Robert L. Gallagher, Ph.D.

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Department Chair, Director of M.A. (Intercultural Studies), and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
On Faculty since 1998

Office: BGC 214
Phone: (630)752-5192
Fax: (630)752-7125
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Education

Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (1998) 

Dissertation titled "Luke, the Holy Spirit, and Mission: An Integrative Analysis of Selected Protestant 'Writings' in Theology, Mission, and Lukan Studies."

M.A. (Theology), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (1992) 

M.A. (Missiology), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (1991) 

M.St.Ed. (Education), University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia (1983) 

B.A. (History & Philosophy of Science), University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia (1980) 

B.Sc. [Tech.] (Material Engineering), University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia (1975)

About Robert L. Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher's professional interests include research into biblical theology of mission, the expansion of Christianity from postapostolic times to 1800, and leadership development of cross-cultural workers. He is an ordained offshore minister of the Australian National Council of CRC Churches International, as well as an ordained minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the United States. From 2010-2011 he also served as the president of the American Society of Missiology. His personal interests include reading mission biographies, hiking, travel, watching feature films (1930-60), English mysteries, foreign films, and spending time with his family.

Courses Taught

  • INTR 504:  Perspectives in Global Outreach
  • INTR 514:  Spiritual Formation & Witness
  • INTR 514:  Spiritual and Professional Formation 
  • INTR 521:  Historical Foundations
  • INTR 522:  Contemporary Mission History
  • INTR 531:  Theological Foundations
  • INTR 533:  Great Thinkers in Mission
  • INTR 534:  Mission in Acts
  • INTR 535:  Holy Spirit & Mission
  • INTR 556:  Leadership Development
  • INTR 571:  Film & Mission
  • INTR 667:  Leadership in Cultural Context
  • INTR 694:  Missiology Mentoring Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

Research

  • Cross-Cultural Narratives in the Old Testament
  • Hermeneutics of Mission Theology
  • Lukan Theology of Mission
  • Pneumatology and Mission
  • Women in Leadership

Selected Publications

Co-authored Books

  • Acts of the Apostles: Biblical Theology and Missiology for the Urban Context in the 21st Century. With Paul Hertig. The Polis Bible Commentary Series. New Testament, Volume 6. Portland, OR: Urban Loft Publishers (contracted 2018).

  • Encountering Missions History: From the Early Church to Today. With John Mark Terry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic (2017).

Co-edited Books

  • Readings in Global Christianity: Post-apostolic to 1800 AD. With Amanda Barnett. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books (contracted 2018).
  • Contemporary Mission Theology: Engaging the Nations. With Paul Hertig. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 53. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2017).
  • Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission. With Charles E. Van Engen and Nancy Thomas. Eugene, OR: Wipe & Stock (2011). 
  • Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity. With Paul Hertig. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 43. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2009).
  • Changing Worlds: Our Part in God’s Plan. With Nathan Bettcher and Bill Vasilakis. CRC International Conference Series. Adelaide, SA: CRC Churches International (2005).
  • Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context. With Paul Hertig. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 34. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2004).

Translated Books 

  • Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity. With Paul Hertig. Korean edition. Trans. by Jeon—seop Moon, Eun—young Moon, Hyung—gug Park, and Choong—hyun Paik. Seoul, Korea: Publishing House The Presbyterian Church of Korea (2012).

Peer-Reviewed Chapters

  • "Teaching Millennials the Uniqueness of Christ." In Teaching Mission in the Complex Public Arena: Developing Missiologically Informed Models of Engagement. Association of Professors of Mission Series, Robert A. Danielson and Larry Caldwell, eds. Wilmore KY: First Fruits Press (forthcoming 2018).
  • "Historical Perspectives of Teaching Mission." In Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of World Christianity. Association of Professors of Mission Series, Robert A. Danielson and Angel Santiago-Verdrell, eds. Wilmore, KY: First Fruits Press (forthcoming 2017).
  • “Coming to Gath: Migration as Mission Among the Philistines.” In God’s People on the Move: Biblical and Global Perspectives on Migration and Mission. International Association for Mission Studies series, VanThanh Nguyen and John M. Prior, eds. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (2014): 29-45.
  • “Engaging in Pneumatic Mission Praxis.” In Transforming Teaching for Mission: Educational Theory and Practice. Association of Professors of Missions series, Robert A. Danielson and Benjamin L. Hartley, eds. Wilmore, KY: First Fruits Press (2014): 117-149.
  • “Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s, St. Roland’s, or Ours?” In Missionary Methods: Research, Reflection, and Realities. Evangelical Missiological Society series, No. 21, Craig Ott and J.D. Payne, eds. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library (2013): 21-46.

