David A. deSilva, Ph.D.

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt (Kregel, 2015), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Oxford, 2012), Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of Revelation (Westminster John Knox, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVaristy, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Letter “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000).

He was involved in several major Bible translation projects, serving as the Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and working on the revision of the Apocrypha for the English Standard Version. He has also created several video resources and Mobile Ed courses, including “The Apocrypha: Witness Between the Testaments”, “The Cultural World of the New Testament”, and “Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews”.

Dr. deSilva leads his students into challenging and rewarding topics, not just for the sake of learning but also for the sake of transformation. One of his many contributions to the Kingdom is his collection of published works. In particular, he is most proud of the Introduction to the New Testament, which has nurtured countless Christian workers even beyond the walls of Ashland Theological Seminary.

Jayson Georges, M.Div.

Jayson Georges (M.Div. Talbot) is the founding editor of He has lived in Central Asia for 9 years doing church-planting and microenterprise-development. He currently works as Missiologist-in-Residence in at an evangelical missions organization. Now based in Atlanta, he travels internationally to research and train on the topic of honor and shame.

Jayson has authored The 3D Gospel (2014) and Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures (2016, with Mark Baker). He has published articles in Missiology, EMQ, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Mission Frontiers.

Paul R. Gupta, Ph.D.

Paul Rajkumar Gupta completed his B.Th from Piedmont Bible College, in 1977 ; M.Div in 1980 from Talbot Seminary, and his Th.M and PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, in 1992.

Dr. Gupta serves as the President and Director of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India. His primary vision is to see the Gospel is accessible to every man, woman, boy and girl by establishing worshiping communities everywhere. His main thrust is:

  • church planting through the equipping of national missionary teams to reach unreached people groups;
  • mobilizing the Church to a vision of discipling the nation through saturation church planting;
  • mobilizing the global church for missions and experiential learning, and
  • developing next-generation transformational leaders for the nations.

Dr. Gupta developed the HBI International ministries now known as HBI Global Partners in USA and he serves as the President of HBI Global Partners. He also serves as the one of the teaching pastors of New Calvary Church in India, which has been instrumental in planting six churches in the city of Chennai. In 2005, Dr. Gupta was honoured as the Alumnus of the year by Fuller Seminary.

In 2006, Dr. Gupta authored Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: Training Leaders for a Church-Planting Movement. Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter, then Provost and Senior Vice President of Fuller Theological Seminary, co-authored the book.

In the 30-plus years of Paul’s ministry as the President of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, God enabled Dr. Gupta to start a movement that has planted 8,266 churches through the mobilization of 761 national missionaries, with a membership of over 460,000 believers in 23 states of India and Nepal.

Steve Hawthorne, Ph.D.

Steve Hawthorne co-edited the book and course called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement with Ralph Winter. In the 1980s he initiated and led a series of teams doing field research to identify unreached people groups in world-class cities. He holds a PhD from Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Steve lives in Austin, Texas, leading a prayer and mission mobilization group called WayMakers. He speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus among the nations. Steve says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

D. Brent Sandy, Ph.D.

D. Brent Sandy (Ph.D. in Classical Studies, Duke University) has taught at Wheaton College since 2010. He was previously professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary. His current research focuses on the thinking and values of the NT world, in particular, orality and honor-shame. He has authored, co-authored, or edited six books, most recently The Lost World of Scripture (InterVarsity). He and his wife Cheryl have been married 45 years and have two sons, both married internationally and living in Europe.

Jackson Wu, Ph.D.

Jackson Wu teaches theology and missiology for Chinese church leaders in Asia. His books include Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame and One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization (2015). A forthcoming book with IVP explores how honor-shame influences our understanding of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

He consistently writes on his blog He is a regular blogger for Training Leaders International, and has guest written for Scot McKnight, Ed Stetzer, and the Missio blog. He serves on the steering committee for the Asian-American Theology Consultation for the Evangelical Theological Society. In addition, he is the book reviews editor of the mission and culture section for Themelios from The Gospel Coalition.

He earned a PhD in Applied Theology (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), after gaining an M.Div (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), M.A. in philosophy (Texas A&M), and B.S. in Applied Mathematics (Texas A&M).

Jackson’s primary research interests include contextualization, honor & shame, Romans and missiology. He labors to equip the church to contextualize the gospel in a way that is both biblically faithful and culturally meaningful.

The Honor-Shame Conference is not a function of Wheaton College.

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