The Trinity Union Fellows program annually brings six international students from China and India to New York City for a year of academic training, leadership development, and faith formation. The students engage in advanced theological study that prepares them for teaching, ministerial practice, specialized ministry functions, and doctoral level study.
Funded by a grant from Trinity Church Wall Street, Trinity Union Fellows are accepted as students in the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) degree program at Union Theological Seminary. As part of the program, students participate in worship at Trinity and learn about the governance of the church. They also discover how Trinity’s core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice and stewardship guide the church in fulfilling its mission to build neighborhoods that live Gospel truths, generations of faithful leaders, and sustainable communities.
Meet the 2019-2020 Trinity Union Fellows
This year's cohort of Trinity Union Fellows on retreat with the Rev. Winnie Varghese and Rob Garris, Managing Director of Leadership Development, from Trinity Church Wall Street.
Rev. Joby Joy is from Kottayam, Kerala, India. He belongs to the Church of South India (CSI), and the Central Kerala Diocese and currently serves as the Vicar at Immanuel CSI Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At Union, his area of focus is the Old Testament. He is married to Manjula Noone, and they have a son, Pranav Sam Joby (7) and daughter, Paavana Ann Joby (3).
Rev. B. J. Moses Shanthi Kumar is an Ordained Minister of the Church of South India, Medak Diocese. He is an alum of United Theological College, Bengaluru and taught Systematic Theology at Andhra Christian Theological College before coming to NYC. His area of research is Ecology and Music. He is married to Vanya, and they have two children, Chris and Carine.
Yanan Lu is from the Henan Province, in the central part of China. At Union, her focus is on Christian Ethics. Before coming to NYC, she taught for four years at Henan Theological Seminary in China. When she graduates from Union in December, she will return to China to continue teaching at the seminary.
Ganlan “Oliver” Ma is also from the Henan Province. His area of focus at Union is Systematic Theology. Oliver is grateful for the valuable opportunity to join the community at Trinity and study at Union.
Kahuli Swu is from Nagaland, India. She completed her Bachelor of Divinity from Clark Theological College in Nagaland, and graduated from an Interfaith Dialogue Program at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. Her focus at Union is in the area of Interreligious Engagement and hopes that acquiring a strong foundation in understanding religious traditions will help her in her professional ministry.
Ruguang Wu is from Hangzhou City, China. His area of focus is Biblical Languages and the Old Testament. He is also interested in Augustine’s Biblical hermeneutics and theology. When in China, he serves his local church in Hangzhou City, and is also enrolled in a Doctoral Program in China. Wu is married to Liubin Luo and they have two children, Jingheng and Jingxin.