Xiyi (Kevin) Yao - On the Growth, Struggles, and Future of the Chinese Church


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Xiyi (Kevin) Yao and Graham Hill discuss “The Growth, Struggles, and Future of the Chinese Church.” The GlobalChurch Project podcast episode 54.

Dr. Yao began teaching at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, after 10 years of ministry experience in Hong Kong and mainland China. His career as a theological educator officially started in 2003, when he became an assistant (later associate) professor at the Department of Theological Studies, China Graduate School of Theology (CGST), located in Hong Kong. In addition to a church history and Chinese culture professor, he has also played a variety of other roles such as the book review editor for the school’s journal, students’ spiritual formation mentor, and coordinator of Mandarin program.

Dr. Yao’s research interests include the fundamentalist and evangelical movements in China and America; comparative studies of Christianities in China, Korea and Japan; history of Christian pacifism in China; Chinese traditional religions and culture, and their relation with Christianity; Christian thoughts in contemporary China. He has published widely in English as well as Chinese.

A native of Beijing, Dr. Yao is married to Szewai Ho who was born and raised in Hong Kong.

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