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Wilbert R. Shenk

Senior Professor of Mission History and Contemporary Culture

BA, Goshen College
MA, University of Oregon
PhD, University of Aberdeen

Courses Taught

MH500: Global Evangelical Movement

MH505: Issues in Mission History

MH510: The Making of Global Christianity

MH701/801: Methods of Historical Research

MI510: Thinking Missiologically

MP520: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Macro

MP521: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Micro

MP522: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Mezzo

MP891: Theories of Modernity and Postmodernity

MT527: Lesslie Newbigin: Theologian of Mission and Ministry

MT528: Jesus the Missionary

MT529: David Bosch: Missionary Theologian

MT530: Contemporary Theologies of Mission

MT563: Mission Theology and Anabaptist Perspectives

Areas of Expertise

Mission history, missiology, mission to contemporary culture


Wilbert Shenk joined the School of Intercultural Studies faculty in 1995. He previously had experience as director of the Mission Training Center and associate professor of mission at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1990–1995); director of the Overseas Ministries Division of the Mennonite Board of Missions (1965–1990); and a teacher in Indonesia (1955–1959).

Among Shenk’s more recent publications are North American Foreign Missions, 1810–1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy(2004), Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History (2002), By Faith They Went Out: Mennonite Missions, 1850–1999 (2000), and Changing Frontiers of Mission (1999). He was a consulting editor of the Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations (2007) and the History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973–2013 (2014). In 2006, Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation, edited by James R. Krabill, Walter Sawatsky, and Charles E. Van Engen, was published in Shenk’s honor.

Shenk is a founding member of the American Society of Missiology and served as its secretary-treasurer (1979–1988) and president (1995). He is also a member of the International Association for Mission Studies. Shenk coordinated the Missiology of Western Culture Project (1992–1998) and was the North American coordinator for North Atlantic Missiology Project/Currents in World Christianity (1994–2000). Additionally, Shenk convened the consultation sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998 on the topic “Toward a Global Christian History,” with 45 participants from six continents.

Download Dr. Shenk’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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