Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism
Classes taught: Communicating the Faith in the Contemporary World; Introduction to Church Planting; Leadership and Empowering the Laity for Church Growth
At North Park since: 2006
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah enjoys helping students find answers to difficult questions. “Working in ministry, you start to ask good questions that you don’t have easy answers to,” he says. “The questions you’re asking are deep, important questions. At North Park, you’ll examine real-life scenarios that people encounter, allowing for theological engagement of practical ministry.”
For Dr. Rah, engaging in urban ministry is a passion. “The urban environment is complex, constantly changing, and always challenging,” he says. His classes enable students to identify the skills necessary for practicing sociocultural analysis, expanding their understanding of the relationship between the church and the urban setting. “Anytime we can deepen the theology, it’s a good thing,” Dr. Rah says. “Also important are spiritual formation and discipleship. All of these serve to strengthen our work.”
Dr. Rah sees North Park’s location as an important piece of what the Seminary provides. “Chicago is part of the classroom we’re offering,” he says. “Being based in Chicago is a tremendous advantage. It is a center for community development, community organizing, and ethnic diversity, with diverse neighborhoods.”
As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Rah has seen firsthand the denomination’s significant growth in urban areas, and increasing need for intercultural ministry. He was founding senior pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Cambridge, Mass., a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.
A nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Rah has also served on a church-planting team in the Washington, D.C., area, and as campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing a doctor of theology at Duke Divinity School.
- DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- ThM, Harvard University
- MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- BA, Political Science and History/Sociology, Columbia University
- Soong-Chan Rah. Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2010.
- Soong-Chan Rah. The Next Evangelicalism: Releasing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.
- Soong-Chan Rah. “Mercy and Justice.” Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches, ed. Peter Cha, Steven Kang, and Helen Lee. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.