Missions Faculty & Staff

The J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions exists to assist the local church in fulfilling its global mission by fostering a global vision among the Gordon-Conwell community, equipping leaders in the global Church and serving as a bridge between the seminary and the world. We are delighted to have the following faculty and staff at Gordon-Conwell to fulfill this vision.

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Missions Faculty

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.

Director, Center for the Study of Global Christianity

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

As Associate Professor 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.

Click here to find a more thorough profile of Dr. Martindale.

Xiyi (Kevin) YaoXiyi (Kevin) Yao, ThD

Associate Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies

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.

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Missions Staff

David RoRev. David Ro 

Director of the J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions

M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; MBA (Peking University); Ph.D. cand. (Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)

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.

Contact Information

For more information about the J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions, please contact us by email at missions@gcts.edu or by phone at 978-646-4162 or 800-294-2774.

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