Dr. Chung-Yan (Joyce) Chan

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Dr. Chung-Yan (Joyce) Chan


TEACHING AREA: CHURCH HISTORY, worship, and Spiritual formation


Rev. Dr. Joyce Chan is the Professor of Church History at Carey Theological College and an ordained minister in the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Growing up in Hong Kong and moved to North America at age 17, Joyce describes herself as a true “1.5 generation.” She joined the faculty at Carey in 2004, pioneering the North American Chinese Ministries Program to equip both lay leaders and pastors for the Chinese immigrant churches in Canada.

Joyce received her M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary) and her Ph.D. in Religion (historical studies) from Baylor University. Her teaching areas include church history, spiritual formation, and worship studies. Her research interest focuses on documenting major movements and biographical stories among Chinese Canadian immigrant churches through both archival study and oral history. Her publications include Rediscover the Fading Memories: Early Chinese Canadian Christian History (2013), and William Dean and the First Chinese Study Bible (2014).

Joyce is a member at West Point Grey Baptist Church and serves in children ministry where she encounters more challenging theological questions from her elementary Sunday School students than her teaching at the seminary! When Joyce is not working, she enjoys reading, painting and calligraphy. Joyce is married to Benny and they have two school-aged children.

  • Ph.D. in Relgion, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2003. 'Beating the Rock' with the Hammer of God's Word: William Dean and Denominational Identity in Cross-cultural Context
  • M.Div. in Biblical-Theological Studies, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, CA, 1997.

  • B.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1994.
  • Author

  • “Poverty and the Poor in the Chinese Religions.” In Poverty and the Poor in the Worlds’ Religious Traditions, ed. William H. Brackney and Rupen Das. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2019. Pp. 54-109.

  • William Dean and the Making of the First Chinese Study Bible. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2015. (1)

  • Rediscover the Fading Memories: Early Chinese Canadian Christian History. Burnaby, BC: Chinese Christian Missions, 2013.

  • Editor

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Dialogue among North American Asian Christians. Asian and Multi-cultural Ministry in Canada Conference Proceedings, 2011-2012. Asian and Multi-cultural Ministry in Canada, Carey Theological College and Hudson Taylor Centre for Chinese Ministries at Tyndale Seminary, 2015.

  • Grant-Funded Research Project

  • “Ugly Ducklings”: Stories of Transformation among Chinese Canadians, Community Historical Recognition Project funded by the Canadian government in cooperation with Chinese Christian Missions in Canada, 2012-2013. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/programs/chinese.asp

  • Articles and Essays

  • “Reimagining Asian North American Women in Leadership” ATS Women in Leadership 20thAnniversary Conference Resource Paper, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2018.

  • “Ally or Invader of the “Forbbiden City” in the West? The Social and Cultural Implications of the Chinese Rescue Home in Victoria, British Columbia.” Jian Dao 28 (July 2007): 49-78. (1)

  • “Chinese Theological Education in North America.” Truth Monthly (December 2005). In Chinese.

  • “A Dream for North American Chinese Theological Education.” Truth Monthly (August 2005). In Chinese.

  • “Commonalities and Differences between Western and Eastern Theological Education.” Canadian Chinese Churches 9 (March 2005): 4. In Chinese

  • “Rediscovering a Missing Trail in Canadian Baptist Footprints in the Northwest: Stories of Chinese Baptists in Western Canada.” Baptist History & Heritage XXXIX (Summer/ Fall 2004): 20-35.

  • “Assembling the Puzzle of Baptist Theology: A Reappraisal of the Bible Societies Controversy.” American Baptist Quarterly XXII (December 2003): 465-489.

  • “Commands from Heaven: Matteo Ricci’s Christianity in the Eyes of Míng Confucian Officials.” Missiology (July 2003): 269-287.

  • “Ordination in the Baptist Experience: A Selected Bibliography.” In Ordination in the Baptist Tradition, ed. William H. Brackney. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004. pp. 205-215.

  • Book Reviews

  • Motivating Teaching in Higher Education with Technology (2014) by Jay R. Wilson and Edwin G. Ralph. Reflective Teaching. (Forthcoming)

  • Teaching with Cases: A Practical Guide by Espen Andersen and Bill Schiano. Reflective Teaching, 2016. http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/article.aspx?id=29390

  • Baptists in North America by William H. Brackney. American Baptist Quarterly 27 (Spr 2008): 79-80.

  • Religions in Asian America: Building Faith Communities. Edited by Pyong Gap Min and Jung Ha Kim. Journal of Church and State 45, no. 1 (Winter 2003): 190-191.

  • The Religious Heritage of Japan: Foundations for Cross-Cultural Understanding in a Religiously Plural World edited by John Ross Carter. Journal of Church and State 43, no. 4 (Autumn 2001): 809-810.

  • Church Planting Commitment: New Church Development in Hong Kong during the Run-Up to 1997 by Håkan Granberg. Journal of Church and State 43, no.2 (Spring 2001): 356-357.