Theology Professor Hongyi Yang Shares Her Testimony From Atheism to Christianity

Hongyi Yang

Hongyi Yang serves as assistant professor of systematic theology in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s women’s studies program and director of the Mandarin translation project for the master of theological studies program. Yang holds an M.A. in theology, biblical studies, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southwestern Seminary; an M.S. in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas; an M.A. in media studies from Beijing Normal University; and a B.A. in film and TV from Beijing Normal University.


I grew up in a city in southwest China. Its location in China is like Texas in the United States. I studied in Beijing for six years and earned my bachelor and master’s degrees there.

Before I came to the U.S., I had never seen a copy of the Bible and I only knew one Christian in all my life.

In 2000, I came to this country as an international student. It is in Texas that I met many good Christians and eventually my Savior Jesus Christ.

I was an atheist at that time. I believed that there was no God who could save us and that we must strive for success by our own ability, diligence and luck.

As soon as I arrived in Texas, I found that I was surrounded by Christians and churches. I had an attitude of contempt toward Christianity. Some Christians invited me to go to church. I refused without hesitation. I also mocked Christianity. I thought it is so humiliating to worship a God who was crucified on a cross. This is exactly what 1 Corinthians says, that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14). I was actually the foolish one.

Although I was foolish and defiant, God had mercy on me. The last three days of 2000 changed my life completely.

I attended an evangelistic conference where I mainly heard two speakers talking about God. Through their messages, I became convinced that there is a God and that He is like a Father who waits for us to return to Him.

On the last day of the conference, I decided to follow Jesus Christ. After I made the decision, amazing things happened.

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Source: Baptist Press