2014 Luce Graduate Fellows

Christian Kakez-A-Kapend

Christian Kakez-A-Kapend is a Congolese National of Uruund origin. Christian is an ordained elder in the South Congo/Zambia Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. He received his Diplôme de Graduat in International Relations from the University of Lubumbashi (Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo), Bachelor of Divinity from Africa University (Mutare, Zimbabwe), and M.T.S. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). Christian is a first-year Ph.D. candidate at Drew in Theological and Philosophical Studies, majoring in Systematic Theology. He intends to explore the connection between Christology, Soteriology and Ecclesiology in relation to the Tortured.  In so doing, Christian hopes to examine how a respectful and critical theological dialogue between western and non-western theological voices can help us envision new and constructive possibilities for assessing the exposition of key theological loci. At the CCGC, Christian and Karen Bray are working collaboratively on the relationship between the CCGC and the Cross Cultural studies program at the Drew Theological School.


Hyun Hui Kim

Hyun Hui Kim is a third-year doctoral student in Theological and Philosophical Studies in the Graduate Division of Religion.  Her lived experience of diasporic existence, since she started her studies at Drew in the M.div program followed by her studies in the Ph.D program, has been formative in her interest in “global contexts.”  Aware of the contradictions in present “global contexts” that have resituated our world marked by transnational and pan-ethnic experiences, but, at the same time, have sharpened borders among races, classes, ethnicities, cultures, and religions, Hyun Hui is enthusiastic about exploring alternative articulations of Christian subjectivity in the aporia of globalization.  That is, her academic interests lie in investigating a constructive theological anthropology within an interdisciplinary postcolonial and post-structuralist discourse with broad resonance in the Christian apophatic tradition.

namjoongkim2014Nam Joong Kim

Nam Joong Kim is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the area of Liturgical Studies at the Theological School of Drew University. His doctoral research project is to explore the role of social justice and preaching in dealing with anti-racism and social transformation in Korean churches as it related to immigration, human rights, and racial issue as an effect of globalization in Asia/Korea. He graduated from Hanshin University in South Korea with the Th.B. degree and the Th.M. degree in the area of Hebrew Bible. He was ordained a pastor by The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea in 2003. He received the S.T.M. degree in the area of Liturgical Studies from Drew Theological School in 2008. He served as an adjunct instructor one of required courses in preaching at Drew in 2012-2013. He is teaching as an adjunct instructor one of required courses in worship at Drew in 2014. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and Academy of Homiletics (AH). He hopes that his abundant experiences in academy, ministry, and his personal commitment to developing communication methods and approaches for interfaith liturgical engagement, together with his technological skills can help to further develop the goals of the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts.

profile pic-2Fernando Linhares

Fernando Linhares identifies as a second generation Brazilian-American from Newark, New Jersey.  Fernando is a second-year Ph.D. candidate at Drew in the Religion and Society program, majoring in Sociology and interdisciplinary studies.  An attorney for over twenty years (as well as former municipal prosecutor and judge), Fernando engages in various forms of prison ministry, explores interfaith restorative justice practices, and focuses on transformative justice approaches as a supplement to criminal justice systems — particularly as a diversionary process to avoid the trauma/stigma of prosecution.  He received a B.A. from New York University (Politics), J.D. from Rutgers University in Newark, LL.M. from Pace Law Center (environmental justice focus), M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (Latin American Studies), and M.Div. from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (urban ministry focus). Fernando intends to teach (and preach) transformative justice alternatives by emphasizing that correctional and detention facilities are not ancillary, isolated, and segregated communities, but are a central concern to society-at-large (as well as faith-based institutions).  This current year he is exploring ‘environmental criminology,’ particularly how mega-events (specifically the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, both held in Brazil), affect vulnerable populations, and displaces as well as criminalizes communities.

Mike OliverMichael Oliver

Michael Oliver received his B.S. in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University and M.Div. from Drew Theological School.  His areas of interest include theological method, contemporary issues of theological and ethical concern, and poststructuralist philosophy.  Michael’s work explores the interrelations of and entanglements within these areas, including theology’s engagement with liberation and contextual discourses, postmodern complications of this engagement—particularly in feminist, gender, and race studies—and the complex issues of universality and particularity that arise as a result.  He has served as teaching assistant for Systematic Theology, Philosophical Resources for Theology, and The Church at Worship: Preaching.  Michael also served as the Financial Officer in the Graduate Division of Religion’s Student Association in 2011-2012.  He currently serves as Adjunct Instructor at Seton Hall University and is the Webmaster for the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion where he designs web pages and maintains its content.