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Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Provost Emeritus and Senior Professor of Anthropology

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Wheaton CollegePhD, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

MB508: Culture, Human Sexuality, and MinistryML537: Leaders, Denominational Structures, and Missional ChurchesML776: Leadership Change: Learning from Leadership Failure

Areas of Expertise

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

“We all participate in social and cultural contexts that become the norm for our expectations and behavior toward others. Unless we have a clear understanding of self and our own culture, and how its beliefs and values restrict our acceptance and service


Dr. Lingenfelter, in his book Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership


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 th