Chapters

  • "Transformational Teaching: Engaging in a Pneumatic Teaching Praxis." In Thinking Theologically about Language Education, Cheri Lee Pierson and Will Bankston, eds. London: Langham Literature (forthcoming 2017).
  • "Good News for All People: Engaging Luke's Narrative Soteriology of the Nations." In Contemporary Mission Theology: Engaging the Nations. With Paul Hertig. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 53. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2017): 193-202.
  • "The Forgotten Factor: The Holy Spirit and Mission in Protestant Missiological Writings from 1945-95." In Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission. With Charles E. Van Engen and Nancy Thomas. Eugene, OR: Wipe & Stock (2011): 199-214.
  • “That Hideous Strength (1945):" ‘Those Who Serve Devils,’ ‘Real Life is Meeting' (2011), ‘Anxiety Pitch,’ ‘Lost Love,’ ‘Clearly Known to be Criminal,’ ‘Like the Sound of a Weir,’ ‘Heaven Knows!,’ ‘Never More Than One,’ ‘Our Race’s Incurable Habit,’ and ‘The N.I.C.E.’  In The Soul of C. S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings, Wayne Martindale, Jerry Root, and Linda Washington, eds.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers (2010): 147-158.
  • “The Abolition of Man (1944):" ‘Belief in Objective Value,’ ‘It is Good,’ ‘Self-evidence as Proof,’ ‘Value as Sentiment,’ ‘Instincts at War,’ ‘Scepticism about Values,’ ‘Laughing at Honour,’ ‘Emotional States in Harmony,’ ‘The Doctrine of Objective Value,’ and ‘Irrigating Deserts.’  In The Soul of C. S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings, Wayne Martindale, Jerry Root, and Linda Washington, eds.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers (2010): 135-146.
  • "The Hebraic Covenant as a Model of Contextualization." In Appropriate Christianity, Charles H. Kraft, ed. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library (2005): 135-154. 
  • "Perspectives in Global Mission History: Present to Potential Prospect." In Changing Worlds: Our Part in God's Plan, Nathan Bettcher, Robert L. Gallagher, and Bill Vasilakis, eds. CRC International Conference Series. Adelaide, SA: CRC Churches International (2005): 129-142. 
  • "Perspectives in Global Mission History: Protestantism to the Present." In Changing Worlds: Our Part in God's Plan, Nathan Bettcher, Robert L. Gallagher, and Bill Vasilakis, eds. CRC International Conference Series. Adelaide, SA: CRC Churches International (2005): 107-127.
  • "Perspectives in Global Mission History: Pentecost to Protestantism." In Changing Worlds: Our Part in God's Plan, Nathan Bettcher, Robert L. Gallagher, and Bill Vasilakis, eds. CRC International Conference Series. Adelaide, SA: CRC Churches International (2005): 87-106.
  • "Hope in the Midst of Trial: Acts 12:1-11." In Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context, Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 34. Mary knoll, NY: Orbis (2004): 157-166.
  • "From 'Doingness' to 'Beingness': A Missiological Interpretation of Acts 4:22-31." In Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context, Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds. American Society of Missiology series, No. 34. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis (2004): 45-58. 

