Southwest Region

EMS 2023 Conference Logo - Educating for Contemporary Mission


2023 Theme: Educating for Contemporary Mission

March 17, 2023

8am to 2pm

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Gateway Seminary
3210 E. Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761-8642

The intersection of education and mission produces a maze of models and practices. From the many pastors’ conferences conducted each year around the globe, to short-term discipleship and leadership development processes utilized by missions sending agencies, to legacy institutions grappling with curricula, the maze grows deeper and more complex. Add into this mix, advances in globalization, urbanization, and technologically-driven educational platforms expedited by the responses to COVID, and the maze goes virtual as well.


8:00am           Gathering and Registration 


8:30am     Welcome – Kenneth Nehrbass, EMS SW Vice President


8:35am:  Plenary Speaker  – David Dunaetz, Azusa Pacific University

o   Missionary Education and Effective Participation in the Great Commission


9:15am     Dismiss to breakout sessions    



9:20am – 9:45am sessions

Daniel Low


Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Christian Witness Theological Seminary

  • The intersection of Two Missiological Voices: A Contemporary Education Model for Chinese Missionaries


Cecil Stalnaker

Tyndale Theological Seminary, the Netherlands and Greater Europe Mission

  • Education in Celtic Monasteries, Peregrinatio, and Expansion of Christianity in Europe from the 6th to the 8th Centuries A. D.  



9:50am – 10:15 sessions

Andrew Mainiero  

Fuller Theological Seminary

  • Trauma as a New Missional Frontier:  Trauma Studies in Missiological Education and Research

Eddie Pate

Director of the Kim School of Global Missions, Gateway Seminary

  • The role of Food and Culture in Missionary Training 



10:15am to 10:30am break

10:30-10:55am sessions

Néhémie Kavutwa Kasereka

  • Exploring the role of education in mission, evangelism, and church planting: The Case of the Baptist Church in Central Africa

Juno Wang

Ministry Associate of Community Vision International

  • Identities and Transformation in Training Diasporas for Today’s Missions

11:00-11:25 sessions

Richard Evans 

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA

  • Mission Training On-The-Move: Paradigms, Principles and Prospects – A Case Study

Ken Nehrbass

California Baptist University

  • The long term impact of a missions-related doctorate



11:30-11:55 sessions

Lindsey Huang 

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University

  • Sociological Contributions for a Contemporary Missiological Education

Martin Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University

  • Missional learning communities: A missiological theory of learned competencies  



11:55am to 12:45pm lunch


12:45pm-1:10pm sessions

James Koo 

Western Seminary

  • A Study on the Ways to Cooperate in Educational Mission through the Online K-12 System

Ray Meadows

Grand Canyon University

  • The Local Church On Mission: Using Residencies To Connect The Academy To The Mission Field




1:15pm – 1:40pm  sessions


Kimon Nicolaides


True Life in Christ Fellowship Church, Honolulu, HI

·        Was the School in Antioch more Biblical? If so, how and why should we want to model our training in missiology after the principles they established?


Alan McMahan

Professor at Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University  

o    From Jungles to Skyscrapers:  Reinventing Missionary Education for Effective Service in Gateway Cities”



1:45pm  –  closing 


Regional Vice President

Kenneth Nehrbass

The Southwest Region covers the following states: