Plenary sessions


john_barclayJohn M. G. Barclay is a British biblical scholar, historian of early Christianity, and academic. He is the current holder of the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University in Durham, England and is largely considered one of today’s most influential New Testament scholars. His most recent book is Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans, 2015), which many have recognized as the most significant book on Pauline theology in years.

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Jayson Georges (M.Div., Talbot) is the founding editor of He has served cross-culturally for 15 years, and lives in the Middle East. His books include The 3D Gospel and Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials, co-authored with Mark Baker. His latest book (2019, IVP) is Ministering in Patronage Cultures: Biblical Models and Missional Implications. His plenary session is titled: “Saving Ourselves From Shame.”


Larry S. Persons (PhD, Fuller, Intercultural Studies) was born and raised in Thailand. He has lived in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, and has exceptional command of the Thai language and culture. He is the CEO of CQ Leadership Consulting in Bangkok. In addition to leadership consulting, Larry teaches “Culturally Intelligent Leadership” at the graduate business school of Chulalongkorn University. He is the author of The Way Thais Lead: Face As Social Capital.


Benjamin C. Shin has served as a pastor, parachurch leader and professor for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Bible Exposition and Director of the Asian-American Ministry track for the Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He is the author (with Sheryl Silzer) of Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life & Ministry.

sheryl_silzerSheryl Takagi Silzer has worked as a multicultural consultant with Wycliffle Bible Translators offering Cultural Self Discovery workshops for multicultural teams for mission agencies, schools, organizations, and churches. She is an adjunct at Talbot School of Theology teaching the Asian Church in American Society with Ben Shin. She authored Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences and co-authored with Ben Shin Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life & Ministry. Her plenary session is titled: “Honor-Shame and Cultural Identity.”


T. V. Thomas is originally from Malaysia and is Founder and Director of the Centre for Evangelism & World Mission (founded in 1984) in Regina, Canada. For over three decades, T.V. has enjoyed trans-denominational and transcontinental ministry of speaking, teaching and networking. T.V. helps lead InterVarsity in Canada, Ethnic America Network (EAN), and Lausanne Global Diaspora Network (GDN).

Jackson_Wu-avatarJackson Wu (PhD, SEBTS) teaches theology and missiology. He is Theologian-In-Residence at Mission ONE. His books include Saving God’s Face and One Gospel for All Nations. His latest book is is Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. He regularly blogs at and is the book reviews editor of the mission and culture section for Themelios, a journal of The Gospel Coalition. His plenary session is titled: How Does Christ Bear Our Shame?

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

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