Augsburger Lecture Series

The Augsburger Lectureship provides resources to annually bring to campus a noted lecturer to address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions for the students, faculty and staff of EMU.

March 25-26, 2015

Nelson Okanya, President of Eastern Mennonite Missions

An Embodied Witness

Nelson Okanya is president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM). He was born and raised in the Mennonite community in Kenya, where he interacted with the EMM mission community in Nairobi. He participated in numerous short-term cross-cultural mission experiences and is a 2002 MDiv graduate of EMS. Nelson served for almost six years as pastor of the multi-cultural; multi-national Capital Christian Fellowship congregation near Washington D.C. Among his areas of interest is Anabaptist witness and mission. He is excited about unique mission opportunities and challenges in the 21st century. Nelson enjoys engaging in postmodern and inter-cultural dialogue with a special interest in the next generation and the church as narrative-formed transforming community.


Wednesday, March 25 from 10-10:30 a.m.
University Chapel: An Alternative Narrative
- Lehman Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25 from 4-5 p.m.
Augsburger Lecture: What needs to change? A Paradigm Shift in Missions Engagement and Implications for Western Mission Agencies
- Mainstage Theater (University Commons)

Thursday, March 26 from 11-11:45 a.m.
Chapel Gathering: Inspiring the Next Generation for Mission Engagement
- Martin Chapel (Seminary Building)

Thursday, March 26 at 12 noon
Lenten Lunch (meal provided)
- Seminary Building

Campus chapel services

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts university chapel every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.