David Scott

Assistant Professor Of Intercultural Studies And Children At Risk

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies

Courses Taught

MD543: Mission with Children at Risk

MD548: Children and Armed Violence

MD545: Ministry to Street Children

MI804B-C: Missiology as a Discipline, Parts B-C

Campus Affiliations

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 and youth workers, and 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 the Children at Risk emphasis 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. Dr. Scott is also responsible for administering a number of other programs and events in the School of Intercultural Studies, including the Global Research Institute (Fuller’s post-doctoral fellowship program for non-Western scholars) and the annual Missiology Lectures.

Scott’s ministry experience includes almost ten 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.

Scott has contributed “Health Missions to Children in Crisis: Theological Contributions for Better Practice” to the collection Health, Healing, and Shalom: Frontiers and Challenges for Christian Healthcare Missions, as well as a chapter, “Theological Dignity and Human Rights for Children,” in Understanding God’s Heart for Children, the Christian response to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and has published several articles and reviews.

Featured Publications

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Voices on Young People