Rev. Dr. Dale T. Irvin

Professor of World Christianity

Office phone: 212-870-1223

Educational Background

  • BA Thomas Edison State College
  • MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary
  • PhD Union Theological Seminary

Religious Affiliation

  • American Baptist Churches, USA/United Church of Christ


Dale T. Irvin is Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, in New York City.  He previously served the school as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.  A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1981) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (PhD, 1989), he has been a member of the Seminary’s faculty since 1989.  He is the author of several books, including History of the World Christian Movement, a three-volume project he has written with Scott W. Sunquist.  Over the past several decades his articles have appeared in a number of journals such as Christianity Today, Christian Century, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies.  He is a founding editor of The Journal of World Christianity and serves on the editorial board of The Living Pulpit.  Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at a number of theological schools and universities, including the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden, and has lectured and preached throughout the world.  An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.


A History of the World Christian Movement:  Volume I, Earliest Christianity to 1453, co-written with Scott W. Sunquist, Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books / Edinburgh:  T. & T.  Clark, 2001; Bangalore, India:  Theological Publications India, 2004.  Translated into Portuguese (2004) and Indonesian (2005).  Volume was named to the “Outstanding Academic Title” list of Choice magazine in 2002; selected by the Catholic Book Association as the outstanding book in theology and history for 2001; and listed by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research as one of the fifteen outstanding books in mission studies for 2001.

A History of the World Christian Movement:  Volume II, 1453 to 2000, co-written with Scott W. Sunquist, Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, forthcoming 2012.

Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning:  Rendering Accounts, Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 1998.

The Agitated Mind of God:  The Theology of Kosuke Koyama, co-edited with Akintunde E. Akinade, Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 1996.  Book was named by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research as one of the fifteen outstanding books in mission studies for 1996.

Hearing Many Voices:  Dialogue and Diversity in the Ecumenical Movement, Lanham, MD:  University Press of America, 1994.


Chapters in books

“Mission and Evangelism,” in The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies, Geoffrey Wainwright and Paul McPartlan, eds., New York:  Oxford Press, forthcoming.

“The Church Bound and Free:  Bartholomew and the Constantinian Heritage of Christendom,” in The Patriarchate of Bartholomew I: Its Premises and Promises, William G. Rusch, ed., Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, forthcoming.

“Migration and the City,” in Theology of Migration in World Christianity, Peter Phan and Elaine Padilla, eds., New York:  Palgrave, forthcoming.

“Meeting beyond These Shores:  Black Pentecostalism, Black Theology and the Global Context, in AfroPentecostism, Amos Young and Estralda Alexander, eds., New York:  NYU Press, 2011.

“The Trinity and Social-Political Ethics,” in Handbook on the Trinity, Peter Phan, ed., New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“Theological Education in a Transnational Context:  Learning from the Center for World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary,” in A New Day:  Essays on World Christianity in Honor of Lamin Sanneh, Akintunde E. Akinade, ed., New York:  Peter Lang, 2010.

“Benedict XVI, the Ends of European Christendom, and the Horizons of World Christianity,” in The Pontificate of Benedict XVI: Its Premises and Promises, William G. Rusch, ed., Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2009.

“Where Are the Pentecostals in an Age of Empire?” co-written with Elaine Padilla, in Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo, Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzel, eds., Grand Rapids:  Brazos Books, 2008.

“Power in Mission,” with Kevin Mannoia, in Faith and Order: Toward a North American Conference, Norman A. Hjelm, ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

“The Terror of History and the Memory of Redemption:  Engaging the Ambiguities of the Christian Past,” Surviving Terror:  Hope and Justice in a World of Violence, Victoria L. Erickson and Michelle Lim Jones, eds., Grand Rapids:  Brazos Press, 2002.

“Charles Price Jones and the Sufficiency of Jesus,” Portraits of the First Generation:  Essays on the Centennial Celebration of the Pentecostal Movement, edited by James R. Goff., Jr.and Grant Wacker, Little Rock:  University of Arkansas Press, 2002.

“New Directions in Faith and Order for the Twenty-first Century:  Building a New Common Table,” Concord Makes Strength:  Essays in Reformed Ecumenism, John W. Coakley, ed., Grand Rapids:  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002.

“A New Understanding of World Christianity for the 21st Century” and “Christianity in the Modern World:  Facing Postmodern Culture and Religious Pluralism,” The Future of Religions in the 21st Century, Peter T.  M.  Ng, ed., Hong Kong:  Centre for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2001.

“Strangers and the Homecoming:  Church and Community in the Grammar of Faith,” in The Courage to Hope:  From Black Suffering to Human Redemption, Quinton Hosford Dixie and Cornel West, eds., Boston:  Beacon Press, 1999.

“Mission as Dialogue:  The Contribution of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy,” in Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy:  Studies in His Life and Thought, M. Darrol Bryant and Hans R. Huessy, eds., Lewiston, NY:  Edwin Mullen Press, 1986.


Articles in journals

“The Church, the Urban, and the Global: Mission in an Age of Global Cities,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 33:4 (October 2009).

“Rejoicing in Hope:  A Tribute to Kosuke Koyama,” with Akintunde E. Akinade, International Bulletin of Missionary Research 33:3 (July 2009).

“World Christianity: An Introduction,” Journal of World Christianity 1:1 (2008).

