Key Speakers – IAMS Assembly 2016

Hyung Keun Paul Choi (Ph.D.)
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Paul is ordained pastor of the Korea Evangelical Holiness Church.
Paul has served as the Lausanne Movement as IDD for East Asia for 7 years (2004-2011).
Currently he is professor of Mission Studies at Seoul Theological University in South Korea. He serves on the Korea Lausanne Committee as General Secretary. Also he is a member of the Theology Working Group of the Lausanne Movement.
He received a B.A. in theology from Seoul Theological University and Th.M. in Christian Ethics from Yonsei United Graduate School of Theology. He received his doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies) from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2000.

(List of publications too extensive to list here, please see list on this page)

Christine Lienemann-Perrin
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Professor Emerita of Ecumenics and Mission Studies at Basel University, Switzerland. She is a missiologist with much expertise in the discipline, having lately worked on questions of conversion.

Her publications include Mission und interreligiöser Dialog (1999); Die politische Verantwortung der Kirchen in Südkorea und Südafrika. Studien zur ökumenischen politischen Ethik (1992).
She has also edited together with Prof. Wolfgang Lienemann a major book on conversion: Religiöse Grenzüberschreitungen. Studien zu Bekehrung, Konfessions- und Religionswechsel / Crossing Religious Boundaries. Studies on Conversion and Religious Belonging (2012).

Elsa Tamez
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A biblical scholar and faculty member of the Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica, she is a member of the team of researchers of the Ecumenical Department of Investigation (DEI) in Costa Rica. She has worked on liberationist and women’s readings of the Bible.

Her most known English publications include The Bible of the Oppressed (1980), The Scandalous Message of James (1989), The Amnesty of Grace (1993), When the Horizons Close: Rereading Ecclesiastes (2000), Jesus and Courageous Women (2001), and Struggles for Power in Early Christianity: A Study of the First Letter to Timothy (2007).

Joel Robbins
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Professor of Social Anthropology at University of Cambridge. He is one of the pioneers of anthropology of Christianity, and has worked especially on conversion and religious transformation among the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea. Has also been active in creating conversation between anthropology and theology.

His publications include: Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society (2004), “Anthropology and Theology: An Awkward Relationship?” Anthropological Quarterly. 79/2(2006): 285-294, “Evangelical Conversion and the Transformation of the Self in Amazonia and Melanesia: Christianity and the Revival of Anthropological Comparison” (with B. Schieffelin and A. Vilaça). Comparative Studies in Society and History 56/3 (2014): 559-590.