Editor ~ Christopher M. The
Christopher M. The (pronounced ‘tay’), Ph.D. serves as the director of student research and initiative management at the Association of Theological School (ATS). The came to ATS from Fuller Theological Seminary where he served in a variety of student services and educational support roles, while also pastoring an Indonesian American congregation in the American Baptist tradition. He was selected to participate in the 2014 Summit for Future Theological Educators of Color/Summit on Christian Leadership, was named a 2016 fellow of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC), and has represented the Religious Liberty Council on the BJC board of directors since 2021. He has published refereed articles and contributed to book chapters on resourcing immigrant churches for civic engagement, leveraging evaluative principles for character formation in theological education, understanding the unique mentorship needs of doctoral students of color, and surveying diasporic Indonesian communities and their placement among world Christianities. He is presently completing a qualitative research dissertation on ethnic/immigrant congregational identity formation in second-generation Indonesian American emerging adults from two Los Angeles-area churches.
A former English Ministry pastor at two Asian American congregations in Southern California, The was raised in an immigrant congregation in the Chinese-Indonesian Reformed tradition and later ordained to ministry by a Chinese/Taiwanese church in the Pentecostal tradition. He earned an MAR in theology and ethics from Azusa Pacific University, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in practical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.