Jonathan J. Bonk is the Executive Director of the Overseas
Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and editor of the
International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Before his relocation
to the United States in 1997, he served as Professor of Global Christian
Studies at Providence College and Seminary in Canada. He was raised
in Ethiopia, where he and his wife also served as missionaries from
1974-1976. He is an ordained Mennonite minister, and has served as President
of both the American Society of Missiology and the Association of Professors
He is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and has published five books, the best known of which is Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem (Orbis 1991), now in its eleventh printing. A second edition, Missions and Money: Affluence as a Missionary Problem . . . Revisited, was released by Orbis in 2006. He also is editor of the Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries, published in 2007 as Volume 9 in Routledge’s Religion and Society Series. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School (M.A.) and the University of Aberdeen (Ph.D).
The Bonks have
two children. Susan is a self-employed
business person in Winnipeg, and James is in the doctoral program at Princeton University.
Mrs. Michèle Sigg is the Project
Manager for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
and has been working on the project since the New Haven
office opened in October 2000. She moved to France with her missionary
parents when she was eleven. She studied for two years in the trilingual translation program (I.S.I.T.) at the Institut Catholique in Paris, then completed a B.A. in French and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master's in French Literature. She is also a potter and a writer of children's stories and plays. Her husband Sam, also from a missionary family, grew up in Zaïre and France. They have three children Johan, age 17, Annie, age 16, and Catherine, age seven.
She has worked as a translator and a French teacher at the university and high school levels. Her work with the DACB involves interfacing with Project Luke fellows and African scholars, editing and managing the database, developing materials, teaching, and generally coordinating the project. Her recent trips for the DACB have taken her to Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, and Madagascar.
She received an M.Th in World Christianity from Africa International University/NEGST in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012. She is currently a doctoral student at the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University School of Theology.