Toar Hutagalung received his Ph.D. in theological and ethical studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2021. He holds his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theological Research from Andover Newton Theological School in 2013, and Bachelor of Theology at Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta (Jakarta Theological Seminary), Indonesia, in 2011, where he taught systematic theology and theology of religions as an adjunct for two years, right after he graduated from ANTS. His fields are systematic theology, interfaith engagements, and postcolonial/decolonial studies.
Grew up in Indonesia, Toar has multiple experiences in interfaith engagements since his childhood, and he also has concern on the relations of theology and land. Toar wrote a chapter “The Motherly Spirit: A Geotheological Power of Life in Papua,” in book titled Resisting Occupation: A Global Struggle for Liberation, which will be published by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic Press this year.
In 2021, Toar received a seminarian award by the United Methodist Fellowship in Music and Worship Arts, given to someone who has contributed with creativity and quality to chapel services. Since 2014, he has also been working as the Chair of the Association of Indonesian Theologian or Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia (ATI), which focuses on the development of young Indonesian theologians.