The Rev. Dr. Arun W. Jones grew up in India, where his parents served as Methodist missionaries for over four decades. After college he spent four years in the Philippines, working in both ecclesial and secular non-governmental organizations. His scholarship has grown out of his life and experience in South and Southeast Asia, where he was immersed in a variety of cultural, religious and socio-political contexts. Trained as a historian, he investigates how Christians have appropriated and spread their faith in Asian contexts, especially in the era of European and American imperialism. Jones is the author of two monographs, Missionary Christianity and Local Religion: American Evangelicalism in North India, 1836-1870 (Baylor University Press, 2017), and Christian Missions in the American Empire: Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902-1946 (Peter Lang, 2003). He has also produced numerous articles and book chapters on Christianity in Asia, and his current research focuses on the history of Christianity in Rajasthan, India, as well as other topics in the fields of World Christianity and missiology.
Besides his work and experience in Asia, Jones has served as pastor of United Methodist congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey. He is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
At Candler, Jones also leads students on international travel seminars 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 is active in leadership in the Graduate Division of Religion of the Laney Graduate School at Emory University. Beyond the university, he holds a leadership position as the secretary of the Society for Hindu Christian Studies, and is serving as the president of the American Society of Missiology in 2019-2020. He lectures, teaches and preaches at various academic and ecclesial institutions and gatherings, frequently drawing on his personal and scholarly knowledge of Christianity around the globe, especially in Asia.
“Mission and Power: A View from the Underside of Society,” in Mission and Power: History, Relevance and Perils, edited by Atola Longkumer, Jorgen Skov Sorensen, and Michael Biehl. Regnum Books International, 2017.