Scott W. Sunquist

Dean and Professor of World ChristianitySchool of Intercultural Studies

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BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

Scott William Sunquist joined Fuller in July 2012 as dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and professor of world Christianity after previously teaching at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for 17 years. Sunquist and his wife, Nancy, were Presbyterian Church (USA) missionaries serving in the Republic of Singapore, where he was a lecturer in church history, ecumenics, and Asian Christianity at Trinity Theological College (1987–1995). In Singapore he also served as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Prior to this he was a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in both Virginia and Massachusetts.

Dr. Sunquist’s main interests lie in the areas of Christian mission, evangelism, church planting and world Christian history. He has taught in these areas with a special focus on Asian Christianity.

Most recently Sunquist has authored Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology, and Mission. His 2015 publication, The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900–2000 (2015), was awarded the American Society of Missiology Book of Excellence Award for 2016. Other books he has written include: Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory (2013) which received the Christianity Today 2014 Best Book award in the “Missions/Global Affairs” category; two-volume History of the World Christian Movement, which he coauthored with Dale Irvin (Orbis Books, 2001/ 2012). With his daughter, Caroline Becker, he also coedited A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944–2007 (2008).

Sunquist is an ordained minister in the PC(USA). He and his wife, Nancy, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Courses Taught

  • MC539 Evangelism in Cultural Contexts
  • MH506 The Making of Global Christianity
  • MH526: Asian Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan
  • MH530 History: Christianity in Asia
  • MH801 Mission Historiography
  • MI510 Thinking Missiologically
  • MI804 Missiology as a Discipline
  • MT595 Topics in Mission Theology: Reading Lesslie Newbigin
  • TM750 Church and Mission in Asian Context

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Asian Christianity, historiography, missiology, Christianity in the non-Western world


2016 “Ancient Eastern Christianity: Syria, Persia, Central Asia, India,” in Blackwell Companion to World Christianity, edited by Lamin Sanneh (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, forthcoming June 2016).
2015 (edited with Amos Yong) The Gospel and Pluralism Today: Reassessing Lesslie Newbigin in the 21st Century, Missiological Engagements: Church, Theology and Culture in Global Contexts 1 (IVP Academic, 2015), with introduction by Scott Sunquist, “The Legacy of Newbigin for Mission to the West.”
2015 The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900–2000 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015)
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, ed. Donald Lewis and Richard Pierard (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic).
2014 “Missionary Obligation and Global Transformation: 40 Years after Lausanne 1974,” in Asia Missions Advance, April 2014, pp. 2-6.
2014 “Biblical Discipleship in Mission: 1. Living in Exilic Hope, 2. Holy Word, Holy Life; 3. Witness and unity in Suffering; 4. Disciples Lead like Disciples,” in Discipleship in the 21st Century Mission, ed. Timothy K. Park and Steve K. Eom (Euiwang, Kyonggi, Korea: East-West Center for MRD, 2014).
2014 “Suffering, Glory, and Rest: Discipleship in Mission,” in Discipleship in the 21st Century Mission, ed. Timothy K. Park and Steve K. Eom (Euiwang, Kyonggi, Korea: East-West Center for MRD, 2014).
2013 Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. Received Christianity Today’s 2014 Best Book award in the “Missions/Global Affairs” category [].
2012 with Dale T. Irvin, History of the World Christian Movement, Volume 2: Modern Christianity from 1454–1800 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis).
2011 “Lausanne to Geneva, A Short Distance Really: Reflections on the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa,” Missiology: An International Review 39, 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, ed. J. Stephen O’Malley (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, ed. Prabo Mihindukulasuriya, Ivor Poobalan and Ravin Caldera (Columbo, Sri Lanka: CTS Publishing).
2011 “Global Christianity (1700–Present),” Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Glen G. Scorgie, General Editor (Zondervan).
2010 “Ancestor Veneration and Christianity: Overview,” The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
2010 “Moffett, Mateer and McClure: Three Models, Two Continents, One Mission,” Pittsburgh Theological Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring.
2010 “Some Good News About Evangelism,” Panorama, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, vol. 49, no. 1, Spring.
2010 “The Century that Changed the Religious Map: 1910–2010,” in Mission and Theology 25, Spring.
2009 Missio Dei: Christian History Envisioned as Cruciform Apostolicity,” Missiology 37, no. 1, January.
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, 2008); Scott Sunquist, co-editor.
2008 A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944–2007, co-editor with Caroline N. Becker (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.
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. John Bowden (London: Continuum).
2005 “Liberation and Theological Conservatism: Making Sense of Korean Resistance to Japan,” in A Graced Horizon: Essays in Gospel, Culture and Church in Honour of the Rev. Dr. Choong Chee Pang, ed. Roland Chia and Mark Chan (Singapore: Genesis Books).
2002 “Is Toleration an Adequate Term to Frame a Christian Response to Diversity?” in Insights: The Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary.
2002 “Asian Mission to Asians in the 21st Century,” in Christian Mission in the Third Millennium, ed. Charles E. Cole (Abingdon).
2002 “Missions, Protestant,” in The New Catholic Encyclopedia, revised ed.
2002 “The Story of the Dictionary of Asian Christianity,” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 26, no. 2, April, pp. 81-83.
2001 with Dale Irvin, History of the World Christian Movement, Volume 1: Earliest Christianity to 1453 (Orbis).
2001 A Dictionary of Asian Christianity, editor (Eerdmans).
2001 “Asian Spirituality and Christian Mission,” in Teaching Mission in a Global Context, ed. Tricia Lloyd-Sidle and Bonnie Sue Lewis (Geneva Press).
2000 “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” in A Passion for the Gospel: Confessing Jesus Christ for the Twenty-first Century, ed. Andrew Purves and Mark Achtemeier (Westminster/John Knox).
1999 “Asian Perspectives on Pluralism and Christian Mission,” in Theology Matters, October.
1999 “Dictionary of Asian Christianity,” in Missiology, January, pp. 85-88.
1998 “A New Energy for Mission: On Losing Control,” in ReNews, September, pp. 1, 13-16.
1997 “Barsauma (or Barsumas)” in Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions (Simon & Schuster).
1997 >“Syrian Christianity,” in Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments, ed. Daniel G. Reid (InterVarsity Press).
1994 “Sources for a Theology of Evangelism in Asia: A Survey of Recent Representative Literature,” in Trinity Theological Journal.
1994 “Daniel Beach Bradley,” “Samuel Dyer,” “John Taylor Jones,” and others for Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography.
1993 On Being Presbyterian in Singapore and Malaysia: Distinctives of the Reformed Faith, Singapore: TTC Publications.
1990 “Samuel Austin Moffett,” “Sherwood Eddy,” and “Sheldon Jackson” in Dictionary of Christianity in America, ed. Reid, Linder, Shelley and Stout (InterVarsity Press).
1990 “The Covenantal Nature of Law in the `Statutes of Nisibis,’” in Trinity Theological Journal.
1989 “Light from the East on Early Theological Education,” in Trinity Theological Journal, pp. 26-39.
1987 Paideia tou Aionou: A Prolegomenon to a Theology of Christian Education,” in Christian Education Journal 7, no. 2, Winter 1987, pp. 59-74.

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