We are academic practitioners

Our international team of experts are engaged in church planting, evangelism, and discipleship around the world. They address social justice issues and catalyze movements. They know ministry because they are not just academics; they are practitioners. This is the ultimate intersection of the academy and the field where we bring current and relevant research and make it applicable so that you are the most effective you can be.

  • We have more than 300 years of collective cultural engagement in the Post-Christian West, the Muslim, Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist, and Jewish worlds, as well as in former and current communist worlds.

  • We've equipped and trained Christian leaders on six continents and speak Arabic, Czech, English, Hebrew, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, and Spanish. Plus, we read the biblical manuscripts in their original languages.

  • We have seven PhDs, two professional doctorates, and six masters degree instructors from prestigious evangelical seminaries.

What some of our expert faculty are saying

Ephesiology Master Classes is full of cutting-edge resources to meet the training needs of today’s missional worker. Combining academic rigor with practical insights and real time application, the Master Classes uses online technology in the virtual classroom to give relevant, biblical content for the missiological challenges of our ever changing, ever needy world.

Gary Fujino, Professor of Diaspora, Missional University


The idea of having a fully accredited online degree focusing on movements and movement dynamics has been a long-term dream. Here is one that is led by very thoughtful practitioners in missional ecclesiology. What’s not to like?

Alan Hirsch, Author and Founder of Movement Leaders Collective and Forge Missional Training Network 


Ephesiology could prove to be a trendsetter which fills an important gap for many organizations as the future of missiological education may likely involve the development and curation of online resources and courses. I commend you for your vision and creativity.

Warrick Farah, Missiologist, One Collective


Ephesiology Master Classes give you the access to high level input from experts in their field. It is presented in an accessible format and an engaging style, equipping everyday leaders and every leader to be able to grow in particular areas, as well as generally in the character and competency of leadership and to become more Christ-like.

Rich Robinson, Director of CREO Ventures


Ephesiology Master Classes fills a gap that no group or no idea is filling. I love the idea of an academically rigorous and immensely practical digital equipping of leaders toward kingdom ministry. That’s a powerful combination.

Jeff Christopherson, Author, Co-Founder, and Missiologist, Send Institute


Ephesiology Master Classes is valuable because it allows the student to connect with a wide array of theologians who are also practitioners. Learning from those who are also doing allows the student to not only understand the facts of missiology, but also gain the insight that comes from wisdom of the instructors who are applying what they know to the mission. Truth, saturated in practice that yields wisdom is the best well to drink from when training for ministry.

Steve Leston, President and CEO, To Every Tribe

Meet Our Team of Experts

Our team of subject matter experts are hard at work designing more classes to ensure you have the most relevant training available.

Associate Professor of Church Planting

Jeff Christopherson

Jeff is Chief Missiologist and Co-Founder of the Send Institute. Author of several books including Kingdom Matrix: Designing a Church for the Kingdom of God, and Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements. His weekly column ‘Missio Mondays’ is featured in Christianity Today. Jeff serves as a Co-Vocational pastor of The Sanctuary in Oakville, Ontario. He is married to Laura and has two children.

Associate Professor of Movement Leadership

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, 100Movements, The 5Q Collective, and Future Travelers. All these are focussed on developing missional leadership and movemental organization. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways; 5Q; The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus, and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford), and On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson).

Professor of New Testament

Sylvie Raquel

Dr. Raquel’s heart is for the Church and missions. She is fluent in three spoken languages (English, French, and Spanish) and uses that knowledge for the Kingdom of God. She worked in three different international churches in the areas of youth ministry, discipleship ministry, and prison ministry and also co-founded two ESL ministries. She participated or led missions trips to Kazakhstan, France, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Zambia, and India, as well as within the U.S. A. She is now looking into translating Bible resources in French and teaching online Spanish theological studies.

Assistant Professor of Social Justice

Kathy Richards Bhatia

Kathy’s life objective is to bring the incarnational presence of Christ to people in traumatic or challenging life circumstances. To that end, she has served since 2014 as Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa for She Is Safe, a non-profit ministry working with women and girls at extreme risk of abuse and slavery. She worked for five years as a chaplain at a level one trauma center, and has earned her board certification status. Born and raised in the Middle East, a third-culture kid, a fourth generation minister of the Gospel, and mother of five adult children, she brings extensive intercultural experience and communication skills into her pastoral leadership roles. She is married to Dr. Amit Bhatia, with whom she shares a love for Indian food, international travel and hiking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Professor of Evangelism

Randy Newman

Dr. Newman earned a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has served in campus ministry for over thirty years. He now teaches at several evangelical seminaries and ministers in a variety of churches. He is currently a senior teaching fellow with The C. S. Lewis Institute in Washington, DC.

