Th.D. Duke University
DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
ThM, Harvard University
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
BA, Political Science and History/Sociology, Columbia University
For Dr. Rah, engaging in urban ministry is a passion. “The urban environment is complex, constantly changing, and always challenging,” he says. His classes enable students to identify the skills necessary for practicing sociocultural analysis, expanding their understanding of the relationship between the church and the urban setting. “Anytime we can deepen the theology, it’s a good thing,” Dr. Rah says. “Also important are spiritual formation and discipleship. All of these serve to strengthen our work.”
Dr. Rah sees North Park’s location as an important piece of what the Seminary provides. “Chicago is part of the classroom we’re offering,” he says. “Being based in Chicago is a tremendous advantage. It is a center for community development, community organizing, and ethnic diversity, with diverse neighborhoods.”
As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Rah has seen firsthand the denomination’s significant growth in urban areas, and increasing need for intercultural ministry. He was founding senior pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Cambridge, Mass., a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.
A nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Rah has also served on a church-planting team in the Washington, D.C., area, and as campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing a doctor of theology at Duke Divinity School.
◎ Courses Taught
ML570/670/MK770 Pastoral Leadership in Complex Ethnic Context