Kirsteen Kim: Inaugural Gailyn Van Rheenen Lecturer

March 3, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Kirsteen Kim will give the inaugural Gailyn Van Rheenen lecture in Mission and World Christianity, titled “The Spirit of Mission and the Mission of the Spirit.”

Kim is the Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also the editor of the academic journal Mission Studies and a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, and was previously vice moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, chairing the drafting group of the mission statement Together Towards Life. She was research coordinator for the Edinburgh 2010 project, drafted its Common Call, and edited the Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series that emerged from it. She also edits the book series Theology and Mission in World Christianity (Brill). Her research interests include theology of mission, pneumatology, world Christianity, Korean studies, and development studies. Kim is the author of nearly 150 publications, including The Holy Spirit in the World: A Global Conversation (Orbis, 2007) and Joining in with the Spirit: Connecting World Church and Local Mission (SCM Press, 2010).

I wish to thank Greg McKenzie, Chris Flanders and the board of Missio Dei for their stellar work to make this inaugural lecture and the session possible. Kim’s lecture will be slotted as part of our Wednesday morning “Prevenient Session” that will immediately precede the opening plenary with Katharine Hayhoe. In the prevenient slot, Kim’s inaugural lecture will run concurrently with the Ferguson lecture, Laura Nasrallah’s, “Speaking of Tongues,” and a couple of other select sessions.