Thinking Theologically about Immigration

God’s first command to humanity in Genesis 1:28 is, “multiply and fill the earth.” In modern terms: “Migrate.” In this seminar we will explore migration, immigration, and immigrants throughout scripture. Matthew and Lisa will offer clear theological perspective on one of the most controversial public issues of our times.
Matthew Soerens

(as of 2012)

Matthew Soerens serves as the US Church Training Specialist for World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals.  In that role, he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values.  Matthew previously served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois and, before that, with Pueblos en Accion Comunitaria, World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua.

Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College and his Master’s Degree from DePaul University’s School of Public Service.  He is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and has written for publications such as Christianity Today, PRISM, and Lifeway’s Living with Teenagers.  He blogs at  Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Matthew lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife, Diana.

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