic) [Christianity Today book of the year for mission; also the American Society of Missiology Book of Excellence for 2015]
  • 2014 “Biblical Discipleship for Mission,” in Discipleship in the 21st Century Mission edited by Timothy K. Park and Steve K Eom (Seoul, Korea: East-West Center)
  • 2014 “Mission and Migration: The Church Migrant and Missional” Essays in Honor of Dr. Thu En Yu (Malaysia)
  • 2014 “Asia” in Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History and Culture in Regional Perspectives edited by Donald Lewis and Richard Pierard (Downers Grove, IL: IVP)
  • 2014 “Missionary Obligation and Global Transformation: 40 Years after Lausanne 1974” in Asia Missions Advance, April 2014 (pp 2-6)
  • 2013 “Biblical and Cultural Perspectives on Sexuality: Contextualization in Time and Space” in Journal of African Christian Thought. Vol 16 #2, December, 2013. pp 30-34.
  • 2013 Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic) [Christianity Today book of the year for mission]
  • 2012 with Dale T. Irvin, History of the World Christian Movement, Volume II (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books).
  • 2011 “Lausanne to Geneva, A Short Distance Really: Reflections on the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, Missiology: An International Review, Vol. XXXIX, no. 2, April 2011, Electronic Issue, pp. 35-43.
  • 2011 “Pathologies of Revitalization,” in Interpretive Trends in Christian Revitalization for the Early Twenty First Century, J. Stephen O’Malley, ed., (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2011).
  • 2011 “Asian Theological Education: The Long View,” in A Cultured Faith: Essays in Honour of Professor G.P.V. Somaratna on his Seventieth Birthday, edited by Prabo Mihindukulasuriya, Ivor Poobalan and Ravin Caldera (Columbo, Sri Lanka: CTS Publishing).
  • 2011 “Global Christianity (1700-Present),” Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan), Glen G. Scorgie, General Editor.
  • 2010 “Ancestor Veneration and Christianity: Overview,” The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), Daniel Patte, ed.
  • 2010 “Moffett, Mateer and McClure: Three Models, Two Continents, One Mission,” Pittsburgh Theological Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2010.
  • 2010 “Some Good News about Evangelism,” Panorama, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Vol. XLVIV, No. 1, Spring 2010.
  • 2010 “The Century that Changed the Religious Map: 1910-2010” in Mission and Theology, Volume 25; Spring, 2010.
  • 2009 “Time, the Lectures, and Redemption,” in Princeton Seminary Bulletin Volume 30, pp 180-192.
  • 2009 “Missio Dei: Christian History Envisioned as Cruciform Apostolicity,” Missiology, Vol. 37, No. 1, January, 2009.
  • 2009 “Asian Christianity: Facing the Rising Sun,” article for the volume, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, December, 2008 edition.
  • 2008 “American Christian Mission and Education: Henry W. Luce, William R. Harper, and the Secularization of Christian Higher Education,” in Christian Mission and Education in Modern China, Japan and Korea: Historical Studies, (Hamburg: Peter Lang Publishing, December 2008); Scott Sunquist, co-editor.
  • 2008 A History of Presbyterian Missions: 1944–2007, co-editor with Caroline N. Becker, (Louisville, KY: Geneva Press)
  • 2008 “The Importance of Shandong: A Missiological Study of Place,” in Ching Feng (a Chinese journal of theology, Hong Kong)
  • 2008 “Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Courses: On the Dangers of the Unconverted Seminary,” Presbyterian Outlook, August
  • 2007 “Niles, Daniel Thambiraja (1908-1970)” in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart.
  • 2007 “Dependent Dynamism: Toward a Missional Spirituality,” ReNews (Presbyterians for Renewal), December 2007.
  • 2006 “Presbyterian Mission in a Flat World, 3 Parts,” Presbyterian Outlook, December.
  • 2005 History of the World Christian Movement web site:
  • 2005 “21st Century Mission in a Global Context: Tribulation and Glory,” and “Spiritual
    Life of the Missionary: Putting on the Death of Jesus,” in World Mission in the 21st Century. Rethinking Mission: New Direction for a New Century. Seoul: Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary Press, 2001/2005.
  • 2005 “Christianity in Asia,” in Christianity: A Complete Guide, ed. by John Bowden (London: Continuum).


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