Two new scholars –one for the Hebrew Bible and the other to teach the study of evangelism --will be added to Wesley Theological Seminary’s faculty in the coming academic year, the school announced.
Paul Kang-Kul Cho will serve as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Reverend Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. will serve as the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry at Wesley. Both are to begin their work at Wesley in the 2013-14 academic year.
Cho received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and will receive his Ph.D. from Harvard University in May 2013. His dissertation is entitled, “The Sea in the Hebrew Bible: Myth, Metaphor, and Muthos.”
Cho is ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and has served as guest preacher at the Formosan Grace Christian Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and as children’s ministry pastor at the New Haven Korean Church in New Haven, Conn.
“I have dreams for reconciliation between the Asian and African American communities, mutual understanding and cooperation between Korean and English ministries in Korean American churches, contemporary thinking and articulation of what the church might mean by the ‘Word of God,' and a more intuitive understanding of language and its use in the Bible,” Cho said in a 2007 Yale Divinity School interview.
Reverend Dr. F. Douglas Powe received a B.A. in Economic Management from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Emory University. He is ordained in the United Methodist Church and has focused on evangelistic theology and practices, Pan-Methodism, and the Black church.
“My research in evangelistic theology and practices informs my teaching in these areas by helping students reflect upon the theology informing their evangelism. My goal is to prepare students for various ecclesial contexts and the importance of developing appropriate practices for that context,” Powe said.