VănThanh Nguyễn, SVD

vănThanh Nguyễn, SVD

Professor of New Testament Studies

Advisor for the MA in Biblical Ministry

Bishop Francis X. Ford, MM, Chair of Catholic Missiology



MA, Catholic Theological Union

SThD, Pontifical Gregorian University


vănThanh is a missionary priest of the Society of the Divine Word and has served on the CTU faculty since 2005. He is the Rector (or Superior) of Divine Word Theologate located in Hyde Park, Chicago.


He serves on the Board of Directors and the Board Trustees of Divine Word College (2011-present) and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Missiology (2017-present). He is a co-convener and coordinator of Biblical Studies and Mission (BISAM) in the International Association for Mission Studies (IASM; 2012-present). He is an associate editor of the Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies (MS; 2013-present), and the managing editor of the Journal of Association of Asian/North American Theological Educators (JAANATE; 2013-present).



Peter and Cornelius: A Story of Conversion and Mission (Pickwick, 2012)


Stories of Early Christianity (Liguori, 2013)


God’s People on the Move: Biblical and Global Perspectives of Migration and Mission (Co-editor; Pickwick, 2014).


Giáo Hi Sơ Khai (The Early Church; HCMC, 2015)


Selected Chapters in Books:

“Missionary Churches in Acts: A Model of Intercultural Engagement with the Nations.” In Contemporary Mission Theology: Engaging the Nations, edited by Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, 135-145. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.


“Preaching in the New Testament.” In Handbook for Catholic Preachers, ed. Edward Foley, et al., 41-50. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.


“Reading the Bible in the New Christianity.” In World Christianity and Global Theologizing: Perspectives and Insights, edited by Jonathan Tan and Anh Tran. 109-126. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2016.


“Prophetic Christology in the New Testament.” In Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context and Prophetic Dialogue, edited by Steve Bevans and Cathy Ross. 3-18. SCM Press: 2015.


“The Perennial Spirituality of Jesus according to Luke.” In Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences, edited by Robert Schreiter. 177-196. San Antonio, TX: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2015.


“Siervo de Yavé” (Servant of the LORD), in Pasión de Jesucristo, edited by Luis Diez Merino, Robin Ryan, Adolfo Lippi. 1201-1211. Madrid: San Pablo, 2015.