Arun Jones

Arun Arun Jones
Address100 East 27th Street
Austin, TX 78705

The John W. and Helen Lancaster Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., Yale University, 1980
M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, 1988
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001

Dr. Arun W. Jones joined the Austin Seminary faculty in 2002 to teach mission and evangelism. The son of Methodist missionaries in India, Jones was raised in India and came to the United States to attend Yale College. Upon graduation from college, he served as a mission intern and missionary for four years in the Philippines with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and then attended seminary at Yale Divinity School. An ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Jones has served congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in May of 2001, studying in the Seminary’s Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions program.

At Austin Seminary Dr. Jones teaches courses on the worldwide mission of the church, the church in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the history of evangelism in the U.S.A. He provides leadership on several faculty committees, and is currently chairing the Seminary’s Curriculum Review Committee. Jones is active in six scholarly guilds, particularly the American Society of Missiology where he serves as Secretary-Treasurer and the American Academy of Religion where he serves on the steering committee of the History of Christianity Section. He is the author of Christian Missions in the American Empire: Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902-1946 (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2003), and of several dictionary and journal articles. Currently Dr. Jones is working on a history of the church in north-central India from 1800 to 1980 that will be published by the Church History Association of India. For his work on the history of the church in North India, Dr. Jones was awarded a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology for 2008 – 2009 by the Luce Foundation and the Association of Theological Schools. He also preaches and teaches frequently in Presbyterian and United Methodist churches.

Areas of Interest

Missions and Evangelism

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