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Dialogues in Asian American Theology and Ministry

Discipleship in Diaspora

Featuring Rev. Sabrina Chan and E. David de Leon

NOVEMBER 7, 2023 • 6:00–7:30PM EST • Hybrid Event

Cooper Room, Erdman Center at Princeton Theological Seminary

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Discipleship in Diaspora w/ Rev. Sabrina Chan and E. David de Leon

Two authors of the Asian American discipleship book Learning Our Names further develop the themes of their chapters as they’ve engaged with readers and furthered their studies. Being Asian American for most of us means there is no return to our pre-immigration stories, lands, or even pre-colonial identities. Resisting our Racialization and engaging with racial and ethnic justice takes on greater importance as we consider what we want to pass on to future generations. Join us as we bring together our studies, our stories, and our ministry contexts in conversation with each other.

Featured Speakers

National Director of Asian American Ministries

Rev. Sabrina Chan

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Rev. Sabrina S. Chan is the national director of Asian American Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and a daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong. She is an author of Learning Our Names: Asian American Christians on Identity, Relationships, and Vocation (IVP, 2022). Sabrina has led in church and campus ministries for 25 years. Prior to her national role, she led ministry teams in Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area, and has also been a computer network engineer. Her ministry work is to disciple, develop, and empower distinctly Asian American Christian leaders – women and men across the diversity of Asian America. Sabrina earned her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rice University.

Doctoral Student

E. David de Leon

Fordham University

E. David de Leon resides in New York City with his two sons and wife. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a child of Pilipino immigrants. David completed his MDiv at Yale Divinity School in 2021 and is currently pursuing a PhD in systematic theology at Fordham University, where he is also an undergraduate instructor. His research examines Christian doctrines of providence and eschatology as deployed in colonial, imperial, and civilizing projects with a particular eye toward histories of Spanish and American colonialism in the Philippines and the lives of diasporic Pilipinos. He serves as a content strategist for Christians for Social Action and produces the podcast 20 Minute Takes. He thinks, writes, and teaches along the lines of Asian American and Pilipino American theology.



Dr. David C. Chao

Center for Asian American Christianity

Dr. David C. Chao is director of the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on Asian American theology, organizes academic programs in Asian American theology and ministry, and mentors Asian and Asian American students. His research and writing focus on Asian American theology, the uses of Christian doctrine for liberation, the convergence and divergence of Protestant and Catholic dogmatics, and the theology of Karl Barth. His first book, titled Concursus and Concept Use in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Providence, is under contract with Routledge. He is grant co-author and project editor for the $300,000 translation grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Karl Barth Translator’s Seminar. He is also developing a multi-volume project on Asian American theology. Chao is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian American Studies. Chao has a wide range of pastoral experience with Chinese American, Korean American, and Pan-Asian churches and ministries and is an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Center for Asian American Christianity

The newly expanded Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Center for Asian American Christianity seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy.

Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leading voice in Asian American theology and ministry through the work of Professor Emeritus Sang Hyun Lee, the Center for Asian American Christianity, and the establishment of the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology.