The Department of Religious Studies at Grace College will host a Symposium on Monday evening, April 9, on the topic, “The Church in the People’s Republic: Do American Missionaries Have Any Business in China?” Dr. Brent Whitefield (pictured), Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University, will speak, followed by discussion.
Dr. Whitefield has been an observer of the modern house church movement in China and maintains contact with that community, traveling there frequently. His talk will reflect on the regeneration of the missionary movement in China over the last two decades and will raise probing and controversial questions about the approaches of Western missionaries today.
Dr. Whitefield holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and is a member of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity. He is one of the elders at Calvary Church (Valparaiso), pastored by Grace graduate, Lionel Young.
The Symposium will be held in Ashman Chapel, McClain Hall on the Grace College and Seminary campus in Winona Lake, Indiana, on, Monday, April 9, at 7:30 pm.