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David H. Scott

Accreditation Liaison Officer and Professor of Intercultural Studies and Children at Risk

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

MD543: Mission with Children at Risk

MD575: Childhood in Global Perspective

MD577: Children, Refugees, and Armed Conflict

MI804A-C: Missiology as a Discipline

MI806: Advanced Missiological Research II

Areas of Expertise

Mission with children at risk, cognitive anthropology, cognitive research methods, child participation and human rights for children, motivation and retention among children’s and youth workers, theology of children


“In the privileged West, we must be willing to allow difficult news to permeate the membranes of our personal and communal bubbles. Part of God’s identity is father to the fatherless (Ps 68:5), and as fellow children of God, we must recognize that even children who suffer far away are part of our extended family. We have a God-given responsibility to them, even if their needs are not as immediately evident to us as the children with whom we personally interact.”


Dr. Scott, in his essay “Revisiting Our Response to Children Globally,” available here.


David Scott joined the faculty at Fuller in 2012, though he actually began his career at Fuller in 2003 when he helped to develop the first School of Intercultural Studies class on children at risk. Since that time he has continued to provide strategic leadership in the development of children at risk studies while also serving in a variety of administrative capacities. From 2009 to 2014 he served as associate director of the Center for Missiological Research, helping many students through their ThM and PhD programs. From 2019 to 2021, he served as associate dean of the School of Theology and the School of Intercultural Studies (which were  reconstituted into a single school, the School of Mission and Theology, in 2020). In 2021, he was appointed Accreditation Liaison Officer. 

Dr. Scott’s ministry experience includes almost 10 years with Viva (formerly Viva Network), an Oxford-based nonprofit that networks Christian organizations working with children at risk, helping them to develop relationships with like-minded groups locally, regionally, and globally in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas, strategies, and resources. His role with Viva involved facilitating the development of academic children-at-risk training programs at different Christian institutions worldwide. He was pleased to be invited to join Viva’s international board in 2021.

Scott contributed the chapter “Health Missions to Children in Crisis: Theological Contributions for Better Practice” in the collection Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions, as well as “Theological Dignity and Human Rights for Children,” in Understanding God’s Heart for Children.

View Dr. Scott’s CV and current list of his publications.