The School of Intercultural Studies has announced that Dr. Amos Yong has been appointed the new Director of the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller effective July 1, 2014.
Dr. Yong, who will direct the School of Intercultural Studies’ PhD program in this role, brings a renowned background in scholarship and administration. He joins Fuller after serving for nine years at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, most recently as dean of the School of Divinity.
“The Fuller community is thankful for the addition of Amos Yong to our faculty,” commented School of Intercultural Studies Dean Scott W. Sunquist. “His range of scholarship and depth of analysis is rare among scholars anywhere. The School of Intercultural Studies has always been a place of innovation in mission; I believe this will be even more true now with his leadership.”
Yong has published more than 175 academic articles and chapters in books and 17 separate monographs, with three new books coming out in the next year. His scholarship has been among the foundational work done in Pentecostal theology, interacting with both traditional theological traditions and contemporary contextual theologies. Themes he has addressed range from the theology of Christian-Buddhist dialogue, theology of disability, political theology, and theology of hospitality to, most recently, theological method and theology of the mission of God.
Dr. Yong is excited to begin his new role at Fuller. “Fuller has long been at the vanguard of seminaries in the evangelical tradition and I am thrilled to join President Labberton, Dean Sunquist, and my new colleagues who are engaging the greatest challenges and also opening the most important opportunities for Christian mission theology and praxis in the 21st century,” he said.
Previous to his tenure at Regent University, Yong taught for six years at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a PhD from Boston University, two master’s degrees -- from Western Evangelical Seminary and Portland State University -- and a bachelor’s degree from Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California.