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Dziedzorm R. Asafo

Ph.D

Associate Professor of Theology

Biography

Prof. Dziedzorm R. Asafo is an Associate Professor of Theology at Valley View University (VVU), Oyibi-Accra, Ghana. He holds a Master of Arts, Theology—New Testament and Biblical Languages (Andrews University, USA 1987) and Doctor of Philosophy-Sociology of Religion (Uppsala University, Sweden – 1999) degrees. He is an ordained Minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Prof. Asafo has been working at VVU since August 1999, starting as a lecturer. He has a considerable experience in teaching, research and administration of the university as shown in the services rendered by virtue of the several positions held throughout his employment at the University, and also at the Regent University College, Accra, where he spent his one-year sabbatical leave teaching and researching. His area of teaching includes theology, sociology, social psychology, and research courses. In the area of research, Prof. Asafo has published several journal articles, book articles, books and mimeographs, and edited books. His research interest has been the reciprocal and the symbiotic relationships that exist between religion and society, particularly believers’ /human activities based on their belief systems and the concomitant outcomes of such activities on the economic and ecological environments.

Prof. Asafo’s years of teaching and supervision of student research papers have drawn his attention to excellence and integrity in research and the urge to assist students and other researchers in their efforts in doing scientific research and writing of all kinds of research projects.

At VVU, he held various administrative positions such as the Vice President for Student Life and Sevices (July 2001-June 2003), Vice President for Distance Education (July 2003-June 2005) and Vice President for General Administration/Registrar (July 2005-December 2010).

Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus with the School of Theology and Missions at VVU, and an external examiner for two other Universities: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), and Adventist University of Africa (Kenya). He is also the Director of the Quality Assurance Directorate of VVU. He delights in reading, jogging, and gardening.

Courses - Taught

New Testament Studies 80%
Biblical Greek (Elementary, Intermediate and Advance)92%
Jesus and the Gospels89%
New Testament Epistles93%
Introduction to the study of Religion 95%
Comparative Study of Religions81%
Introduction to Sociology 98%
Christian Eschatology86%
Christian Soteriology88%
Biblical Theology98%
Church and Social Issues87%
Gender Issues in Church and Society88%

Currently - Teaching

Philosophy of Religion77%
Psychology of Religion 81%
Research Methods 70%

Journal Publications

(2005)

Noah Komla Dzobo (1926—). A Biography. WWW.gospelcom.net. Dictionary of African Christian Biographies.

(2009)

Nurturing Spirituality: The Case of Adventist Education in Ghana.” In Christ in the Classroom: Adventist Approaches to the Integration of Faith and Learning. Vol. 37-A.:19-37. Silver Spring, MD: Institute for Christian Teaching, Education Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

(2012)

“Mystical Powers in Africa and in Adventist Eschatology.” Valley View University Journal of Theology. Accra: School of Theology and Missions. Vol. 2, (2012): 47-66.

(2016)

“Paul’s Assertions in Rom. 8:20-22: Implications for Ecological Distress in the World.” In Daniel Berchie, Daniel Kwame Bediako and Dziedzorm R. Asafo, eds. The Bible, Cultural Identity and Missions. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016): 215-231.

(2006)

“The Inferential Dialogue Paradigm: Towards a Holistic theory of Motivations for Religious Behaviour”. In The Integrator, A Multidisciplinary Journal, 1(1):1-7. Edited by Ohene Apea-Kubi. Accra: Valley View University.

(2011)

“The Return of the Prophet Elijah: Restoring the Eschatological Family in Malachi 4:4-6.” Valley View University Journal of Theology. Accra: School of Theology and Missions, Vol. 1, (2011): 73-82.

(2014)

“Gender Dynamics of Prostitution: Assessing the Biblical and Adventist Views.” Journal of African Biblical Studies. Vol. 5, 37-53.

(2017)

The Doctrine of ‘Redemption from Evil and Corruption’: A Catalyst for Ecological Degradation in Africa.” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies (ERATS) 1(1):105-122.

Books

(2005)

Manual for Writing Research Papers. Oyibi: Valley View University Editorial Committee.

(2017)

Research Methodology: Theories, Principles and Practices. Accra: Advent Press.

Other Publications

(1999)

Motivations for Human Behaviour: Relating Attribution and Expectancy Inferences to Socioeconomic and Religious Orientations among Ewe Christians in Ghana. Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation. Uppsala: Uppsala University, Faculty of Theology.

(2005)

Manual for Writing Research Papers. Oyibi: Valley View University Editorial Committee.

(2003)

A Handbook On Tertiary Education in Ghana. Co-Authored with Victor K. Akude. Ho: Dzisah Publications.

(August 2010)

A Special Research conducted in Ghana Seventh-day Adventist Churches on the behalf of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists. Report submitted to the GC Office of Assessment and Program Effectiveness.

Research in Progress

1

Perspectives on Social Capital as basis for Orientations towards Development: The case of Millennium Development Goals in Ghana.”

3

Book: A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Volta Region of Ghana (1900 – 2015).

2

Book: Time and it’s Essence

Book Chapter - Edited Books

(2016)

“Paul’s Assertions in Rom. 8:20-22: Implications for Ecological Distress in the World.” In Daniel Berchie, Daniel Kwame Bediako and Dziedzorm R. Asafo, eds. The Bible, Cultural Identity and Missions. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016): 215-231.

(2016)

Berchie, Daniel, Bediako, Daniel and Asafo, Dziedzorm R. (eds.) The Bible, Cultural Identity, and Missions. Newcastle up Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Conference Papers Presented

February 3-15, 2008

Nurturing Spirituality: The Case of Adventist Education in Ghana. A paper presented at the 37th IFL Seminar at Avondale College, Australia

November 28-30, 2006

Mystical Powers in Adventist Eschatology.(A paper presented at Special Committee on African Spirituality, Bible Research Institute, (BRI) Heldeberg College, South Africa, November 28-30, 2005, and University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya. 

August 1 – 4, 2011

“Perspectives on Social Capital as basis for Orientations towards Development: The case of Millennium Development Goals in Ghana.” At the Joint International Conference at Valley View University, Ghana

June 15-20, 2007

Social Capital and Religion as basis for orientations towards development: the case of Ghana at the World Values Survey Association Seminar in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

January 17-20, 2011

Christian Missions and Ecological Degradation in Africa at the 10th Conference of the Ghana Association of Biblical Exegetes, Brafoyaw-Cape Coast

February 9-11, 2012

Gender Dynamics of Prostitution: Assessing the Biblical and Adventist Views.” At The 2nd Annual Conference of Adventist Christian Missions and Ministries of Africa (ACMMA). 

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Prof. Dziedzorm R. Asafo is currently an Associate Professor of Theology at Valley View University

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