W. Don McClure Lectures in World Mission and Evangelism



 Jehu J. Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


Oct. 2, 2018

  • 11:30 a.m. Chapel Service. Scripture: Acts 6:1-7
  • 4:00 p.m. Public Lecture: "Christian Unity and Witness in a New Age of Migration"  An ASL interpreter will be present for this lecture.
  • 6:00 p.m. World Mission Initiative Dinner, John Knox Room, Long Hall. Online registration available below.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Contact the Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education at ConEd@pts.edu or 412-924-1345 for more information.


Join us for the annual W. Don McClure Lectures Mon., Oct. 1 and Tues., Oct. 2, 2018. Jehu J. Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks associate professor of world christianity at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, will keynote. These lectures and discussions, held in the John Knox Room, Long Hall on the Seminary campus, are free and open to the public.

In preparation for Dr. Hanciles' lecture, we recommend reading his article, "Beyond Christendom: African Migration and Transformations in Global Christianity."

Speaker Bio

Dr. Hanciles has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and the United States and been a visiting professor at schools around the world. Before joining the faculty at Candler in 2012, Hanciles was associate professor of the history of Christianity and globalization, and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Hanciles’ current research surveys the history of global Christian expansion through the lens of migration. He has written and published on issues related to the history of Christianity (notably the African experience) and globalization, including two books, Euthanasia of a Mission: African Church Autonomy in a Colonial Context (Praeger, 2002) and Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West (Orbis Books, 2009), and countless articles. His article "The Future of Missiology as a Discipline" was one of the top 10 most read articles in Missiology in 2015. He serves as associate editor of Missiology, one of the premier scholarly journals of mission studies, and on the editorial advisory committee for Baylor University Press’s Studies in World Christianity.

Dinner Registration

The World Mission Initiative Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. Advance reservations are necessary to join us for dinner. Tickets are $20/person.

About the W. Don McClure Lectures

These lectures honor the Rev. Dr. W. Don McClure, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who served as a missionary in Africa for nearly 50 years. McClure’s years in Africa spanned dugout canoes to jet boats, in an arc through Sudan and Ethiopia equal to the distance between Pittsburgh and Dallas. After retirement he continued as a volunteer at Gode, Ethiopia, until guerrillas killed him on March 27, 1977. Don McClure's life story is told in Adventure in Africa: From Khartoum to Addis Ababa in Five Decades (1990; now available in Kindle format) written by Charles B. Partee, P.C. Rossin Professor Emeritus of Church History at the Seminary.