Dr. Atola Longkumer
OMSC Senior Mission Scholar for the 2018–2019 Academic Year
Professor of Religion, South Asian Institue of Advanced Christian Studies Bangalore, India
'I would like to contribute what I can to realize a better world - God's kingdom - where values such as justice, peace, respect and care between people exist in reality... (and) to strive to be a true follower of Jesus not only in faith conviction but also in faithful expression in lived ways,' says Dr. Atola Longkumer, the senior mission scholar in residence at OMSC (September 2018 - May 2019). A fifth generation Baptist from Nagaland, she is the associate professor of religions and missions at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India, and coeditor of Theological Education and Theology of Life: Transformative Christian Leadership in the 21st Century: A Festschrift for Dietrich Werner (2017).
Previously Dr. Longkumer was associate professor of religions and Sanskrit at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, India. Her research interests are in Christian mission and writing native history, religious conversion, mission and modernity, gender issues, inter-religious dialogue, and indigenous/tribal peoples' identity.
Dr. Paul Louis Metzger
OMSC Senior Mission Scholar—Spring 2018
Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture,
Founder & Director of The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins,
Multnomah University and Seminary
Dr. Metzger has served at Multnomah University and Seminary in Portland, Oregon since 1999 when he finished his doctoral studies at King’s College London. He and his family have lived in England and Japan. Most of his writings are in the areas of Christian theology and theology of culture. They include The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003); Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (editor; T. & T. Clark International, 2005); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011); Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, 2012); and Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend (with a foreword and responses by Zen Buddhist Abbot Kyogen Carlson, Patheos, 2015). Dr. Metzger’s current research projects include a volume on the Beatitudes to be published with Cascade and a Trinitarian social ethics for IVP Academic in addition to works on missional theology. He also serves as editor of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture and writes regularly at his Patheos blog column titled “Uncommon God, Common Good.” Dr. Metzger has recently completed overseeing a “Science for Seminaries” grant at Multnomah Seminary through the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program.
Dr. Scott W. Sunquist
OMSC Senior Mission Scholar—Fall 2017
Dean and Professor of World Christianity
School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Sunquist came to Fuller in July of 2012 after teaching missiology and Christian history at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Previously he was a Presbyterian missionary teaching in the areas of Asian Christianity and ecumenics at Trinity Theological College in Singapore (1987–95). Most of Dr. Sunquist’s writing is in the areas of Asian Christianity, global Christianity, and missiology. He is the editor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity (Eerdmans, 2001) and co-author of A History of the World Christian Movement, Volume I(Orbis Books, 2001) and Volume II (2012). He also coedited a volume with his daughter, Caroline N. Becker, of A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944–2006 (WJK, 2008). His most recent volumes include Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory (Baker Academic, 2013), The Unexpected Christian Century (Baker Academic, 2015), and Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology, and Mission (IVP, April, 2017).