John Wesley Beeson Professor of Christian Mission
Dean of Advanced Research Programs
Professor of History and Theology of Mission
- World Christianity
- Social and Religious Movements in South Asia
- Contextual and Intercultural Theologies
- B.A., North-Eastern Hill University (India), 1984
- B.D., Serampore College (University), 1989
- Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990
- Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1998
Dr. Lalsangkima Pachuau is the John Wesley Beeson Professor of Christian Mission and Dean of Advanced Research Programs. After teaching at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India, for seven years, Dr. Pachuau joined the faculty of Asbury Seminary in 2006.
Early in his ministerial career, Dr. Pachuau was an itinerant evangelist in his home state of Mizoram in northeast India. He has also served among Hindu communities in India and in the United States. For a year, he coordinated the “neighborhood friendship [ministry] project” of the Presbytery of New Brunswick (New Jersey), an outreach evangelistic ministry among the Hindu communities in Central New Jersey.
During his last sabbatical leave (Spring of 2010), Dr. Pachuau served as a scholar-in-residence at the Crowther Centre for Mission Education, Church Mission Society (Oxford, UK), and lectured in various institutions and universities in the United Kingdom. A member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ) where he served as a research scholar in 2004-5, Pachuau has published numerous articles, authored and edited several books including Ethnic Identity and Christianity (Peter Lang, 2002) and News of Boundless Riches (CTI and ISPCK, 2007).
He was the editor of Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies for eight years (2004-2012). He has served as visiting professor in a number of institutions in Asia. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of India, Pachuau is a member of Transylvania Presbytery of the PCUSA where he serves in the Mission Committee. He is married to Lalneihkimi Sailo and they have two sons.