Wagner Kuhn. Photo credit: Austin Ho

September 1, 2022

Wagner Kuhn named new Seminary Associate Dean at Andrews University

Wagner Kuhn, PhD, has accepted the administrative position of associate dean at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

Originally from Brazil, Kuhn has extensive cross-cultural experience. He has worked on three continents in various capacities within the Adventist church, including country director for ADRA Azerbaijan.

Kuhn began his pastoral career in Brazil working for the publishing department of the Southern Rio-Grande Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and he later served as professor of mission and theology for the Adventist Theological Seminary in São Paulo. Later he served as a pastor in Framingham, Massachusetts.

After receiving his PhD in intercultural studies (missiology and international development) from the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, Kuhn began serving at Andrews University in 2005 as associate director of the Institute of World Mission and associate professor in the Department of World Mission.

In June 2011, he became a fulltime faculty member as professor of mission and intercultural studies while also serving as director of the Doctor of Missiology program from 2014–2016. Currently, he is chair of the Department of World Mission and director of the post-doctoral program.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Kuhn accepted this responsibility. God prepared him well for this important and challenging ministry, and I am sure He will guide him to give prosperity and success. I rejoice over the fact that we will work closely together to facilitate the fulfillment of the Seminary’s mission to be the light and the theological resource for our worldwide Adventist Church and beyond,” says Jiri Moskala, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

“Dr. Kuhn brings to this position a wealth of international experience in both administration and teaching; this will be an invaluable asset to this critical role in the Seminary,” adds Andrews University president, Andrea Luxton, PhD.

Kuhn has also published “Christian Relief and Development: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives of the Holistic Gospel” and edited “Adventist Mission: Stories of Adventist Missionaries on the Frontlines,” among other scholarly works.

Kuhn is married to Gisele Kuhn, and they have two adult daughters, Gielle and Gillian.

Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 160 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world.


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