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EMS Canada 2019 Plenary Speakers

Mark the Date:

March 8 (Friday), 2019:

Langley, BC Centre
Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminaries

Calgary, AB Centre
Ambrose University

Toronto, ON Centre
 Tyndale University College & Seminary


March 15 (Friday), 2019

Otterburne, MB Centre
Providence University College and Theological Seminary Sussex, NB Centre
Kingswood University in Sussex, NB

*More details to follow.



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Sandra Ryan

Sandra Ryan is an ordained pastor with a background in social
development and emergency and disaster management. Sandra served
for twenty-two years in ministry with The Salvation Army. Her first ministry
appointment was in a Nisga’a Village in Northern British Columbia where
she experienced the strength and beauty of real community. After serving
in Russia for almost a decade during the turbulent post-Communist
redevelopment, she returned to Canada where she lived and ministered in
the Regent Park community during its revitalization. She has seen the
power and potential of an engaged church in developing healthy
communities. Presently, Sandra oversees the local and global outreach for
The Peoples Church Toronto. In this role she has the privilege of leading
her international congregation to be gospel-centered, globally-engaged
Christians. As a global church, the mission focus is intentional
engagement in God’s work among the migrating peoples of the world.


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Enoch Wan

Research Professor of Intercultural Studies, Director of Doctor of Intercultural Studies & Director of Doctor of Education Program, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Past President of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society, two terms). 

National VP-Publications & Editor, Occasional Bulletin (Evangelical Missiological Society). 

Advisor/Founder -

Board Member - Worldwide Bible Society (USA) & Tien Dao Christian Media Association

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Rupen Das 

Rupen Das is Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto and the National Director of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).

Previously he had been on secondment from the Canadian Baptist Ministries.

He has extensive experience in relief and development, most recently having set up humanitarian responses to refugees and the displaced inside Syria, in Lebanon, Ukraine, and across Europe. Over his career he has worked for World Vision, the Canadian Baptists, and the Navigators. As a consultant he has worked for the Canadian Government, the Canadian CIMIC and DART, Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Plan Canada, Focus Humanitarian (part of the Aga Khan Network), World Vision International, International Development Support Services (IDSS Australia), among others. He was professor and program coordinator at Humber College, and on the faculty at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut and the International Baptist Theological Study Center in Amsterdam, and adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US. As an analyst he contributed to Oxford Analytica on humanitarian issues.

Rupen has been a 21st Century Fellow in the UK, an Ashoka Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Hidden Kingdom and Strangers in the Kingdom: Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless.





 2019 Evangelical Missiological Society Theme

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Deadline for submission of the abstracts: December 31, 2018

Paper Details

Today perhaps more than ever before, global missionaries encounter numerous forms of crises and human suffering in the normal course of their work. Whether it’s poverty in Africa, a Tsunami in southeast Asia, human trafficking in India, or refugees in Europe and America, the likelihood that missionary efforts will intersect with some form of global crisis appears to be on the rise. What does this mean for mission theology and practice in the 21st century? How will these events shape the future of the church engaged in the missio Dei? These issues raise important missiological questions for the church, including:

  • How do these realities impact the ongoing debate between holistic missions advocates and those who emphasize proclamation?
  • What are the implications for indigeneity when it comes to responding to global crises? How can disaster relief efforts build on the knowledge and cultural insight of local churches and local believers? How can local believers be an integral part of disaster response?
  • What contextual theologies are coming from the global south that inform modern mission praxis as it relates to human suffering?
  • What do global crises mean for North American and European churches, especially in light of materialism and individualism that often characterize Western churches?
  • How do global crises and resulting needs affect fundraising strategies?
  • How do missionaries and organizations engage in responsible evangelism in the midst of crises?
  • How does the concept of missio Dei relate to responding to human need?
  • What are churches among the poor doing to respond to crises in their own communities?
  • How do global crises especially affect women and children? How can the church on mission serve the needs of women and children in crises?

Papers are solicited that address these and other related topics from missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional perspectives.

To propose a paper, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to your regional EMS vice president. Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. Selected papers presented at the regional meetings will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meeting in Dallas, September 13-15, 2019, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2020.

Send abstracts to: Narry F. Santos, EMS Canada VP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of the Canada region of the Evangelical Missiological Society is to provide a forum once a year for Canadian missiologists and practitioners to engage each other around relevant topics in missions. This is motivated by a felt need for “dialogue, fellowship, and cooperation among evangelicals devoted to researching, publishing and instructing in areas related to the mission of the Church”


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Canada Vice President

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Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary 

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