Al Tizon

Ronald J. Sider Associate Professor of Holistic Ministry

Al Tizon

Ph.D. (Missiology): Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
M.A. (Church Leadership Studies): Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA
B.A.: Vanguard University of Southern California

"Evangelism, church renewal, compassion, justice, and mission--subjects I teach--may sound 'old school' to postmodern ears. Still, to work with students to understand both the intellectual and the practical impact of the old, old Story upon a desperately needy world is what gets me up in the morning."

A native of the Philippines, Dr. Al Tizon is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church who from 2001 till 2006 served as lead pastor at Berkeley Covenant Church in Berkeley, CA. He has also served several other churches as associate and interim pastor both in the Philippines and in the United States. He is the author of Transformation after Lausanne: Radical Evangelical Mission in Global-Local Perspective (Regnum 2008) and Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform (Judson 2012). He also co-author of Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities (Baker Books 2008) with Ron Sider, John Perkins, and Wayne Gordon, as well as co-editor of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson 2012) with M. Sydney Park and Soong-Chan Rah and Following Jesus: Journeys in Radical Discipleship (Regnum 2013) with Paul Alexander.

Al has extensive experience as a missionary and community organizer, primarily in the Philippines with Action International Ministries from 1989 to 1998. From 1993-98, he served as the founding director of LIGHT Ministries, a Filipino community development organization committed to

"empowering churches to empower their communities in Christ's name."

Al is Co-Director of The Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy and Co-President of Evangelicals for Social Action. He is also a member of the American Society of Missiology; the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education; and the Institute for the Studies in Asian Church and Culture. Visit Al Tizon's webpage.