Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009) and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010).

Rah is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and had mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.

He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching as well as on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, the 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, the 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 ECC Midwinter Conference, the 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, the 2008 CCDA National Conference, the 2009 Cornerstone Festival, the 2010 GCTS National Preaching Conference, and the 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly.

Soong-Chan received his BA in political science and history/sociology from Columbia University, his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, his ThM from Harvard University, his DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently in the ThD program at Duke University.

Soong-Chan lives in Chicago with his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah.