Ekaputra Tupamahu

Ekaputra Tupamahu, PhD

Assistant Professor of New Testament




Office: Portland Center South: Office 266

Ekaputra Tupamahu (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an assistant professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary and George Fox University. A native Indonesian, he earned a master's degree and an MDiv from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, and master's degrees from the Claremont School of Theology and Vanderbilt University.  

Tupamahu has a broad range of academic interests, including the politics of language, race/ethnic theory, postcolonial studies, immigration studies, critical study of religion, and global Christianity (particularly Pentecostal/Charismatic movement). All these interests inform and influence the way he approaches the texts of the New Testament and the history of early Christian movement(s).

His writings have appeared in, among others, the   Journal for the Study of the New Testament,   Pneuma: the Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the   Indonesian Journal of Theology, the   Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies, the  Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global SouthGlobal Renewal Christianity,   and  the T&T Clark Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics.

He was a recipient of the Forum for Theological Exploration dissertation fellowship (2017), the Louisville Institute honorary dissertation fellowship (2017), and the Asian Theological Summer Institute fellow (2016). He serves as a member of the steering committee of the Paul and Politics Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature's annual meeting. His current book project building on his dissertation work offers a new reconstruction of the early Christian struggle with the multilingual world around them.  

Tupamahu formerly worked as a pastor of an Indonesian congregation in Redlands, California, and, from 2014 to 2018, he was a worship pastor at Connection Pointe Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He enjoys hiking, running, and many other outdoor activities with his family. Exploring local foods is what he loves to do when traveling.


Academic Background

PhD, Vanderbilt University; MA, Claremont School of Theology; MA/MDIV, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary; BTh, Sekolah Tinggi Theology Satyabhakti

Expertise and Research Interests  

Pauline studies, Postcolonial theory, Politics of Language, Race/Ethnic theory, Global Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.

Research Bibliography

Published works and sermons