Teaching at Asbury Theological Seminary for 34 years, Joseph Shou-Jen Wang, Ph.D., is a prominent religion educator and minister whose life mission is to serve others in light of the teachings of God. During his tenure at Asbury Theological Seminary, he served as a guest professor at both Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. A native of Tainan, Taiwan, he was born on December 17, 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1960, looking to pursue higher education. After obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree, he went on to achieve a doctorate, thus establishing the foundation of his prolific career.
Dr. Wang was ordained to ministry by the Free Methodist Church of North America as a deacon in 1971 and elder in 1973. He is a fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research, and he maintains affiliation with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Wesleyan Theological Society. Likewise, he has sat on the board of trustees of the One Mission Society, an Evangelical Christian missionary society founded in 1901. Since its founding, the society has spread to more than 75 countries and partners with more than 180 denominations and organizations. Through the One Mission Society, over 6,000 churches are planted each year.
As a testament to his success in the fields of religion and academia, Dr. Wang was named Outstanding Educator of America in 1975 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion. However, he cites the highlight of his career to be teaching at Asbury Theological Seminary, where he was afforded opportunities to educate prospective professionals on the Bible and other religious values. He believes that understanding the Bible in an intimate and accurate way allows followers to practice its teaching more adequately.
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