Assistant Professor of Discipleship

Matt Till

Matt is a gospel-centered pastor, teacher, and communicator. Together with his wife Mary, their purpose is to lead the church in the ways of Jesus and the mission of Jesus. Matt holds a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and Directing, and is a 2018 residency graduate of Reach Chicago, a church planting network through the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Matt also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

Assistant Professor of Discipleship

Andrew Johnson

Andrew is a proud husband, father and pastor in the Bayou City, Houston, TX. Previously, he’s ministered in Chicago, Flagstaff and Tempe in a variety of church contexts. After graduating Phoenix Seminary, he, his wife and three kids moved to Houston join the growing ministry at Neartown Church, a church geared towards starting and supporting other strong local churches via church planting. When not at work, he’s an avid disc golfing, ultimate playing, Spider-Man following/collecting fellow. Go Pacers.

Assistant Professor of Culture and Media

SeunMin Hong

Dr. Hong earned his PhD from the University of Iowa and a MA in Communication and Culture from Trinity Graduate School.

Professor of Missiology

Gary Fujino

Dr. Fujino earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School focusing on how biblical forgiveness is appropriated differently among expat and Japanese Christians in an intercultural context. He is currently Professor of Diaspora Studies for the online Missional University with a focus on diaspora theory and practice for mission. He is a member of the Global Diaspora Institute, Global Diaspora Network and the North American Diaspora Educators Forum. He formerly served as an evangelist and church planter in Japan and among the Japanese diaspora with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Fujino has written extensively on diaspora both generally and specific to the Japanese context, as well as on church planting and issues of identity, race and ethnicity.

Professor of Spiritual Formation

Donald Patrick Harris

Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. Others appreciate his creative, contemplative, and collaborative approach to complex issues. Individuals and organizations also apply the insights and experiences Don shares via seminars and workshops, small groups, and—of course—one-to-one.

Associate Professor of Missiology

Warrick Farah

Dr. Farah earned a DMiss from Fuller and is currently working towards a PhD from the Oxford Center of Mission Studies. He is co-editor of Margins of Islam: Ministry in Diverse Muslim Contexts (2018) and editor of Motus Dei: The Movement of God and the Discipleship of Nations (forthcoming in 2021). As a missiologist with One Collective, he currently serves in theological education in the Middle East, training Arab world leaders for ministry in the region. His research topics include Muslim Studies, Frontier Missiology, Theology of Mission, and Movements. Warrick has published in journals such as Evangelical Missions Quarterly, International Journal of Frontier Missiology, and Global Missiology.

Associate Professor of World Religions

Amit Bhatia

Dr. Amit Bhatia (PhD, Intercultural Studies), serves as the director of Corban University’s Bachelor of Science program for Adults In Custody through the Oregon state prison system. He is the author of Engaging Muslims & Islam: Lessons for 21st-Century American Evangelicals (2017). Amit has spent more than 20 years bridging the gap between academia and the church, serving as a pastor in several different multi-ethnic congregations during his years in seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Fully committed to training Christians for ministry and to engaging people from other faiths with the gospel of Jesus Christ, he specializes in courses on missions, world religions, and culture. He is married to Kathryn Richards Bhatia, MDiv, BCC, with whom he shares a love for Indian food, international travel and hiking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

Associate Professor of Apologetics

Stephen Leston

Dr. Stephen Leston is the President of To Every Tribe, a mission training and sending agency. Prior to this role, Stephen served as the pastor of Kishwaukee Bible Church in DeKalb Illinois. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. He loves preaching, teaching, and equipping the next generation of leaders how to do the same. In addition to being the Author of The Bible in World History, He is also the author of The Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles and has contributed to several volumes of the Layman's Commentary Series. Steve's heart is to see people understand how to read, understand and apply the Christian Bible to their lives.

Associate Professor of Movement Leadership

Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson pioneered training work with multiple churches, charities, denominations and organizations across Europe, America, Australasia, Africa and Asia. Focused on disciple-making, leadership development, strategic and cultural change and scalable multiplication.

Professor of Orality

Tom Steffen

Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Are you a majority world church or mission agency?

We would love to serve you. Our team of instructors are available to travel and teach where you are. Contact us for more information.