Allen L. Yeh

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • D.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.Th., Edinburgh University
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Yale University

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Allen Yeh is a missiologist who specializes in Latin America and China. He also has other academic interests in history, classical music, homiletics, social justice, the California missions, the Maya, and biographical interest in Jonathan Edwards (America's greatest theologian) and Adoniram Judson (America's first intercontinental missionary). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia. He earned his B.A. from Yale, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, M.Th. from Edinburgh, and D.Phil. from Oxford. Despite this alphabet soup, he believes that experience is the greatest teacher of all (besides the Bible). As such, Allen has been to over 60 countries on every continent, to study, do missions work, and experience the culture. As Mark Twain said in 1857, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." He is joyfully married to Arianna Molloy, a professor in Biola's Communication Studies Department.


  • Latin American Theological Fraternity (Fraternidad Teologia Latinoamericana, or FTL) since 2006
  • Evangelical Homiletics Society (EHS) since 2006
  • American Society of Church History (ASCH) since 2007
  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) since 2007
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR) since 2003



  • Polycentric Missiology: 21st Century Mission from Everyone to Everywhere (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016).
  • Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things: William Carey & Adoniram Judson, Missionary Pioneers (Studies in World Christianity), co-edited with Chris Chun (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2013).
  • Routes and Radishes: and Other Things to Talk About at the Evangelical Crossroads, co-authored with Dwight Friesen, Mark Russell, Michelle Sanchez, and Chelle Stearns (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010).

Book chapters

  • "Theology and Orthopraxis in 21st-Century Global Evangelicalism" in Mark Labberton, ed., Still Evangelical?: Twelve Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2018).
  • Together Towards Life and The Cape Town Commitment” in Kenneth R. Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyriaki Avtzi, Roderick R. Hewitt, eds., Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and New Conceptions of Mission (Oxford: Regnum, 2016).
  • “The Chinese Diaspora Church and Cross-Cultural Mission”, co-authored with Paul Woods, in Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori, eds., Scattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology (Oxford: Regnum, 2016).
  • “Asian Perspectives on 21st Century Pluralism” in Scott Sunquist and Amos Yong, eds., The Gospel and Pluralism Today: Reassessing Lesslie Newbigin in the Twenty-First Century (IVP Academic, 2015). [Vol. 1 of IVP’s Missiological Engagements series]
  • “The Chinese Diaspora” in Amos Yong and Chandler Im, eds., Global Diasporas and Mission (Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Vol. 23) (Oxford: Regnum, 2014).
  • “The Significance of the California Missions in Californian Theology and Culture” in Fred Sanders and Jason S. Sexton, eds., Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014).
  • “Asia and Latin America: Taking the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth” in Casely B. Essamuah and David K. Ngairuiya, eds., Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora: in Honor of Dr. Tite Tienou with additional essays on World Christianity (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2014).
  • “Tokyo 2010: Global Mission Consultation” in Todd Johnson, Rodney Petersen, Gina Bellofatto, and Travis Meyers, eds., The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2011).


  • “A.J. Gordon and Social Action” in American Baptist Quarterly (Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer 2015), issue in honor of the 175th anniversary of his birth.
  • “Hispanic and Asian North American (HANA) Theologians Together: A Groundbreaking Consultation”, co-authored with Octavio Esqueda, in Lausanne Global Analysis (Vol. 4, No. 4, July 2015). “Missions” in Brian C. Stiller, Todd M. Johnson, Karen Stiller, and Mark Hutchinson, eds., Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015).
  • “Migration and Global Mission” in Common Ground Journal: Perspectives on the Church in the 21st Century (Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2015).
  • “The Virgin of Guadalupe” in International Journal of Frontier Missiology (Vol. 28, No. 4, October-December 2011), co-authored with Gabriela Olaguibel.
  • “Lessons from 2010: Tokyo, Edinburgh, Cape Town, & Boston’s successes and failures as prelude to CLADE V” in Journal of Latin American Theology: Christian Reflections from the Latino South (Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011).
  • “2010 Boston: The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity” in Missiology: An International Review (Vol. 39, No. 2, April 2011).
  • “A Participant’s Account of Lausanne III” in Evangelical Missions Quarterly (Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2011).
  • “Tokyo 2010: Global Mission Consultation” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research (Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2011).

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