At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Sunggu Yang

Sunggu Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

503-554-2663

syang@georgefox.edu

Office: Hoover 234

PhD, Vanderbilt University
STM, Yale Divinity School
MDiv, Emory University
BA, Yonsei University


Teaching and Research Interests:  Homiletics, theological aesthetics, multicultural and emerging worship, arts and preaching, Christian formation, Asian American Christianity, theologies in the 21st century

Sunggu Yang joined the College of Christian Studies in 2017 as an assistant professor of Christian Ministries. Before coming to George Fox, Yang served as the Louisville Institute’s Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where he taught courses ranging from homiletics and worship to prophetic ministry. One of his innovative courses was “Film & Preaching: The Gospel According to Hollywood.”

Since 2014, he has served as founder and general editor of The Journal of Asian American Theological Forum ( www.aatfweb.org). He was also managing editor of The Journal of Homiletic (2011-15), a top-tier journal in the field of homiletics, and now serves the same journal as book review editor for the Practical Theology section. Yang is the author of two books, King’s Speech: Preaching Reconciliation in a World of Violence and Chasm (2019) and Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas (2016), and two books that are in progress, Picasso and Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century and Sacred Waters: Pastoral Essays for Aspiring Preachers. His peer-reviewed articles appear in Theology TodayHTS Teologiese StudiesJournal for Preachers, and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Yang has preached at various venues around the nation. He holds a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University (2015), a master’s degree in liturgical studies from Yale Divinity School (2010), an MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2009), and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the College of Theology at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in Sherwood with his wife, Rebecca Jeong, and their daughter, Stella. 

Book Chapters

  • “Preaching/ Hermeneutics and Rhetoric / Religious Speech,” International Handbook of Practical Theology, Birgit Weyel et al. eds. (De Gruyter, forthcoming 2020)
  • “The Promised Land: A Postcolonial Homiletic of Promise in the Asian American Context,” Homiletic Theology Project, vol. 3, David Jacobsen ed. (Wipf & Stock, 2018)
  • “A Three-Fold Homiletic Lesson from Dr. King’s Pastoral and Prophetic Preaching on Violence,” Festschrift for Dale P. Andrews, Ron Allen et al. eds. (Wipf & Stock, 2018)
  • “The Promised Land: A Postcolonial Homiletic of Promise in the Asian American Context,” Homiletic Theology Project, vol. 3, David Jacobsen ed. (Cascade Books, 2019)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Preaching to Episodic Ears: Practicing a Dramaturgical Homiletic,” HTS: Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (accepted, May 2019)
  • “Homiletical Aesthetics: A Paradigmatic Proposal for Holistic Experience of Preaching,” Theology Today, 73 no. 4 (2017): 364-377
  • “An Other-Typological Illustration of the Exodus Story according to Dr. King’s Perception of Universal Reconciliation in His Sermon on Exodus 14:30” HTS: Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72 no. 2 (2016): 1-7
  • “The Abrahamic Pilgrimage Story in Sermons: An Ontological-Narrative Foundation of Asian American Life in Faith,” Theology Today 73 no. 1 (2016): 24-35