Thomas John Hastings

Executive Director, Overseas Ministries Study Center | Editor, International Bulletin of Mission

Thomas John Hastings
History & Ecumenics
Academic Affairs

Phone: 732.769.6408
Presbyterian Church (USA)


Tom Hastings is the Executive Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary (OMSC@PTS) and Editor of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR), published by SAGE. He received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, MA from Wheaton College Graduate School, and BA from Boston College. Before coming to OMSC in 2016, he and his wife, Carol, served in Japan as Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers from 1988–2008, where he taught on the faculties of Hokuriku Gakuin, Seiwa College, Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, and was adjunct at International Christian University. After returning to the United States in 2008, Hastings was Director of Research and Associate Director at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Senior Research Fellow at the Japan International Christian University Foundation in New York City, and Research Consultant for the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia in New York City and Hong Kong. Hastings is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Select Publications

  • Worshiping, Witnessing, and Wondering: Christian Wisdom for Participation in the Mission of God (Wipf & Stock, Cascade, forthcoming 2021)
  • Co-Editor with Knut-Willy Sæther, The Grace of Being Fallible in Philosophy, Theology, and Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko 1888–1960 (Wipf & Stock, Pickwick, 2015)
  • Co-Editor, Entanglements of Science and Religion in Modern Japan: An Anthology (In Japanese, Nanzan University Institute for Religion and Culture, 2015)
  • Translation from Japanese of Kagawa Toyohiko, A Few Words in the Dark (Bridges to Peace, 2015)
  • Editor of Translation from Japanese of Kagawa Toyohiko, Cosmic Purpose, Translation by James W. Heisig (Wipf & Stock, Cascade Veritas Series, 2014)
  • Practical Theology and the One Body of Christ: Toward a Missional-Ecumenical Model (Studies in Practical Theology, Eerdmans, 2007)

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