Christian Background

Gerald Rau began attending Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland MA in seventh grade at the invitation of a friend, committed his life to Christ three years later and rapidly became involved in leadership of both the church youth group and Crossroads, a local Bible study group where he learned how to study the Bible on his own.

As a freshman at Wesleyan University, he was one of the cofounders of the Wesleyan Christian Fellowship (IVCF). During his college days the group grew from the three founders to about 20 students attending regularly. He also assisted with the youth group of Main Street Baptist Church in Meriden CT, and was assistant leader of a Teen Missions International work team one summer.

After graduating from Wesleyan in 1976, Gerald worked for three years at His Mansion, a Christian residential counseling center, at that time in Wauregan CT. In 1980 he moved to the University of Minnesota to pursue graduate work in horticulture. While there, he met his future wife during an outreach to incoming students sponsored by the student fellowship of University Church of Christ (now Southeast Christian Church).

During their respective Ph.D. programs at Cornell, he and his wife helped found the First Ithaca Chinese Christian Church. Gerald wrote the first constitution and bylaws, helped with the incorporation and purchase of the first church building, and preached regularly. He was also a leader of the Cornell Chinese Bible Study on campus. After graduation, he served as the first Director of English Ministries at the Chinese Alliance Church of Westchester in Port Chester NY from 1991-1992.

Moving to Taichung, Taiwan in 1992, he joined Taichung Rung Chung Christian Church. Since 1998 he has been the main speaker at the summer youth retreat 14 times. He also spoke at the Christmas program 8 times and preached and taught adult Sunday school regularly for many years. After a brief hiatus in Michigan and Illinois from 2007-2010, where he was involved with the Ann Arbor Chinese Christian Church and Wheaton Chinese Alliance church, respectively, he returned to Taiwan and has since been an active member of Chuan Ai Baptist Church in Chiayi, while continuing to help from time to time with programs at Rung Chung. Since October 2014 he has led an English worship for international students at Chuan Ai.

Academic Background

Dr. Gerald Rau has taught biology and related subjects for over 20 years at the college, high school and middle school levels. After getting his Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University in 1989, with minors in vegetable crops and international agriculture, he moved to Taiwan with his wife and children in 1992.

In 1994 he was hired as the only science teacher at Lincoln American School, a recently established international school later renamed the American School in Taichung. During the next 13 years he taught every area of science at some point, including middle school integrated science, high school biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, environmental science, kitchen science, AP statistics and AP biology, along with various elective, seminar and ESL classes. He also served as the science coordinator, high school coordinator, accreditation coordinator, school scheduler, and assisted with administrative functions when the school was without a director.

His broad teaching experience led to an interest in the nature of science, as he noted how scientific research is conducted and reported in different fields, and provided a foundation for understanding the various arguments related to origins. He returned to the US in 2007 to do a Masters in Science Education at the University of Michigan, specializing in the nature of science. From 2008 to 2010 he served as adjunct professor of biology at Wheaton College and Trinity Christian College in Illinois, teaching introductory classes and labs for majors and non-majors.

Currently he is writing and speaking on the subject of origins, particularly human origins. Starting in spring 2016 he will be serving as adjunct professor in the Electrical Engineering department at National Chung Chung University in Chiayi, Taiwan, teaching courses in engineering writing.  For several years he was the owner and chief editor of Professional English International, doing scientific and academic editing, and taught courses in scientific writing and business English in the Ching Jiang Learning Center of National Chung Cheng University. He also writes exam questions for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).


Degree Year Major University Location
M.A. 2008 Science Education U. Michigan Ann Arbor MI
Ph.D. 1989 Plant Breeding Cornell U. Ithaca NY
M.A. 1983


U. Minnesota

St. Paul MN

B.A. 1976 Biology Wesleyan U. Middletown CT

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Gerald Rau earned his Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University in 1989. For many years he taught biology and other science courses at the American School in Taichung, Taiwan. Returning to the US in 2007, he earned an M.A. in science education from the University of Michigan, with a focus on the nature of science, then taught biology at Wheaton College and Trinity Christian College. In 2010 he returned to Taiwan, where he teaches in the Ching Jiang Learning Center of National Chung Cheng University and does scientific and academic editing. He is the author of Mapping the Origins Debate (IVP, 2013) and has recently spoken at international conferences in biolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics and language teaching, the National Science Teachers Association national convention, as well as to campus, church and other audiences in the US, Taiwan and China.

During his undergraduate years, he was cofounder of Wesleyan Christian Fellowship, an InterVarsity chapter. As a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell he helped establish the First Ithaca Chinese Christian Church. He continues to be active in student ministry in Taiwan, assisting with the college ministry at Chuan Ai Baptist Church and speaking at the summer youth retreat of Taichung Rung Chung Christian Church 14 times in the last 17 years. Since October 2014 he has led an English worship for international students at Chuan Ai Baptist Church.

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