Dr. Ekaputra Tupamahu (PhD, Vanderbilt University) joins Portland Seminary as Assistant Professor of New Testament, starting Fall 2019

"I am particularly excited to be joining Portland Seminary, since it will provide a fruitful context for me to explore together with my students and colleagues how historical theologies may be used to address contemporary challenges, locally and globally." - Dr. Tupamahu

Dr. Tupamahu has a broad range of academic interests, including the politics of language, race/ethnic theory, postcolonial studies, immigration studies, critical study of religion, and global Christianity (particularly Pentecostal/Charismatic movement). All these interests inform and influence the way he approaches the texts of the New Testament and the history of early Christian movement(s). His writings have appeared in, among others, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Pneuma, and the T&T Clark Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics.

He was a recipient of the Forum for Theological Exploration doctoral fellowship (2014) and dissertation fellowship (2017), the Louisville Institute honorary dissertation fellowship (2017), and the Asian Theological Summer Institute fellow (2016). He is presently working on revising his doctoral dissertation, “Contesting Language(s): Heteroglossia and the Politics of Language in the Corinthian Church” into a monograph.

A native Indonesian and Pentecostal pastors’ kid, he has earned graduate degrees from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, the Claremont School of Theology, and Vanderbilt University. Dr. Tupamahu has worked as a pastor of an Indonesian congregation in Redlands, California, and a worship pastor at Connection Pointe Church in Nashville (2014-2018). He enjoys hiking, running, and many other outdoor activities with his family. He looks forward to exploring the Portland food scene.

Dr. Tupamahu will be teaching courses in New Testament, second year Greek at the Seminary, as well as the seminar, “Twentieth Century” for the undergraduate Honors program.

To learn more, visit Dr. Tupamahu at his faculty bio page.


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