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OMSC Centenary Celebration and Gerald H. Anderson Inaugural Lecture
June 9, 2022

We are pleased to announce that OMSC’s Centenary Celebration and the inaugural Gerald H. Anderson Lecture will be held at Princeton Theological Seminary on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Professor Dana Robert will deliver the first Anderson Lecture, which will focus on Dr. Jerry Anderson’s contributions as OMSC Director from 1976–2000, including the move from Ventnor, where we were located for 65 years, to New Haven in 1987. The lecture will be followed by a reception and dinner.

Registration for the reception dinner is now full. We welcome you to join us June 9th for the lecture either in person or online to celebrate what the Lord has done through OMSC over the past 100 years!

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OMSC, the Early Years to Present

Event Program

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

OMSC Open House, 58 Mercer St.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Inaugural Gerald H. Anderson Lecture by Dr. Dana Robert, Boston University School of Theology

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Centenary Reception Dinner
Registration for the reception dinner is now full.
We welcome you to join us for the lecture either in person or online

About Dr. Dana Robert

Dr. Dana Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University. Her research and teaching interests span mission history, World Christianity, and mission theology. An Editor of the journal Church History, during 2016-17 she was a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Missiology. Her books include Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community (2019); African Christian Biography: Stories, Lives, and Challenges (2018); Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity (2010); Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (2009, now in its twelfth printing); Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (2008); Christianity: A Social and Cultural History (co-author, 1997), and the now classic American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (1997). She is on the Editorial Committee for the award-winning digital humanities project Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and the Journal of African Christian Biography. An active lay United Methodist, in 2019 she spoke at the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women. In addition to STH, she is a faculty member in African Studies and the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Robert received her BA from Louisiana State University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.

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