SMBC Symposium: Listening to Majority World Voices

SMBC Symposium: Listening to Majority World Voices

WHAT: A one day symposium with Langham Partnership Scholars
SPEAKERS: Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Dr Peter Penner, Dr Seblewengel Daniel and Rev Dr Riad Kassis
WHEN: 8.45am–3.00pm Wednesday 17 May 2023
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132 OR online via Zoom
WHO: Pastors, mission leaders and anyone with a love for theology and mission
COST: $30 (on-campus or online)


Our God is the God of the nations. And over the last century the gospel has been abundantly bearing fruit in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In fact, more than 75% of the world's evangelicals now live in these regions! Yet too often we Western Christians limit our understanding of what God is doing by only listening to other people from the West, where the church is shrinking.

This symposium is a wonderful opportunity to listen. To listen to voices different to our own and marvel at the breadth and diversity of how God is working to grow the church amongst every nation, tribe, language and people.

Come and learn from world-leading biblical and theological scholars from the majority world and be challenged and inspired!

Join us on-campus or online (from wherever you are). Hint: this could make a great professional development day for your church or ministry team.


8:45–9:35 – Session 1
9:40–10:30 – Session 2
10:30–10:55 – Morning Tea
11:00-11:50 – Session 3
11:55–12:4 – Session 4
12:45–2:00 –  Lunch
2:00–3:00 – Panel Discussion
3:00–4:30 – Optional participation in SMBC Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Seminar

Sessions include interviews, presentations and audience participation. On-campus tickets include Morning Tea and Lunch.

Got questions? Email us or call us on +61 2 9747 4780


Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell is a Brazilian theologian from São Paulo. She served as the New Testament editor of the Latin American Bible Commentary (Langham International project) and is the former Principal of Redcliffe College. She was previously on the leadership of the World Evangelical Alliance, is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and has spoken at the Keswick Convention. Currently, she works as Director of Church Relations for the United Bible Societies. Rosalee lives in Birmingham, UK with her husband and three children.

Dr Peter Penner was born in Kazakhstan and grew up in Germany. He is the Director of Advanced Studies at the Eurasian Accrediting Association. He earned a ThD from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, in 1998 and a Dr Habilitus from the Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2012. He has served as Principal and later Dean of St. Petersburg Christian University in Russia, Director of Biblical Studies and contextual missiology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, and Dean and later Director of Advanced Studies at TCM International Institute in Heiligenkreuz, Austria. He was the New Testament editor of the Slavic Bible Commentary.

Dr Seblewengel Daniel teaches at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa. A Langham Scholar, Seble’s doctoral research focused on the perceptions and identity of Ethiopian Orthodox believers and evangelicals in Ethiopia. In the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church, she serves as the deputy chair of women. In 2015, she joined The International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation’s (INFEMIT) Networking Team as the second representative for Africa. Among other things, she advocates for eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation in Ethiopia. Seble lives in Addis with her husband and three children.

Rev Dr Riad Kassis is the International Director of the Langham Scholars Program. He also lectures part-time at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. Previously he held the position of Director for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education and was a Regional Director for Overseas Council. He has written many books and articles, including Frustration with God: A Syrian Theologian’s Reflections on Habakkuk, which has been published in Arabic, French and English. He was on the Editorial Committee and contributed commentary on Song of Songs and Deuteronomy for the Arabic Contemporary Bible Commentary. A citizen of both Lebanon and Syria, Riad lives in Lebanon with his wife Izdihar, a high school teacher and artist who leads a ministry to Syrian refugees that live in their area.

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