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About Wonsuk Ma

Dr. Ma is a Korean Pentecostal scholar who spent most of his career life in four countries. His first theological study was at Hansei University (then, Full Gospel Theological College), during which he spent two years in Vietnam as a soldier. His first ministry was at an Assembly of God church at the original place where David Yonggi Cho had opened his first tent church. During this short 2.5 year period, he ministered among youths, married his wife Julie, and received ordination.

Then the family began a new life as missionaries to the Philippines from 1979 to 2006. They engaged in various ministries, including evangelism and church planting among mountain tribal groups and theological education at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City. They developed a strong sense of “Mission in the Spirit” both practically and theoretically. He chose his PhD dissertation title, “The Spirit of God in Isaiah,” to enrich his understanding of the Spirit in mission. In addition, he developed “Asian Pentecostal Studies” as a discipline. He established the Asian Pentecostal Society and served as Founding President (1998-2000), and founded Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies. Besides his tribal ministry and teaching, he also served in various administrative responsibilities, including Vice President for Academic Affairs. He participated in various international mission and ecumenical meetings as an Asian Pentecostal.

From 2006 to 2016, he served as Executive Director and David Yonggi Cho Research Tutor of Global Christianity at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom. During this decade, the school grew to offer the largest PhD program in mission studies throughout Europe. He also directed Regnum Books International, which has published, among others, the 35-volume Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series. At the same time, he and his wife enjoyed walking along The Thames and British countryside, as well as city-hopping throughout Europe.  

Now at ORU, he feels that he has come “home” to teach and research on the Holy Spirit and Global Christianity. His desire is to bring together 1) the theological richness of the OT, 2) local theologies of Pentecostalism (as experienced in Asia), 3) the bigger global picture of the Spirit’s work in our time, and 4) God’s unchanging mission in human history. He feels privileged to serves as Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity at this spiritually and academically committed university community.

He and his wife, Julie, who also teaches at ORU, have two sons. The elder one has been serving as a missionary to the Philippines, while the younger son teaches English in Seoul, Korea. They are proud grandparents to adorable grandchildren who live in Manila.  

 Professional Memberships & Certifications
·        Member, Society of Biblical Literature (not current)
·        Member, Society for Pentecostal Studies
·        Member, Evangelical Theological Society
·        Member, American Society of Missiology
·        Member, Theological Commission, Asia Pacific Theological Association (-2006)
·        Member, Asian Pentecostal Society (2008- )
·        Member, International Association for Mission Studies (2010- )
·        Member (executive), British and Irish Association of Mission Studies (2009-2014)
·        Professional and Advanced Teacher Certification, Asia Pacific Theological Association
Editorial Responsibilities
·        Editorial Board member, Cyberjournal of Pentecostal/Charismatic Research (1997-)
·        Founding and Co-editor, Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies (1998-2006)
·        Editorial Board member, Australasian Pentecostal Studies (1998-)
·        Founding Editor, Journal of Asian Mission (1999-2002)
·        Editorial Board member, Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies (2006-)
·        Editorial Board member, PentecoStudies, Koninklijke Brill (2008-)
·        Editorial Board member, Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research (2008-)
·        Editorial Team chair, Regnum Books International (2006-2016)
·        Editorial Team member, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Regnum Books International (2009-2016)
·        Member, Board of Advisors, International Review of Mission (2013-)
·        Continental Editor, Brill Encyclopaedia of Global Pentecostalism (2016- )
·        Regional Editor, Encyclopaedia of Christian in the Global South (2016- )
·        Co-editor, Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology (2016- )


Present Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity, Oral Roberts University
2006 - 2016 Executive Director, Oxford Centre for Missions Studies
2011 Visiting Fellow, Yale Divinity School
1983 - 2006 Academic Dean, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - 2017 Coordinator, Scholars Consultation, Empowered 21 Asian Consultation
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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Man of the Year, American Biographical Institute
  • 2005 Distinguished Service Award, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary
  • 1999 Special Service Award for 20 Years of Missionary Service, Korean General Council of the Assemblies of God
  • 1996 William Stanford LaSor Award, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 1994 Grand Mission Award, Central Council for World Evangelization Korea
  • 1992 Dilworth Graduate Scholar
  • 1989, 1990, 1991 Center for Advanced Theological Studies Scholarship, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 1976 Graduate of the Year, Full Gospel Theological College


  • Pentecostal Studies
  • Asian Pentecostalism
  • Introduction to Global Christianity
  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Old Testament History
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Greek)


1996 PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
1983 M.Div, Far East Advanced School of Theology (Asia Pacific Theological Seminary)
1981 B.B.S., Far East Advanced School of Theology (Asia Pacific Theological Seminary)
1976 Dip. Theology, Full Gospel Theological College, - Hansei University

Dictionary & Encyclopedia Entries (1)

Books (11)

Articles (44)