Peter T. Cha, PhD

Faculty Since 1997
Professor of Church, Culture and Society


BA, University of Chicago
MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Northwestern University


Prior to joining the Trinity faculty, Dr. Cha was involved in a number of different ministries, including youth and young adult ministry in Korean American churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic Asian American congregation. He has also served as a board member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, a member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and currently serves as a board member of the Louisville Institute.

Selected Publications

“Towards A Gospel-Centered Intercultural Approach.” In Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition, ed. David Dockery. Wheaton: Crossway Publishing, 2018. 

“Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Student Formation.” In Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World, ed. Eleazar Fernandez. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014. 


“Forming Graceful Pastors.” In Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian American Congregations, eds. Sydney Park, Soong Chan Rah and Al Tizon. Elgin, IL: Judson Press, 2012. 


“Constructing New Intergenerational Ties.” In This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith. Eds. Robert Priest and Alvaro Nieves. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 


Growing Healthy Asian American Churches. Co-edited with Steve Kang and Helen Lee. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006. 

Affiliations & Achievements

  • 2017-19 Received Lilly Foundation’s $1.5 million grant on Young Adult Initiative
  • 2014-16 Served as a mentoring leader of the Wabash Center’s Workshop for Pre-tenure Theological School Faculty.
  • 2012 Received Faculty-led Initiatives grant from the Carl F. H. Henry Center to organize and coordinate the Hispanic – Asian North American (HANA) Theology and Ministry Consultation (May 2013)
  • 2006-08 Selected to be one of four participants in The Lexington Seminar’s ”Mentoring Project on Academic Leadership”
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Academy of Religion