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Current Visiting Scholars

Each year the Calvin community is enriched by the presence of several visiting scholars. This year we are pleased to welcome:

Kai Ton Chau

Kai Ton Chau has pursued worship and music ministry as a lifelong vocation. He began as a church choir member in his pre-teen years, and most recently he served as a member of the teaching faculty in music and worship at Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, MI. He has a Doctorate of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies; an MBA from Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON; and a Master’s of Music in conducting from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri, Kansas City. His calling and vocation revolves around serving, learning, and teaching.

Dr. Chau is ethnic Chinese and desires to serve the Chinese Christian churches in North America and beyond by building a better understanding of Christian worship and helping congregations to become worshipful communities. While a visiting scholar at Calvin, Dr. Chau will develop networks among ethnic Chinese churches in North America; convene conversations regarding the needs and opportunities in worship ministry; and develop resources for worship and church music ministry.

Hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, November 2014 to September 2016

Maria Cornou
Maria Eugenia Cornou is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she served as a Professor at the International Baptist Theological Seminary as a member of the Department of Biblical Studies. She is a Public Accountant, and also holds a Bachelor in Theology and a Master in Theology from the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master in Religious Studies from the Evangelical University of the Americas, Costa Rica, where she is completing a Ph. D. in theology. Her areas of interest are Biblical Hermeneutics and Practical Theology and the articulation and reciprocal relations between them, and Theological Education and Pastoral Leadership Training, mainly in Latin American perspective.

Hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, September 2012 to September 2016
Cornou CV available upon request | | local contact: 526-8586
Crow, GarrettGarrett Crow
Dr. Crow recently retired after teaching taxonomy for 33 years at the University of New Hampshire and serving as Director of the UNH Herbarium and chair of the Department of Plant Biology. He has served on the faculty at Au Sable Institute as well as helping in the Calvin College Herbarium. Additionally he is continuing botanical research at the Michigan State University Herbarium-recently having completed the taxonomic treatment of Utricularia (bladderworts) and Pinguicula (butterworts) for Flora of North America North of Mexico. While having a broad interest in floristics (including botanical expeditions to Tierra del Fuego, Siberia, Crimea and Caucasus, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Amazonia, and Mexico), much of his research has focused on aquatic plants of temperate and Neotropics regions. He is co-author of Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America, 2 volumes (G.E. Crow and C. B. Hellquist, Univ. Wisconsin Press). In 1999-2000 he spent a year-long sabbatical in Costa Rica under a Fulbright Fellowship where he wrote a bilingual field guide, Plantas acuáticus de Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Costa Rica (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica), which is widely used by students studying at the Organization for Tropical Studies field station at Palo Verde.

Hosted by the Biology Department, September 2013 to May 2015, Crow CV |
LiMaLi Ma
Li (Mary) Ma is a sociologist with interests in religion, economics, and public life in China.  She completed a Ph.D. in sociology at Cornell University in 2010, and returned to her native China as a professor of sociology in Tongji University (Shanghai) from 2010-12.  She is currently working toward a degree at Calvin Seminary while she continues her fascinating research on house churches, urbanization, and civil society in China.  Her work is partially supported through a grant from the Center for the Study of Chinese Religion and Society at Purdue University.

Hosted by the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, January 2013 to June 2014,
NovakRev. Joseph Novak
Joseph (Joey) Novak is a fourth-year doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) at Fuller Theological Seminary in the area of Christian Liturgy and Homiletics where he is in the early stages of a dissertation project under the direction of Drs. Todd E. Johnson (Fuller) and John D. Witvliet (Calvin). While at Calvin, he anticipates completing a significant amount of research and writing toward the dissertation, a project which seeks to analyze the prayer for illumination in the history of Reformed liturgies through gathering and categorizing the extant transcripts of the prayer for illumination in the various strands of the Reformed tradition.

Given Calvin's prominence as a research institution for Reformed Christianity, he looks forward to utilizing its expansive resources, including the H. Henry Meeter Center and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serves as full-time pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Michigan. Some of his hobbies and interests include: graphic design, cycling, and indie-folk music. He and his wife have two young boys and reside in Ithaca.

Hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, January 2013 to June 2014
Novak CV |
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