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Dr. Chris Gnanakan

Chris Gnanakan

Professor, School of Divinity

Discipline: Theology & Global Studies


  • D.D. Mission Theology and Church Leadership from Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Ph.D. Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Leeds, UK
  • D.Min Pastoral Theology and Missiology from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India
  • M.Th Pastoral Theology and Counseling from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India
  • M.Div Practical Theology from Asia Graduate School of Theology, ATA, Bangalore, India
  • BA Bible & Christian Ministries (Valedictorian, Class President) from Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
  • Diploma in Biblical Studies from Word of Life Bible Institute, NY
  • Diploma in Electrical Vocational Trades from Motor Industries Company, Bangalore, India


Church Planter, Ordained Minister (Revd.), Pastor-Teacher, Missional Leader: 

  • Fellowship Bible Church, Castleton, VT USA (CP, Founder) 1986-1987
  • Banaswadi Bible (Emmanuel) Church, Bangalore, India (CP, Founder) 1991-1997
  • The Dean of Chapel (Campus Pastor, South Asia Institute, Bangalore) 1997-2008
  • South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds, UK (Pastor-Teacher, Cragg Hill) 2002-2006
  • Bangor Baptist, Maine; Capital Baptist, Annandale, VA (Mission pastor) 2009-present

Lecturer-Professor: Pastoral-Theological & Biblical-Missional Studies:

  • Professor and Chair/Head of Pastoral Theology & Counseling at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS, Bangalore) 1995-2008
  • International Faculty & Professor, Biblical Mandate for Evangelism at Haggai Institute for Leadership Development, Maui, USA; Singapore 1999-2008
  • Consultant, Academic Presenter on “Faith, Healing & Reconciliation” at Commission for World Mission & Evangelism: Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and North America 2000-2010
  • Visiting Professor for Clinical Pastoral Education at Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India 2003-2008
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) to Professor Nigel Biggar, Theology and Ethics at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK 2004-2006
  • Visiting Tutor/Professor for Religions, Worldviews and Globalization, Spurgeon’s College, London, UK 2004-2006
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biblical-Mission Studies; Evangelism, Mission & Martyrdom at Grace Evangelical College & Seminary, Bangor, ME 2010-present
  • International Faculty, certified “Master Trainer”, Course Writer at Dynamic Church Planting International, DCPI, Oceanside, CA 2010-present
  • Visiting Faculty, NT Studies (1Peter; Book of Acts; Missions) at Word of Life Bible Institute, NY, FL (Alumnus of the Year 2013) 2011-present
  • Visiting Faculty, Biblical-Missional Studies (Suffering & Mission, 1Peter, Acts) at Trinity Baptist College, FL; Doctor of Divinity, conferred May 2014 2012-present
  • Professor of Biblical and Theological and Global Studies at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 2014-present

Membership & Affiliations

  • Executive director of Outreach to Asia Nationals (OTAN), Winchester, VA
  • Global Alliance for Church Multiplication (GACM)
  • World Evangelical Association (WEA)
  • Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI)
  • Missio Nexus Board: 15:20 Coalition

Publications Samples & Conference Presentations

  • Charismata and Compassion, Lambert Academic Press, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2012
  • Angels and Demons, “Wounded Warrior-Healer”, Illinois, Apollos/IVP, 2007
  • South Asia Biblical Commentary, “First & Second Peter”, Langham Press, forthcoming
  • “A Theology of Suffering” Indian Missions Journal, October 2002 (p.19-23)
  • Book Review: Thomas C. Fox’s Pentecost in Asia: A New Way of Being the Church, Pneuma, 25/2, 2003, (p.314-16)
  • “A Critique of the Prosperity Gospel in South India”, Wealth and Poverty Issue, SHAP Journal for World Religions in Education, London, June 2004 (p.99-100)
  • “Pastoral and Community Care to HIV/AIDS Affected” TIBS Journal, Bangalore, India 9/2, 2007 (p.55-68)