Baylor Professor to Speak on the Globalization of African Christianity

October 20, 2008

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. David Ngong, a lecturer in African studies, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Religion at Baylor University, will present a lecture on "The Global Impact of Africa's New Christianity" as part of the Global Issues Lecture Series at 4 p.m., Oct. 23, in Draper 116 on the Baylor Campus. This lecture, presented by the Center for International Education, is free and open to the public.

Originally from Cameroon, Africa, Ngong received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon and a bachelor's degree in Theology from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. He received a Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in religion from Baylor.

Ngong said, the goal of this lecture is to demonstrate how some recent expressions of African Christianity are going global and making their presence felt not only in Africa, but also in many other regions of the world, including the United States and Europe. Ngong will be discussing what this new Christianity is, looking at its background and theology, and how it is making its mark around the world.

"I hope that those who attend the lecture would leave with a renewed sense of the importance of African Christianity within the context of world Christianity," Ngong said.

The Global Issues Lecture Series occurs every semester, with an average of four or five speakers covering a wide variety of topics.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for people to broaden their knowledge in different areas," said Dr. Lilly Souza-Fuertes, a Spanish professor who organizes the lecture series. "I tell my students it doesn't matter that the topic is not in their area of studies; it is important to become familiar with a variety of issues, as we live in a globalized world."

For more information on the Global Issues lecture series contact Souza-Fuertez at (254) 710-4531.