Dr. Vince L. Bantu joined us in 2016 as visiting professor of missiology. In the summer of 2017, Dr. Bantu became the director of the City Ministry Initiative. He holds an MA and PhD in Semitic and Egyptian languages from the Catholic University of America and serves on the board of the Jude 3 Project. Dr. Bantu is an MDiv graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston. He has served as a pastoral intern in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under Dr. Soong-Chan Rah and as associate pastor of Greater Life Christian Fellowship in Newark, New Jersey. He also served as a program coordinator for the Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston and as a youth pastor for World Impact in Newark.
Dr. Bantu also holds a ThM in church history from Princeton Seminary and a BA in theology from Wheaton College. His primary interests include theological contextualization, racial reconciliation, early Christianity in Africa and Asia, and theological education in under-resourced communities. He is currently developing a book project with InterVarsity Press exploring the multiethnic nature of the early church.
Dr. Bantu is happy to be back in his native St Louis, where he serves as pastor of education at Outpour Evangelical Covenant Church. He currently directs local networks such as the Inter-Minority Dialogue, Minority Scholars of Religion and Theology, and the African American Interfaith Dialogue of St. Louis. Dr. Bantu, his wife, Diana, and their two daughters enjoy traveling, parks, and games, and are huge movie fans.