Arun W. Jones

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

    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 is the director of the Master of Theology degree program. He also 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.

    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 leadership positions in the Society for Hindu Christian Studies, and the American Society of Missiology, where he currently serves as president. 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.

    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication

    Books

    Missionary Christianity and Local Religion: American Evangelicalism in North India, 1836-1870. Baylor University Press, 2017

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

    Chapters and Articles

    "History of the South Asian Experience of Christianity," in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018

    "Discerning the Missio Dei in a Time of Crisis," Missional Preacher. American Society of Missiology, January 14, 2018

    "Mission and Power: A View from the Underside of Society," in Mission and Power: History, Relevance and Perils. Regnum Books International, 2017.

    "Indian Christians and the Appropriation of Western Civilization in the Nineteenth Century." Studies in World Christianity, University of Edinburgh Press, April 01, 2017

    "Local Agency and the Reception of Protestantism in the Philippines." Journal of Asian/North American Theological Educators, Catholic Theological Union, November 12, 2016

    "Claiming the Hyphens and Slashes." Journal of Asian/North American Theological Educators, Catholic Theological Union, March 21, 2015

    "Translation, Inculturation and Conflict in South Asia." Planting in Native Soil, ISPCK, February 01, 2015

    "Scholarly Transgressions: (Re)writing the History of World Christianity." Theology Today, vol. 71, no. 2, Sage, June 18, 2014

    Selected awards

    Elected president of the American Society of Missiology for 2019-2020

    Missionary Christianity and Local Religion named one of the Outstanding Books of 2017 for Mission Studies by the International Bulletin of Mission Research

    Carr Travel Grant, Candler School of Theology

    Research Grant, Candler School of Theology

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

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

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

    Summer Research Grant, Candler School of Theology

    Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2008-2009.

    Wabash Center Fellowship

    Workshop Grant, Wabash Center, 2004-2005.

    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, October 24, 2017

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

    Selected Courses

    Christian Identities and Expressions in Colonial Africa and Asia

    Enabling an Evangelizing Church

    Krishna Meets Jesus

    Master of Theology Project Seminar 

    The Church in Asia

    World Evangelism in an Age of Empire

    World Methodist Evangelism Travel Seminar