Bryant Myers joined the faculty of Fuller as professor of transformational development in 2006. A lifelong activist dedicated to Christian relief and development work around the world, Myers brings over 30 years’ experience with World Vision International (WVI) to the Fuller community. He served primarily in senior management roles for WVI, most recently as vice president for development and food resources.
A published author on poverty and transformational development, humanitarian aid, and world mission, Myers’s most recent works include Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions (coedited), Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practice of Transformational Development, Working with the Poor: Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners, and Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges. He has also published numerous journal articles, and held speaking engagements in multiple locations around the world.
Myers has served in various leadership roles within the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. The courses he teaches at Fuller include Poverty and Development; Globalization, the Poor and Christian mission; Relief, Refugees and Conflict; Development Tools and Practice, Theology of Poverty and Development.
- MD525: Poverty and Development
- MD500: Globalization and the Poor
- MD546: Relief, Refugees, and Conflict
- MD528: Development Tools and Practice
- MD524: Advocacy for Social Justice
- MD540: Theology of Poverty and Development
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Transformational development, development studies, the integration of evangelism and development, contemporary humanitarian affairs
- Coeditor with Erin Dufault-Hunter and Isaac Voss. Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2015.
- Walking with the Poor. 2nd ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
- Reflections: An Exploration of Faith and Development. Monrovia, CA: World Vision International, 2006.
- Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges. Monrovia, CA: World Vision International, 2003.
- Deliver Us from Evil: An Uneasy Frontier in Christian Mission, Co-editor with Moreau, Adeyemo, Burnett and Yung, MARC, 2002.
- Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practice of Transformational Development, Orbis Books and World Vision, 1999.
- Editor, Working With the Poor: Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners, MARC, 1999.
- Co-editor with Yamamori, Padilla and Rake, Serving with the Poor in Latin America, MARC books, 1987.
- Changing Context of Global Mission, MARC books, 1997.
- Coeditor with Yamamori and Bediako, Serving with the Poor in Africa, MARC Books, 1996.
- Serving with the Poor in Asia, MARC books, 1995.
- Coeditor with Yamamori and Connell, Changing Shape of World Mission, MARC books, 1993
- Coeditor with Allen, Ram and Luscombe, Health, Healing and Transformation, MARC books, 1991.
Published Papers/Book Chapters
- “Progressive Pentecostalism, Development, and Christian Development NGOs: A Challenge and an Opportunity,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2015.
- “Health, Healing and Wholeness: Theological Reflections on Shalom and Salvation” and “The Whole Gospel: Health, Healing and Christian Witness,” in Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2015.
- “Good Question Or Bad? It All Depends,” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2012.
- “Holistic Mission: New Frontiers,” in Woolnough, Brian and Ma, Wonsuk, Ed., Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People, Oxford: Regnum, 2010.
- “Poverty and Human Flourishing,” Theology News & Notes, Spring 2010.
- “Boundless faith,” book review for IBMR, 34(1), January 2010.
- “Walking with the Poor with a Bias Toward Peace,” Theology News & Notes, Spring 2009.
- “Poverty” and “Relief and Development,”in Dyrness, William and Karkkainen, Veli-Mati, Eds. Global Dictionary of Theology, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008.
- “Humanitarian Response: Christians in Response to Uprooted People,” Missiology 35, no. 2, April 2007.
- “Provoking the Question: Uniting Christian Witness and Transformational Development,” World Vision International, 2006.
- “Freeing God’s Children,” book review for Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Vol 41, No 3, July 2005.
- “The Whole Gospel to the Whole World,” in J. T. K. Daniel, ed., World Evangelization and Christian Leadership. ISPCK (India), 2005.
- “Compassion with an Attitude: A Humanitarian’s View of Human Suffering,” Brandywine Review 2:3, Winter 2004.
- “Despite Good Intensions: Why Development in the Third World Has Failed,” book review for the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 27, No. 4, October 2003.
- “The Church and Transformational Development,” Transformation, Vol 17, No 2, April/June 2000.
- “Faith in Development,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol 1, Winter/Spring 2000. Co-authored with Alan Whaites and Bruce Wilkinson.
- “What Makes Development Christian? Recovering from the Impact of Modernity,” Missiology, Vol. 26, No. 2, 143-153, April 1998.
- “Making Participatory Rural Appraisals Holistic,”co-authored with Bruce Bradshaw, World Vision Staff Working Paper, 1996.
- “The Global Context of Christian Relief and Development,” Conrad Grebel Review, Fall 1995.
- “State of The World’s Children: A Critical Challenge to Christian Mission in the 1990’s,”
- International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 18 No. 3. July 1994.
- “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Evangelical-Ecumenical Cooperation,” International Review of Mission 81, no. 323, July 1992.