Ryan Bolger

 Ryan Bolger

AddressFuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182

Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

B.A., UC Davis,
M.A.C.C.S., Fuller Theological Seminary,
M.A.T., Fuller Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary,

Ryan Bolger joined Fuller faculty in 2002 and is associate professor of church in contemporary culture in the School of Intercultural Studies. With his research focusing on the emerging and missional church movements, he teaches classes on contemporary culture, including postmodern, postcolonial, American, and new media cultures, exploring the implications these cultures have on Christian witness.

With Fuller’s Eddie Gibbs, Bolger co-authored Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Communities in Postmodern Cultures (2005), based on research and interviews with church leaders throughout the U.S. and U.K. His publications include an entry on “The Emerging Church” for The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (2008) and chapters in Mass Culture (2008), Worship That Changes Lives (2008), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (2008), and Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Wilbert R. Shenk (2006). He has also published articles in Missiology and the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a frequent conference speaker on church and culture.

For his research on pastoral leadership in the emerging church, Bolger received an award from Duke Divinity School in 1999, and in 2005, he received an award from Yale for his teaching on American culture and the gospel. He is a member of the Allelon Mission to Western Culture Project and, additionally, has been one of the founding voices in the dialogue between the emerging church and emerging synagogue.

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