Daniel Chetti

Daniel Chetti

Associate Professor of History & Theology


BA, Philosophy and Religion, Azusa Pacific University (California)
MA, Religion & Theology, School of Theology at Claremont (California)
MA, Church History, Claremont Graduate University (California)
PhD, Modern Church History, Claremont Graduate University (California)


Daniel Chetti has served on faculty at ABTS for two decades. Previous to this, he had been involved in theological educaction and research in India and the United States. Dan joins his wife in ministry with migrant workers.

Areas of research, writing and teaching

History of Christianity & Historical Theology, Missions History & Theology, Baptist History & Heritage


Vanguard of a New Missional Movement in Arab Lands? Congregations of Migrant Domestic Workers, (Forthcoming book).

“Vulnerable and Missional: Congregations of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon” in Church in the Age of Migration: A Moving Body, ed. by Susanna Snyder and Joshua Ralston, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015.

“A History of Baptist Church in Lebanon,” in the European Baptist Fellowship publication on Baptist Life and Thought.

The Eve of Protestant Reformation and the Eve of Arab Awakening: Historic Parallels and Possibilities. Feb 2012 (Faculty Presentation, ABTS)

“Touching the Untouchable: Articulating the Voice of the Dalits,” Baptist Faith & Witness, Book 3, ed. by Tony Cupit, Falls Church, VA, 2005. (Paper Presented at the Peace and Justice Commission, Baptist World Alliance, General Council, Seville, Spain.)

"Consecration: As Understood Historically and Theologically" in The Annual Book of Spiritual Exercise, Bekka, Lebanon: Our Savior Baptist Church, 2001.

"Reconciliation and Forgiveness" in The Annual Book of Spiritual Exercise, Beirut Lebanon: Our Savior Baptist Church, 2000.

"Ecumenical Vocation of the Indian church: Abandoned Vision or Reinvisioned future" in National Council of Churches Review, (May 1997).

"Church on the Throes: Crises of Leadership in the Indian Church," National Council of Churches Review, Vol.CXVII, No.4, (April 1997).

“Local Congregation in the Mission of God: An Ecological World View for the Mission of the Church”, National Council of Churches Review, vol. CX, no.8.

Ecology & Development: A Theological Perspective, ed. by Daniel D. Chetti, Madras: Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College and the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, 1991.

Believer's Baptism, with Daniel D. Chetti & R.E. Hedlund, Mylapore: Baptist Mission Trust of Madras, 1993.

"Making Visible: The Role of women in the Nineteenth Century Protestant Christianity in India," in Indian Church History Review, (Submitted for publication).

"Moral Imperative and forces of changes: The Influence of Christian Missions on the Political Administration of Khond affairs in Ganjam District", in Indian Church History Review, vol. XXIV, no.1, (June 1990).

"The Burning Embers: Medieval Islam and its Consequential Treatment of the Hindu Majority in India," in Adventurous Faith and Transforming Vision: Essays in Honor of Kunchala Rajaratnam, ed. by Arvind P. Nirmal and Daniel D. Chetti, Madras: Gurukul Publications, 1989.

"Luther's Doctrine of the Church," Gurukul Perspective, No.28, (April 1987).

“History of preaching in India: A Cursory Study of the Use of Rhetoric in Preaching," Gurukul Perspective, No.27, (April 1989).

Published Sermons:

"Is Our God a Tempter?" Sermon on Matthew 6:13 Anbunather Lutheran church (TELC), Madras, 1988.

"Christianity and Nationalism" Sermon Preached on the occasion of 43rd Independence Day in Kirkspire, September 1990

"Do you wish to be healed?" Psalm: 51, St. John: 5:1-19 Sermon Preached on the occasion of healing Sunday, Organized by Gurukul Perspective, 1994.

"Empty tomb and Empowered Life" in Kirkspire, Vol.22, No.2.May 1994

Book Review Mathai Zachariah, Inside the Indian church, ISPCK, Delhi 1994 in Theology for our Times, No.2, July 1995, 71 pp.