note on Curriculum development and contributions

All papers and curriculum pieces are approved by the Director. Individual curriculum developers are responsible only for the material on which their names appear.

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mako a. nagasawa

Founder, Executive Director

Mako grew up in Cerritos, CA and went north to Stanford, where he studied Industrial Engineering and Public Policy, with a focus on education. He worked at Intel Corp for 6 years while serving a Spanish-speaking ministry to Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto, CA. He married Ming in May, 1999 and moved to Boston, MA. He then worked for two startup companies trying to bring technology and jobs to inner city communities. Since 2000, Mako, Ming, and their two children John and Zoe have lived among friends in a Christian intentional community house in a black and brown neighborhood in Dorchester. Mako has done campus ministry since 2001 and founded The Anástasis Center in 2014 (then called New Humanity Institute). They worship at Neighborhood Church of Dorchester.

Mako co-authored the Lazarus at the Gate economic discipleship curriculum with Dr. Gary VanderPol.  He contributed to the Justice Study Bible as a commentator on Ezekiel. He wrote for the Christian Century on Relational Economic Justice and the HonorShame Network on How Jesus Atones for My Shame. He was a guest on the Almost Heretical podcast on the topic of atonement, called Beyond Penal Substitution, and the Gravity Leadership podcast on “It’s All About Power: Racism Past and Present.” He earned a Master’s in Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in May 2019. In addition to Christian ethics, theology, biblical studies, and early church history, Mako enjoys food, tea, and stories from around the world. He misses the Pacific Ocean.

 
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justin feng

Director of Operations

With a private sector background in strategy consulting, non-profit impact monitoring, and data analytics, Justin enjoys thinking about how to make The Anástasis Center more effective by designing optimal internal decision-making, data collection, and impact evaluation practices.  

Justin is passionate about teaching people how to align their theological convictions with their vocation, financial stewardship, and marketplace endeavors. He also enjoys discipling next-gen leaders, and currently serves as a youth group leader at Highrock Brookline church as well as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Justin lives in Allston, MA with his wife Mee, holds a degree in Finance from Boston College, and spends most of his free time obsessing over the Green Bay Packers.

 
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Katherine Runes Hampson

Design Consultant

Katherine (Kat) Hampson does graphic design and layout editing for The Anástasis Center. She studied Social Psychology and Child Development at Tufts for her B.A., and earned a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with a focus on theology and Christian social ethics illumined by the global Church.  

Kat currently serves as the worship pastor at Highrock Quincy, and, as a “hopemonger,” she enjoys cultivating spaces for justice-as-worship where the church is formed in holy mutuality and solidarity with “the other” as the Body of Christ, reflecting Christ’s heart for restoration and transformation. She is a candidate for ordination within the Evangelical Covenant Church. Kat is bivocational, and is part of a Boston-based public health care organization in their operations and fundraising team. She and her husband Ben live in Quincy, MA with their German Shepherd dog, Bonnie, a nod to theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was also a “German shepherd.”

 
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sangwon yang

Curriculum Developer

Sang completed his MDiv from Duke Divinity School focused on systematic theology in 2017. His passion for theological education led him to be an Admissions Officer for Boston University School of Theology. His paper, Divine Sovereignty: John Calvin's Functional Epistemological Principle, is an example of his work. Sang hopes to empower others through theological education while making that education more accessible and approachable to a diverse range of people and communities. In 2018-19, Sang and Mako co-authored A Long Repentance: Exploring Christian Mistakes About Race, Politics, and Justice in the United States.

In his free time, Sang enjoys talking about Christian theology, Thomas Aquinas, Atonement, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the examples of restorative justice that he saw in post-civil war northern Uganda, and issues of race and culture. He lives in Watertown with his wife, Joanne, and his dog, Toby.

 
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connie bahng

Curriculum Developer

Connie relates theology with psychology, restorative justice, and social justice practices. Specifically, Connie’s interests address the interplay of emotions, trauma, and violence with issues around race, immigration, women’s empowerment, and mass incarceration. Connie regards Christian education as integral to the ethical and spiritual formation of individuals, communities, and the public sphere. She is excited to walk alongside folks as they are equipped and energized to foster communities pursuing justice.

Connie appreciates a good story, and she enjoys listening to the theological narratives present in books, movies, games, music, politics, and people’s lived experience. She earned BA’s in Theology and Psychology from Boston College, a Master’s of Theological Studies from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and a Master’s of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology focusing on Christian Social Ethics. Connie is pursuing a Ph.D. at Boston University’s School of Theology.

 
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tim & tiffany catchim

Contributors, Pastors of OneLife Church in Nashville, TN

Tim was raised in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He enjoys hiking, playing basketball, reading, and a good sci-fi movie. He graduated from Faulkner University in 1997 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and as someone with a pioneering spirit, he has consistently focused his entrepreneurial skills and sensibilities toward starting new kingdom ventures. Tim is passionate about the medical substitution model of the atonement and how it shapes our approach to discipleship, community, and mission. In 2012, he co-authored The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church.

Tiffany grew up in Montgomery, AL where she was actively involved in mentoring teenagers and adults in under-resourced urban neighborhoods. After receiving her degree in social work, she began focusing her experience and training around empowering women in their callings for ministry. Tiffany is passionate about efforts related to social justice and sustainability, and enjoys outdoor activities, music, and photography.

 
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ian Macdonald

Contributor

Ian graduated from the University of Connecticut with degrees in Physics and Philosophy. At first, his search for a deeper theological understanding of his faith led him towards High Federal Calvinism, but material from The Anástasis Center (then New Humanity Institute) caused him to consider the Medical Substitution framework. This theological lens drastically changed the way he viewed God, the Cross, and the story of Scripture, and he has since been committed to sharing it wherever he can. Ian is interested in the ways that one's understanding of atonement impacts other aspects of faith, such as evangelism, justice, vocation/calling, and more. Ian taught an 8 week Sunday School series on atonement and evangelism (link coming soon).

Ian has lived in Connecticut for most of his life, except for a year he was a teacher in Washington DC. He and his wife Biota live in the Southwest corner of Hartford, CT, where they are involved in several local ministries that aim to serve the needs of the communities and to connect urban and suburban Christians and churches. Ian now works as a high school math and science teacher, and he is currently pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies with Grace Communion Seminary.