The Mackay Chair in World Christianity

In the late 1980s, recognizing that Christianity is increasingly a religion of the global South and that theological education in North America needs an open, on-going conversation with Christians from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Princeton Theological Seminary endowed a chair in World Christianity in honor of John A. Mackay, a former president and long-serving missionary in Latin America.  Since then, fourteen ecumenists, theologians, historians, and church leaders from each of these regions has contributed to a broadening of our vision of God’s work in today’s world. Given the huge and continuing impact of North American churches on the world at large, Mackay professors bring much-needed perspectives on the church as an ecumenical, intercultural fellowship. We are pleased that Dr. Michael Nai-Chiu Poon of Trinity Theological College, Singapore, will be on campus in the spring semester of the academic year 2010-11.

John A. Mackay Professors of World Christianity (1991-1992 to 2007-2008)

Year     Semester     Professor
1991-1992   Fall   Dr. Károly Tóth
Budapest, Hungary

Former Bishop of the Danubian District of the Reformed Church in Hungary, President of the Ecumenical Council of Church in Hungary, and Vice President of the Reformed Synod, and now Director of the Ecumenical Study Centre in Budapest

    Spring   Dr. T. Dayanadan Francis
Madras, India

General Secretary of the Christian Literature Society

1992-1993   Fall   Dr. Pablo A. Deiros
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pastor of a church in Buenos Aires. Taught at Seminario Internacional Teológico Bautista in Buenos Aires

    Spring   Vacant

Dr. Deiros was to be the Mackay professor for the full year but needed to return to his congregation in December 1992

1993-1994   Fall   Vacant

    Spring   Dr. Kuruvilla Cherukara ("K.C.") Abraham
Bangalore, India

Director of the South Asia Theological Research Institute [SATGRI]--a program of the Senate of Serampore College

1994-1995   Academic Year   Ms. Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Lagos, Nigeria

Former Deputy General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
Geneva, Switzerland

1995-1996   Fall   Dr. José Miguez Bonino
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Former professor of systematic theology and ethics at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológics

    Spring   Father Gustavo Gutiérrez
Lima Peru

Pastor of Instituto Bartolomé de Las Casas

1996-1997   Academic Year   Dr. Peter King Hung Lee
Hong Kong

Faculty member, Graduate School of Theology, Association of Theological Education in Southeast Asia

1997-1998   Academic Year   Dr. John S. Mbiti
Burgdorf, Switzerland

Parish minister in Burgdorf
Born in Kenya

1998-1999   Fall   Dr. John S. Mbiti

    Spring   Dr. Yasuo Carl Fuyura
Tokyo, Japan

Retired professor
International Christian University

1999-2000   Academic Year   Dr. Luis N. Rivera-Pagan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico

2000-2001   Academic Year   Dr. Milan Opocensk?
Geneva, Switzerland

General Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (1989-2000)

2002-2003   Academic Year   Dr. P. Daniel Jeyaraj
Chennai (Madras), India

Professor, Aaron Chair for the History of Christianity in India, Gurukul

2007-2008   Academic Year   Rev. Dr. Cephas Narh Omenyo
Accra, Ghana

Senior Lecturer, Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon
Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana since 1985
2012-2013   Spring   Dr. Jamal Daibes
West Bank, Palestine 

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Bethlehem University
Ordained Catholic Priest 

National and International Engagements of Department Members

Kenneth Appold

  • Visiting Adjunct Research Professor, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France
  • Co-Chair, International Lutheran-Pentecostal Study Group
  • Member, Lutheran-Orthodox Joint International Commission
  • Consultant, Anglican-Lutheran International Commission

 Darrell Guder

  • Prof. Guder is teaching a course on “The Church in the Post-Christian Society” as guest professor of missiology at the theology faculties of the Universities of Bern and Basel, Switzerland, during the fall semester 2010.
  • Darrell Guder has served the World Alliance of Reformed Churches as Chief of Language and Document Services at all its major meetings since 1977, after having served as interpreter and translator at the General Councils in Frankfurt (1964) and Nairobi (1970).  In June of 2010, he served as Co-Chief of Language Services at the United General Council in Grand Rapids at which the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Reformed Ecumenical Council merged to become the World Communion of Reformed Churches; at that meeting, he passed this responsibility along to his successor.

 Elsie Anne McKee

  • Member of the board of directors for several non-profits which support educational and medical work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • The North American Liaison Bureau (NALB) of the Université Protestante au Congo (UPC).  UPC is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the DR Congo; the key educational institution of the Church of Christ in Congo, it has four "schools": theology, business administration, law, and medicine. 
    • United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR), founded by a Congolese scientist to bring medical treatment to a part of Congo where the tropical disease of riverblindness is endemic.         
  • President and co-founder of Woman, Cradle of Abundance, Inc. (FEBA, Inc.), a non-profit established to support the work of FEBA (Femme Berceau de l'Abondance) in Congo; FEBA was founded by an ecumenical group of Christian women in Kinshasa to fight violence against women and female poverty. 
  • Teaching and lecturing in Africa and Asia, especially work with the Sheppard and Lapsley Presbyterian University of Congo, especially the Theological School. 


 Kathleen McVey

 James Moorhead

 Paul Rorem

 Richard Young

  • In the summer of 2010, Dr. Young and Dr. Chad Bauman, an MEHR graduate (now of Butler University, Indianapolis), co-convened a panel on "Christians, Cultural Interactions, and South Asia's Religious Traditions" at the European Association of South Asian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Young has chaired two such panels in the past (Lund, Leiden) and once before with Dr. Bauman (Birmingham).