“Pentecostal Perspectives on ‘The Nature and Mission of the Church’:  A Response,” in Ecumenical Trends 35:8 (2006).

“Ecumenical Dislodgings,” Mission Studies 22:2 (2005).

“Pentecostal Historiography,” Pneuma:  Journal of the Society for Pentecostal 27:1 (2005).

“Christ and Spirit: Dogma, Discernment, and Dialogical Theology in a Religiously Plural World,” Amos Yong, Dale T. Irvin, Frank D. Macchia and Ralph Del Colle, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 12:1 (2003).

“The Gift of Mission,” Christianity Today 43:14 (Dec. 6, 1999).  One of five scholars invited to  write on the question, “Where Would Civilization Be Without Christianity?”  Article republished in The British Columbian Catholic 70:47 (Dec. 2000).

Guest Contributing Editor’s “Introduction,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review 52:1-2 (1998), James Melvin Washington memorial volume.

“‘Holiness unto the Lord’:  Toward a Holiness Christian Dialogue with Judaism,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 34:1 (1997):  13-38.

“Open-Ended Pedagogy in a Multicultural Classroom:  The Case for Theological Education,” Religious Studies News 4:1 (1996).

“Toward a Hermeneutics of Difference at the Crossroads of Ecumenics,” The Ecumenical Review, 47:3 (1995).

“Contextualization and Catholicity:  Looking Anew for the Unity of the Faith,” Studia Theologica 48:2 (1995).

“‘Drawing All Together in One Bond of Love’:  The Ecumenical Vision of William J. Seymour and Azusa St.,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 6:1 (1995).

“From One Story to Many:  An Ecumenical Reappraisal of Church History,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 28:4 (1991).

“The Banquet of Ecumenical Theology,” The Ecumenical Review 43:1 (1991).

“John R. Mott and World-Centered Theology,” Missiology 12:2 (1984).

“Social Witness Policies:  An Historical Overview,” Journal of Presbyterian History 57:4 (1979).

Founding co-editor of Journal of World Christianity

Member of the Editorial Board and regular contributor to The Living Pulpit


Encyclopedia entries

“History of World Christianity” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Daniel Patte, ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

“Global Christianity,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, George Kurian, ed., New York:  Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009.

“Fundamentalism,” in Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, Stanley M. Burgess, ed. New York:  Berkshire/Routledge Publishers, 2006.

“History of Christianity,” in Christianity: The Complete Guide, John Bowden, ed., Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2005.

“Millennialism” in Encyclopedia of Religious Rituals, F. Salamone, ed.  New York: Berkshire/Routledge, 2003.

“Holiness Movement,” “Camp Meeting,” and “Shakers,” in Encyclopedia of Millennial Movements, R.  Landes, ed. New York: Berkshire-Routledge, 2000.


Book reviews

Review of Dana L. Robert, Christian Mission:  How Christianity Became a World Religion in Christian Century, March 8, 2011.

Review of Michael Bergunder, The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century in Church History:  Studies in Christianity and Culture 78:2 (2009).

Review of Daniel O. Aleshire, Earthen Vessels:  Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, in Christian Century, February 24, 2009.

Review of Allan Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism:  Global Charismatic Christianity in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 16:1 (2007).

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story:  A History of the Movement, David W. Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism:  The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, and Ian Randall, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 30:4 (Oct. 2006).

Review of Eugene Rogers, After the Spirit: A Constructive Pneumatology from Resources outside the Modern West in Pneuma:  Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 28:2 (2006).

Review of Eric O. Jacobsen, Sidewalks in the Kingdom, in Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 1:2 (2005).

Review of Linda Woodhead, An Introduction to Christianity, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29:3 (2005).

Review of William K. Kay and Anne E. Dyer, Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies: A Reader in Pneuma:  Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 27:2 (2005).    

Review of Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom:  The Coming of Global Christianity in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 13:2 (2005).

Review of Dana L. Robert, Occupy until I Come: A. T. Pierson and the Evangelization of the World, in Church History 73:4 (Dec. 2004).

Review of Lamin Sanneh, Whose Religion Is Christianity?  The Gospel beyond the West and Wilbert R. Shenk, ed., Enlarging the Story:  Perspectives on Writing World Christian History in Christian Century July 27, 2004.

Review of Amos Yong, Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 12:2 (2004).

Review of Andrew F. Walls, The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 26:4 (Oct. 2002).

Review of Lee Griffith, The War on Terror and the Terror of God in Church History 71:4 (2002).

Review of Huston Smith, Why Religion Matters:  The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief in Christian Century June 20, 2001.

Review of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Spiritus Ubi Vult Spirat:  Pneumatology in Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue (1972-1989), in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 6:1 (April 2000).

Review of Ian McFarland, Listening to the Least: Doing Theology from the Outside In, in International Journal of Systematic Theology 2:2 (July 2000).

Review of Edith L. Blumhofer, Russell P. Spittler, and Grant A. Wacker, eds.,  Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism, in Pneuma:  Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 22:1 (Spring 2000).

Review of Steve Brouwer, Paul Gifford, and Susan D. Rose, Exporting the American Gospel:  Global Christian Fundamentalism, in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research 21:3 (Summer 1997).

Review of M. Richard Shaull, The Reformation and Liberation Theology, and Walter Altmann, Luther and Liberation: A Latin American Perspective in Lutheran Partners, Nov. 1992.


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