Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Provost Emeritus and Senior Professor of Anthropology School of Intercultural Studies

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BA, Wheaton College
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter retired as provost of Fuller Seminary on June 30, 2011, but continues to serve on Fuller's faculty as senior professor of anthropology. He joined Fuller in 1999 as professor and dean of the School of Intercultural Studies (then the School of World Mission) and served as acting provost in 2001 before being appointed provost in 2002.

Before his appointment at Fuller, Dr. Lingenfelter served as professor of Intercultural Studies and provost and senior vice president at Biola University, La Mirada, California.He holds a BA from Wheaton College and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lingenfelter's field research includes three years in the Yap Islands of Micronesia, and short-term research projects with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Brazil, Cameroon, and Suriname. He has served as consultant to SIL over the last two decades in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Philippines, Africa, and Latin America. He also contributes regularly to mission conferences and to missionary candidate training for other evangelical mission organizations. His publications on missions include Ministering Cross-Culturally (1986), Transforming Culture (1992, 1998) Agents of Transformation (1996), Teaching Cross-Culturally (2003) with his wife, Dr. Judith Lingenfelter, and a publication co-authored with Dr. Paul R. Gupta, Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: Training Leaders for a Church Planting Movement (2006). His most recent book is Leading Cross-culturally: An Incarnational Model for Power-Giving Leadership (2008).

Classes Taught

  • MB500 - Culture and Transformation
  • MB508 - Culture, Human Sexuality, and Ministry
  • ML537 - Leaders, Denominational Structures, and Missional Churches

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing

Social structure, anthropology of leadership, globalization and cultural change, culture and partnership for mission, ministering cross-culturally

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