Dr. Gregg A. Okesson

Dean, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism The Ira Gallaway & DM Beeson Professor of Leadership Development, Mission and Evangelism

Expertise

  • Public Theology
  • African Christianity
  • Global Development
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • Missions

Education

  • B.A. Wheaton College, 1988
  • M.A. Wheaton Graduate School, 1994
  • M.A. Wheaton Graduate School, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Leeds, UK, 2010

Dr. Gregg A. Okesson is the Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, and the Ira Galloway and D.M. Beeson Chair of Leadership Development, Mission and Evangelism.

He received a B.A. from Wheaton College (Psychology and Bible), an M.A. from Wheaton Graduate School (Biblical Studies), an M.A. from Wheaton Graduate School (Intercultural Studies), and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from University of Leeds, UK (African Christianity).

Before coming to Asbury in 2011, Dr. Okesson was a faculty member at Scott Christian University, Kenya, East Africa for 10 years where he served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a lecturer in theology. Prior to this, he was a pastor in upstate New York, worked in Student Development at Wheaton College, and was a church-planter amongst a Muslim people-group in north-central Tanzania. Dr. Okesson and his family lived in East Africa for 13 years.

Dr. Okesson has authored numerous articles and serves on the editorial committee for the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology and the Africa Study Bible. He is the author of Re-Imaging Modernity (Wipf & Stock, 2012) and co-author of Advocating for Justice (Baker Academic, 2016). He is also the author of the Christianity Today 2021 book award for A Public Missiology: How Local Churches Witness to a Complex World (2020).

More broadly, Dr. Okesson is interested in attending to linkages between theology, missiology, and global realities, particularly those dealing with poverty, development, power, institutions, and societal engagement.

He is married to Kimberly Okesson and they have two young adult children.


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