Peter T. Cha, PhD

Professor of Church, Culture and Society

Faculty Since 1997


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


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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. 

Awards, Affiliations, and 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


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