Sègbégnon Mathieu Gnonhossou, BA, (Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin), MA (Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary), DMin (Asbury Theological Seminary)
“Reconstructing Africa with the Cross of Christ: A Wesleyan Contribution to Social Healing in Benin.”
Mathieu is conducting an ethnographic field research among Beninese evangelicals aiming to discover theological bases for socio-political activism locally, with a special attention to the presence and function of doctrine of the cross. Mathieu seeks a theologically informed alternative to democracy soteriology able to speak both local and foreign Christians on Africa’s socio-political woes. He discusses the penal and Christus Victor discourses he gathered from his field studies in light of ongoing spiritual and socio-political crises. Working with evangelical Beninese, Mathieu seeks a model able to reconstruct society by undoing complex domestic and foreign forces of oppression and of entrenched poverty. To this end, he engages African legacy as well as John and Charles Wesley’s theopolitical thinking. He makes a special reference to the Wesleys’ various responses with the plight of eighteenth century enslaved Africans, a condition he sees reminisces that of contemporary African socio-political landscape. Mathieu began his studies in January 2011 with Dr. Michael Rynkiewich and Dr. David McCulloch as supervisors. He currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his family.