Arun W. Jones

Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism
Arun W. Jones
Phone: 404.727.1089
    • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001
    • MDiv, Yale University, 1988
    • BA, Yale University, 1980

    The son of Methodist missionaries, The Rev. Dr. Arun W. Jones was raised in India and has worked as a missionary in the Philippines. As an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, he has served as pastor of United Methodist congregations in the United States. He joined the Candler faculty in 2010.

    Both his missionary and pastoral experiences have inspired Jones’ scholarly work, which investigates how Christians have spread the gospel in different historical and cultural contexts. Jones is the author of Christian Missions in the American Empire: Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902-1946 (Peter Lang Pub Inc., 2003), and of numerous articles and book chapters on Christianity in Asia. His current research focuses on church history in North India. He is a member of the American Society of Missiology, where he currently serves as co-chair of the Board of Publications, and a contributing editor to the journal Mission Studies.

    At Candler, Jones leads students on an annual international trip with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, which seeks to promote leadership in evangelism among Methodists and other Wesleyan bodies around the world.

    In addition to his work at Candler, Jones preaches and teaches in congregations and larger church gatherings, frequently drawing on his knowledge of ecclesial life in various parts of the world to illumine the dynamics of North American Christianity.

    Selected Publications

      "Translation, Inculturation and Conflict in South Asia," in Planting in Native Soil.ISPCK,2015

      "Scholarly Transgressions: (Re)writing the History of World Christianity," in Theology Today, vol. 71, no. 2.Sage,2014

      "Pragmatic Anti-Imperialists? Episcopal Missionaries in the Philippines, 1933-1935," in Anglican and Episcopal History, vol. 82, no. 1.Historical Society of the Episcopal Church,2013

      "Christian Mission and Cosmopolitanism: the Case of Ishwari Dass," in Construction of the Other, Identification of the Self: German Mission in India.LIT Verlag,2012

      Co-author,"Hinduism and Christianity," in Oxford Bibliographies Online.Oxford University Press,2012

      "South Asia," in Introducing World Christianity.Blackwell Publishing,2012

      Christian Missions in the American Empire: Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902-1946.Peter Lang Publishing,2003

    Selected awards

    Carr Travel Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2015.

    Research Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2015.

    Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund Award, Center for Faculty Excellence and Development, Emory University, 2015.

    Funding for International Conference, "Can The Native Christian Speak?" Emory University, 2014.

    1st Alternate, First Book Grant For Minority Scholars, The Louisville Institute, 2013.

    Summer Research Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2011.

    Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2008-2009.

    Wabash Center Fellowship, 2005.

    Workshop Grant, Wabash Center, 2004-2005.

    Research Grant, Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, 2000.

    In addition to the history of Christianity in Asia, Jones is interested in the historiography of World Christianity. In May of 2014 he organized a conference on this topic, titled “Can The Native Christian Speak?” Once a year he leads students on an international trip with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, which seeks to promote leadership in Evangelism among Methodists and other Wesleyan bodies around the world.

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 29, 2015

    "Back to the Ephesian Moment: Euro-American Contexts as Testing Grounds of World Christianity" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 20, 2015

    Selected Courses

    Enabling an Evangelizing Church

    Jesus Meets Krishna: Hindu Christian Interactions on the Indian Subcontinent

    The Church in Asia

    World Evangelism in an Age of Empire

    World Methodist Evangelism Seminar