Title: Religion Educator (Retired)
Institution: Asbury Theological Seminary
Location: Wilmore, Kentucky, United States
Joseph Shou-Jen Wang, Religion Educator (Retired) at Asbury Theological Seminary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious education.
Dr. Wang became a minister and teacher because he is a dedicated Christian and feels it is his life’s purpose to serve. He has taught and spoken in many seminaries and churches all over the world. Dr. Wang grew up in Taiwan and he knew that if he wanted to serve he had to have a solid education, so he decided to attend National Taiwan University in Taipei, earning a BS in 1957. He also knew that if he was to have a good seminary education he needed to go to the United States. Dr. Wang immigrated to the United States in 1960 and attended Asbury Theological Seminary, where he earned a BD in 1963. While at the seminary, several professors told Dr. Wang that he had a special God-given ability, and God did not want Dr. Wang to waste his ability. Therefore, those professors and administrators at Asbury Theological Seminary encouraged Dr. Wang to further his education.
Heeding their words and his own belief in himself and God, Dr. Wang received a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1964 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 1970. He was ordained to the ministry of the Free Methodist Church North America as a deacon in 1971 and as an elder in 1973. Dr. Wang returned to his alma mater and taught at Asbury Theological Seminary from 1970 until his retirement in 2004 and considers this to be the highlight of his career. He has also lectured as a guest professor at both Peking University and Tsinghua University and shared his knowledge with others as a contributing author. His works include “An Inquiry into Soteriology,” “The Wesley Bible,” “Romans, Asbury Bible Commentary,” and various book chapters and articles to professional journals in both English and Chinese.
Dr. Wang’s greatest achievements include teaching New Testament theology and translating some portions of the Bible from the original languages to Chinese and English. He is glad that his work has led him to a more in-depth understanding of the Bible, and is glad he is able to help people do the same thing. Dr. Wang believes his success is rooted in helping other people understand the word of God and practice the teachings of the Bible. He has been lauded for his work with them and is a fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research and holds a membership with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Wesleyan Theological Society. Furthermore, Dr. Wang is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator of America Award, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion.
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