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Dr. Donghyun Jeong to become assistant professor of New Testament
Randal Whittington

The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. Donghyun Jeong as Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1; he will begin teaching in the fall. He has taught at Emory University since 2017, most recently as an adjunct professor in the Candler School of Theology. He also taught in Mercer University’s Department of Religion

May 31, 2022 | The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. Donghyun Jeong as Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1; he will begin teaching in the fall. He has taught at Emory University since 2017, most recently as an adjunct professor in the Candler School of Theology. He also taught in Mercer University’s Department of Religion.

“Dr. Jeong’s extensive teaching record and growing list of publications impressed the committee, but he was most notable for his warm, pastoral concern for the students and their seminary experiences,” said Professor Margaret Aymer, dean-elect and chair of the search committee. “His on-campus lecture on Romans was striking for his ability to bring together the New Testament world, the history of the Presbyterian Church in Korea, and current events in the state of Texas. We are excited to have him join our faculty.”

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Jeong earned a BA with high honors from Yonsei University in 2009. He received the MDiv from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in 2014, the STM from Yale University Divinity School in 2016, and the PhD from Emory University in 2021. His dissertation title is “The Promise of Initiation: A Comparative Study of Ritual in the Pauline Communities and the Greco-Roman Mysteries.” He was recipient of the Laney Graduate Fellowship, the Pyungkwang Educational Scholarship, and the Yale Divinity School Scholarship.

Jeong’s monograph Pauline Baptism among the Mysteries: Ritual Messages and the Promise of Initiation will be published in 2023 by the German publisher De Gruyter. His chapter, “The Wandering People of God: A (Re)introduction to the Letter to the Hebrews Using a Sociolocative Textual Approach,” appears in Currents in Korean American and Korean Biblical Interpretation (SBL Press, forthcoming). Dr. Jeong has also contributed to the academy though peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and book reviews, and though presentations to scholarly conferences. His publications have appeared in prestigious academic journals, including the Journal of Biblical Literature and Novum Testamentum. He enjoys building bridges between faith communities and the academy and is an active participant in the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature.

A candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) since 2020; for ten years he served churches in the U.S. and Korea and was a student missionary to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2010. He is married to Hyojin Kim and they parent two elementary aged children. He says, “I am excited to join the Austin community, both in classroom and in campus life. As a scholar of color from South Korea, I appreciate the importance of interpreting the New Testament from one’s own context and multiple identities—such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, physical abilities, immigration history, church tradition, and socioeconomic status. I look forward to participating in genuine conversations with students and faculty members for mutual learning and transformation.”

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Dr. Rodney Caruthers II to teach New Testament
Randal Whittington

At its May 2022 meeting, the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Rodney Alan Caruthers II to the position of Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1.

May 31, 2022 | At its May 2022 meeting, the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Rodney Alan Caruthers II to the position of Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1. He is a Fellow at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Prior to that he was visiting assistant professor and Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow at Gustavus Adolphus College and served as an adjunct professor on the Ashland Theological Seminary faculty and Spring Arbor University.

Caruthers earned the PhD from the University of Michigan in 2019; his dissertation title is “Jewish Authors Writing in Greek: How and What They Learned During the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods.” He holds a BA from Oakland University, the Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, the Master of Theology from Emory University, and the Certificate in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan. He earned the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, the Radcliffe/Ramsdell Fellowship, and the Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.

In addition to his teaching experience, he has delivered papers at scholarly conferences and written book reviews and biblical entries for Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, forthcoming).

In the course of his graduate studies, he organized a number of scholarly conferences including the eighth Enoch Graduate Seminar (international / online), and “Echoes of the Exodus in Dr. King’s Work” and “A Celebration of MLK’s Biblical Legacy” at the University of Michigan. He also compiled the indices for Second Temple Jewish “Paideia” in Context (De Gruyter, 2017) and Paul The Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of second Temple Judaism (Fortress Press, 2016).

Dr. Caruthers’s warm and generous spirit captivated all who met him,” said Professor Margaret Aymer, dean-elect and chair of the search committee. “His lecture looking at ancient magic and its influences on Christianity was deeply impressive. As a former seminary administrator and a former regional trainer of BibleWorks software, he brings gifts of administration and technological prowess in addition to his deep understanding of the ancient world. The faculty is overjoyed that he will be joining us this fall.”

He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Enoch Seminar, the American Society of Papyrologists, and he was a member of the National Honor Society of Hebrew Language and Culture.

A member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Caruthers is a native Michigander who enjoys traveling, visiting museums, astronomy, and nature.

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Dr. João Chaves called as assistant professor of evangelism and mission
Randal Whittington

he Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. João Chaves as Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Mission, effective July 1. He is currently Associate Director for Programming at the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) at Princeton Theological Seminary.

May 31, 2022 | The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. João Chaves as Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Mission, effective July 1. He is currently Associate Director for Programming at the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) at Princeton Theological Seminary.

“Dr. Chaves comes to Austin Seminary ready for the next moment in mission and evangelism because of his unique conversation with global Christianity,” said Professor Phil Helsel, chair of the search committee that called Chaves. “His breadth as a scholar—remarkable at this stage in his career—is matched by his passionate imagination and his meaningful kindness. Through exploring how key assumptions underlie our beliefs about the church, he made us feel realistically hopeful about its future.”

