Charles Van Engen started his ministry as a missionary in Mexico working mainly in theological education. Since then he has taught missiology at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and is currently at Fuller University as the Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission. He has authored and coauthored many books including You are my Witnesses and God So Loved the City.

In his book, God So Loved the City, Van Engen exposes stories of ministers from Nairobi, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Madras. His goal is to shed light on the mission of the church for the city. Each story uniquely shows the different challenges each city faces when it comes to injustice, marginalization and urban structure. These stories help reveal how we can all practice ministry in our own cities. If you have a heart for urban ministry this book is a must read for you.