Rev. Dr. Soong Chan Rah (Twitter: @profrah)
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for the Changing Church (Moody Press, 2010); Prophetic Lament (A Resonate Commentary on Lamentations from IVP Books, 2015); co-author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014); and co-author of Return to Justice (Brazos, 2016).
Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, 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 DC area, worked for a number of years with IVCF in Boston (specifically at MIT), and had mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.
He currently serves on the board of World Vision, Evangelicals 4 Justice, and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He has previously served on the board of Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association. He has been an active member of the Boston Ten-Point Coalition (an urban ministry working with at-risk youth) and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers.
He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching as well as on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan has been a main stage speaker at the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, the 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 ECC Midwinter Conference, the 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, the 2008 and 2014 CCDA National Conference, 2009 Cornerstone Festival, 2010 GCTS National Preaching Conference, 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly, 2012 Fuller Missiology Conference, and the 2015 Justice Conference.
Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University.
Soong-Chan, his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.