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Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson associate professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009) and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010). Read more from him at www.profrah.com.

Soong-Chan is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)—a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches. He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and the Catalyst Leadership Center.

He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching, especially on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at several conferences and gatherings: the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 Evangelical Covenant Church Midwinter Conference, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2009 Cornerstone Festival, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference, and 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly.

Soong-Chan received his bachelor’s in political science and history/sociology from Columbia University; his Master of Divinity degree from GCTS; his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from GCTS. He’s currently in the doctor of theology program at Duke University.

Soong-Chan and his wife Sue, who teaches special education, live with their two children Annah and Elijah in Chicago.

Blog Posts by Soong-Chan Rah

Posted by Soong-Chan Rah 1 year 8 weeks ago
When we consider the typical church worship service in the United States, we discover certain trends. Lament and stories of suffering are conspicuously absent. In Hurting with God, Glenn Pemberton...
Posted by Soong-Chan Rah 1 year 22 weeks ago
This morning I began preparing for a trip to Canada. I pulled out my grey North Park University hoodie to pack for the colder nights. Last year, a few days after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, North...
Posted by Soong-Chan Rah 2 years 7 weeks ago
Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do?Option 1: Give the money to a billionaire, in the blind hope that the...
Posted by Soong-Chan Rah 2 years 8 weeks ago
When I was a 17-year-old senior in high school, I was in several Advanced Placement courses. As the school year drew to a close, I wanted to take the AP test that would allow me to attain college...
Posted by Soong-Chan Rah 4 years 36 weeks ago

Articles by Soong-Chan Rah

An evangelical scholar looks at Sojourners' role in evangelical social justice.

To survive in a quickly diversifying global church, the emerging church movement must do a better job of opening up its doors -- and pursuing justice.

Excerpt from The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity.