Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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TEDS Faculty Since 2007

Elizabeth Yao-Hwa Sung, PhD

Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology


BA, Lebanon Valley College
MA, MMus, University of Michigan
MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Dr. Sung received Christ as a graduate student, while studying piano performance (MM ’84) and musicology (MA ’86) at the University of Michigan. She has extensive full-time vocational ministry experience, serving 3 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus minister at Hillsdale College and Michigan State University, and 10 years as a theological consultant (Great Lakes West Region) and a campus minister to University of Chicago graduate students.

A classically trained pianist, Dr. Sung also served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, as Director of Worship, planning, training, and leading worship teams in Sunday services.

Dr. Sung’s research interests include method in systematic theology; theological interpretation of Scripture; theological anthropology; the theology-social science relation; theology and culture; and the doctrine of sanctification and spiritual theology.

Selected Publications

Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, Dr. Sung contributed to the framing of the Doctrinal Basis of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA; the Doctrinal Basis of Religious and Theological Students’ Fellowship; the Pattaya Resolution of the Lausanne Reconciliation Project (“Pursuing God’s Reconciling Mission”); and the “Theological Rationale for Diversity” statement for Trinity International University.

Dr. Sung’s dissertation is entitled, “‘Race’ and Ethnicity Discourse and the Christian Doctrine of Humanity: A Systematic Sociological and Theological Appraisal.” Among her publications are “Racial Realism in Biblical Interpretation and Theological Anthropology” (Ex Auditu, Spring 2016); “Worldview” (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 3rd ed., forthcoming); “Culture” (New Dictionary of Theology, 2nd ed.); “Culture and Hermeneutics” (Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible); and “Fostering Theological Discernment and Ecumenical Formation” (Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Spring 2014).

Her current major writing projects include the volume on theological anthropology for the systematic theology series Foundations in Evangelical Theology; and a book that analyzes, critiques, and reconstructs racial identity in light of Scripture and sociology.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Fellowship: “The Creation Project” Regional Discussion Fellowship. The Carl Henry Center for Theological Understanding (2015-16)
Faculty Award, given by the TIU Graduate Student Body (2013)
Research Fellowship: The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning (2013)
Teaching Fellowship: The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning (2012-13)
U.S. delegate to “Cape Town 2010” (the third Lausanne Congress)


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