KAC has invited Professor Tom Yoder Neufeld to lead seminars in Korea, July 9-14.
Yoder Neufeld is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies (New Testament), having retired at the end of 2012 from teaching at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo since 1983.
Born in Canada in 1947, Yoder Neufeld spent his childhood and youth in German-speaking Europe, where his parents were in mission work. After returning to North America, he graduated with a BA (Hons.) in History at the University of Manitoba in 1970, a Master of Divinity in 1973, and a Doctor of Theology in New Testament in 1989, both at Harvard Divinity School. He subsequently spent one year in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (1975/76). After seminary studies Yoder Neufeld served as a hospital and prison chaplain in Winnipeg. After completing clinical pastoral training he served as pastor of the Thompson United Mennonite Church from 1976-1979. During his doctoral studies in New Testament at Harvard he also served as co-pastor of the Boston Mennonite Fellowship. Along the way he participated in helping to establish a house church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and the Olive Branch Mennonite Church in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Yoder Neufeld serves his local congregation, First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, as teacher, preacher, and song leader. He serves the larger church on the Christian Formation Council of Mennonite Church Canada, represents Mennonite Church Canada on the General Council of the Mennonite World Conference, and is a member of its Faith and Life Commission. He is a frequent speaker in seminar and conference settings, most often on the intersection of Bible and church. Apart from Canada and the USA, his teaching has taken him to Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, and Korea.
In addition to numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, Yoder Neufeld has published several books, among them:
- Ephesians (Believers Church Bible Commentary; Herald Press, 2002)
- Recovering Jesus: the Witness of the New Testament (Brazos, 2007)
- Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), published in the UK as Jesus and the Subversion of Violence: Wrestling with the New Testament Evidence (SPCK, 2011; it was short-listed in 2013 for the Michael Ramsey Prize established by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams)
Speaking engagements are as follows:
- Tuesday 07.09: Onnuri Church (Seoul), meeting for pastors, 9:00am-11:00am
- Wednesday 07.10: Jesus Village Church (Chuncheon), 7:30pm to 9:30pm
- Thursday 7.11: Korea Anabaptist Center (Chuncheon), 12:00pm to 5:00pm
- Sunday 7.14: Suwon Central Baptist Church (Suwon), 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Please contact the KAC if you wish to participate in one of these seminars.