A Brazilian / Chinese Pastor's Luncheon and Mini-Conference
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Paul Freston
“The Present and Future of the Evangelical World in Brazil."
Paul Freston is a sociologist of religion, and one of the world’s most celebrated and accomplished scholars on Latin American religions, global Evangelicalism, and Christian-based politics. He is the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also professor of sociology on the post-graduate program in social science at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. His research has focused on, among other things, religion and democratization, the growth of Pentecostalism in the global south, and questions of religion and globalization. His books include Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Protestant Political Parties: a Global Survey (Ashgate, 2004); and Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Dr. David Ro
“Mission China 2030: A vision to send 20,000 missionaries by 2030"
David serves as the Director for the Christy Wilson Mission Center at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as well as the International Deputy Director for the Lausanne movement in East Asia. He also chairs the Executive team for the English program at the Chinese Mission Conference 2013 in Baltimore. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David pastored for a few years in Boston before moving to East Asia to reach urban intellectuals and students. David launched an education consulting company in Beijing and has lived in China for over nine years. David is a frequent speaker, mobilizer and is a leading source for the church in urban China. David is currently working on a Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. David and his wife, Jackie, along with their three kids, currently reside in the greater Boston area.