Dr E.D. Solomon joined SAIACS in June 2016. He is a professor of missiology and Head of the Department of Missiology.
Dr Solomon has written for a number of national and international journals and books. His PhD thesis is published by the ISPCK (2012), titled, Change and continuity: Influences on Self-Identity of Christian Dalits of Madiri Puram Village in South India (1915-2005), and was used as a textbook at Harvard Divinity School. His essay “Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon: Clues to a Theology of Mission in the Gospels” in Victor Wiens’ (ed.) The Church in Mission-Perspectives of Global Mennonite Brethren on Mission in the 21st century (Winnipeg: MB Kindred Productions, 2015; 37-50) was appreciated by global Mennonite missiologists. He has also published “Empowering people for God’s mission” in the National Council of Churches Review (Vol. CXXXII, March 2012/2: 104-111). International forums like Direction have published his article, “Vital leadership for Andhra Pradesh” (2001, Vol.30/No.2: 153-161).
Dr Solomon co-authored a book in Telugu and has contributed many essays. He edited three books in Telugu and has translated two standard works into Telugu. His Krotta Nirnayalu (New Resolutions, 2012) is a collection of his writings over a quarter century addressing the issues of renewing the church. His most-known translation, Matamarpidane chikkumudi (1999), is a translation of Confusion Called Conversion (1994) by Ebenezer Sunderaraj, published by Operation Mobilization, Secunderabad. His forthcoming translation, Mriduvyna Javabu, of The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification (2015), a book by Gordon Nickel, is likely to be published by SAIACS Press.
Dr Solomon received the “Christian Ministry Award” from Union Biblical Seminary (Pune, 1985) with a bronze plaque. He has also received the “Merit Certificate in General Proficiency” in Journalism and Mass Communication (Vellore, 1989).
As an ordained minister of the Mennonite Brethren Church of India, Dr Solomon has served as pastor, Associate Director of Christian Education, Interim Executive Secretary of the MB Board of Evangelism and Church Ministries, and as an editor of Suvartamani, the monthly journal of his conference, for twelve years. His responsibilities also included regional and global church leadership, such as field chairman and secretary to the Maktal-Narayanpet region of Telangana. On the global level, he served for a term as a member on GSF-ICOMB (International Community of Mennonite Brethren).
Dr Solomon and his wife, Premaleela, are blessed with two married daughters and four grandchildren.
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