Co-authored Chapters

  • "Introduction." With Paul Hertig. In Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity, Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 43. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2009): ix-xiii.
  • "Introduction: Background to Acts." With Paul Hertig. In Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context, Roger L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds. American Society of Missiology Series, No. 34. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books (2004): 1-17.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Inner and Outer Dimensions of Mission: A Historical Survey of the Role of Spirituality in Latin American Protestant Missiological Writings.” Journal of Latin American Theology: Christian Reflections from the Latino South 8:2 (Fall 2013): 87-101.
  • “Mission from the Inside Out: An Integrative Analysis of Selected Latin American Protestant ‘Writings’ in Spirituality and Mission.” Missiology: An International Review 40:1 (January 2012): 9-22.
  • “The Integration of Mission Theology and Practice: Zinzendorf and the Early Moravians.” Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies 25:2 (October 2008): 185-210.
  • “Zinzendorf and the Early Moravians: Pioneers in Leadership Selection and Training.” Missiology: An International Review 36:2 (April 2008): 237-244.
  • "'Me and God, We'd be Mates': Toward an Aussie Contextualized Gospel." International Bulletin of Missionary Research 30:3 (July 2006): 127-132.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • "Cross-Cultural Leadership Development," International Teams (July 19-21, 2017)
  • "Teaching the Uniqueness of Christ," Association of Professors of Mission (July 15, 2017)
  • "Local Church Chinese Immigration," Society for Pentecostal Studies (March 11, 2017)
  • "Cross-Cultural Leadership Development," International Teams (February 13-17, 2017)
  • "Chinese Immigrants in Chicago," Annual Evangelical Missiological Society (Oct. 14, 2016)
  • “Narrative Soteriology in Acts,” International Association for Mission Studies (August 7, 2016)
  • “The History of Teaching Mission,” Association of Professors of Mission (June 17, 2016)
  • “Mission & the Local Church,” Nth. West Evangelical Missiological Society (April 2, 2016)
  • “Mission & the Local Church,” Nth. Central Evangelical Missiological Society (March 19, 2016)
  • “Betrayal of Women Missionaries in Film,” Society for Pentecostal Studies (March 12, 2016)
  • “Review of The New Pilgrims,” Society for Pentecostal Studies (March 10, 2016)
  • “Women of Theological Grace,” Annual Evangelical Missiological Society (Sept. 19, 2015)
  • “Betrayal of Women Missionaries in Film,” American Society of Missiology, (June 20, 2015)
  • “Women of Theological Truth, Nth. Central Evangelical Missiological Society (April 25, 2015)
  • “Engaging in Pneumatic Mission Praxis,” Society for Pentecostal Studies (March 14, 2015)
  • “Mission in Luke-Acts,” Intercultural Studies Doctoral Program, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO (December 8-12, 2014)
  • “Covenantal Mateship: ‘Waltzing Matilda’ Along the Australian Road,” Religion in Southeast Asia Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November 23, 2014)
  • “Engaging in the Theology of Ministry,” CRC Churches International, Adelaide, South Australia and Mildura & Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (July 31-August 19, 2014)
  • “Me and God, We’d Be Mates: Towards an Australian Contextualization,” American Society of Missiology, St. Paul, MN (June 21, 2014)
  • “Engaging in Mission Theology: An Integration of Covenant & Mission,” Association of Professors of Mission, St. Paul, MN (June 19, 2014)
  • “Spiritual Formation and Intercultural Ministry,” Asian Access, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan (May 29-June 2, 2014)
  • “Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes,” World Mission Institute (Catholic Theological Union, Lutheran School of Theology, & McCormick Theological Seminary), Chicago, IL (April 25, 2014)
  • “Migration or Mission from Gath?: Philistines & the Kingdom of God (1-2 Samuel),” North Central Evangelical Missiological Society, Deerfield, IL (April 5, 2014)
  • “Apostle Paul’s Missionary Methods,” Society for Pentecostal Studies, Springfield, MO (March 8, 2014)

Consultations & Honors

  • Editorial Committee of the American Society of Missiology Series (2015-Present)
  • Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Evangelical Missiological Society (2014-Present)
  • Editor of the Intercultural Studies series, Peter Lang Publishing (2014-Present)
  • Board of Directors, American Society of Missiology (2009-2012)
  • President of the American Society of Missiology (2010-2011)
  • Catholic Book Award, Catholic Press Association of the United States & Canada (2010) 
  • First Vice-President, American Society of Missiology (2009-2010)

Academic Reviewer

  • Australian Catholic University (2015-Present)
  • Journal of World Christianity (2015-Present)
  • American Society of Missiology Monograph series (2015-Present)
  • Journal of Religious History (2012-Present)
  • Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Mission Studies (2012-Present)
  • InterVarsity Press (2011-Present)
  • Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2010-Present)
  • Evangelical Missiological Society (2008-Present)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (2003-Present)

Ministry Abroad

  • Faculdade Teológica Sul Americana, Londrina, Paraná, Brasil (2018)
  • CRC Churches International, NSW, South Australia, & Victoria, Australia (2018)
  • International Baptist Church, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (2018)
  • CRC Churches International, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018)
  • Wheaton College Graduate School, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2018)
  • Kairos International University, Malacca, Malaysia (2017)
  • Kairos International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2017)
  • Operation Mobilization International, Amman, Jordan (2017)
  • CRC Churches International, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2016)
  • International Association for Missions Studies, Seoul, South Korea (2016)
  • CRC Churches International, Adelaide, South Australia, & Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2014)
  • Asian Access in Japan, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan (2014)
  • Operation Mobilization International, Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey (2013)
  • Asian Access, Tokyo Metropolis, Greater Tokyo Area, Japan (2013)
  • CRC Churches International, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (2013)
  • Christian Churches Annual Missions’ Conference, Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico (2013)


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