A native of Recife, Brazil, he earned a PhD from Baylor University in 2017; the title of his dissertation was “Disrespecting Borders for Jesus, Power, and Cash: Southern Baptist Missions, the New Immigration, and the Churches of the Brazilian Diaspora.” Chaves is an active lay member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and he serves in the Commission on Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice of the Baptist World Alliance.

Dr. Chaves is the author of four books including The Global Mission of the Jim Crow South: Southern Baptist Missions and the Shaping of Latin American Evangelicalism (Mercer University Press, forthcoming). His newest book, co-written with Mikeal Parsons, is tentatively titled Remembering Antônia Teixeira: Missions, Memory, and Violence Across Borders (Eerdmans, forthcoming). He contributed to numerous book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, and chapters in larger works. One of his ongoing projects includes editing Christianity, Race, and Ethnicity: Latinx Critical Conversations on Identity Construction and Religious Participation.

Chaves serves on the editorial board of Perspectives in Religious Studies, is co-director of the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable, co-editor of Perspectivas— the Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and chairs Latinx Religions at the American Academy of Religion Southwest.

Among many distinctions, he was a Baylor University BCU Scholar, University Ministerial Scholar, CBF Leadership Scholar, and received an HTI / Lilly Dissertation Fellowship. He was part of the writing team for the $7.3 million grant recently awarded to the HTI by the Lilly Endowment, titled “En conjunto! Strengthening the Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Latinx Masters and PhD Students.”

Dr. Chaves is married to Dr. Clare Duffy, and they are the parents of two. His interests include woodworking, playing soccer, and cooking Brazilian churrasco (what he calls “the real barbecuing”).

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Sarah Allen joins faculty to direct DMin and SPM programs
Randal Whittington

The Reverend Dr. Sarah Allen (MDiv’07, DMin’ 19) has joined the Austin Seminary faculty as Director of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin‚ and Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) programs. The Austin Seminary Board voted to call her on November 2 and she began work on January 1, 2022, following the retirement of The Reverend Dr. Paul Hooker.

Allen earned her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Seminary in 2007 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2019. A summa cum laude graduate of Austin College (religion and Spanish), she has served First Presbyterian Church, Austin, for the past fourteen years as Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families.

“In interviews that the advisory committee conducted with candidates over the summer, Rev. Allen emerged as the obvious choice for this important faculty position,” says Academic Dean David Jensen. “She brings to the position a keen intellect, a warm pastoral heart, extensive ministry experience at the local and presbytery levels, and creative leadership for the future of the church.”

Allen also brings a wealth of experience in teaching—both in churches and at the Seminary as an adjunct professor. Reflecting on this transition in her ministry, Reverend Allen noted: “I am excited to return to the Austin Seminary community once again, this time as a member of the faculty. I look forward to the partnerships with students, pastors, and congregations; both the Supervised Practice of Ministry as well as the Doctor of Ministry programs at Austin Seminary have been significant in my own ministry and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct these important programs and equip others for service in Christ's church.”

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Professor Ángel J. Gallardo called to teach church history
Randal Whittington

The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. Ángel J. Gallardo to be Assistant Professor of Church History, effective July 1, 2022.

The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. Ángel J. Gallardo to be Assistant Professor of Church History, effective July 1, 2022.

“We are thrilled that Ángel will be joining the Austin Seminary community,” says Austin Seminary President Ted Wardlaw. “He is an accomplished scholar, lecturer, and colleague, and he will inspire our students with respect to the love of church history. It will be a pleasure to welcome the Gallardo family.”

Dr. Gallardo is currently the Associate Director of the Intern Program and serves on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He earned the PhD from SMU in 2018; the subject of his dissertation was “Mapping the Nature of Empire: The Legacy of Theological Geography in the Early Iberian Atlantic.” He holds a BA in theological studies at Eastern University and an MDiv from the Duke University Divinity School; he later served on the Duke Divinity Board of Visitors. He is an active lay member of the United Methodist Church.

In addition to Perkins, he has had teaching experience at Lexington Theological Seminary, House of Hispanic Studies at Duke, CEPAS a non-profit educational center for at-risk youth in Brazil, and Seminario Metodista, Huancayo in Perú.

Dr. Gallardo is looking forward to beginning his teaching at Austin Seminary. “I am excited to invite seminarians to explore, and be shaped by, the complex and enthralling legacy of the global Christian movement,” he says. “I also look forward to developing courses that examine the origins of race and religion in the Americas. Ultimately, I hope my students can learn to reimagine themselves, their congregations, and their contexts in light of God’s broader story of redemption by critically engaging the history of Christian thought.”

Ángel Gallardo is deeply involved in academic conversations, currently co-chairing of the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society program unit of the American Academy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL). He participated in the roundtable “Making Sense of /from the 2020 U.S. Election” at the AAR/SBL conference in 2020, and he served as an officer of La Comunidad, the Association of U.S. Latino/a Scholars or Religion and Theology (2015-19). He presented a paper at the Latinx Studies Now: DC 2018+, Latina/o Studies Association 3rd Biennial Conference Panel: “Toward a Nepantla Poetics: Exploring Decolonial Options in Latinx Theology.” He also holds membership in the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gallardo and his wife, Kendrea Tannis, are parents to two young children, and they will make their home in Austin following the conclusion of the spring 2022 term.

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