Travis Myers, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Church History and Mission Studies

“The resurrected, reigning, and returning King Jesus is building his glocal church to his Father’s manifold glory by his Spirit’s use of his Word proclaimed and put into practice by his suffering yet satisfied people among every tribe and tongue on his good but groaning earth in this eschatological Day of Salvation.”

Christ rescued Travis through the humble, intellectually-engaged outreach and Spirit-fructified community life of a very ethnically diverse chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1994. As a missionary with the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) from 2003 to 2005 he had the privilege of teaching various theology courses at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary and serving as faculty advisor for a student club and alumni organization for missions among francophone unreached people groups. His current research interests include the history of Christian missions and mission theory; theologies of culture and religion; biblical studies, biblical theology, and contextualization; as well as world Christianity and the implications of globalization for applied ecclesiology.

Travis and his skillful wife, Susan, have been involved with various ministries to children and young adults, the elderly, international students, and recent immigrants in Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville, and Boston. They share a call to missions mobilization via theological education, resource development, global networking, and mentoring. They enjoy coffee and morning devotions together, watching international films and walking around the lakes of Minneapolis, shopping at (urban) Aldi’s and eating Susan’s cooking.

In 2015, Travis finished a dissertation on the way that the Congregational ecclesiology and Puritan piety of John Eliot (1604-1690) shaped his church planting ministry to Native Americans in colonial Massachusetts. Travis is currently writing a book on the theology of global outreach and cross-cultural ministry as well as a book concerning the history of Protestant cross-cultural ministry in emerging global context. He enjoys serving as the book review editor for the Journal of Global Christianity published by Training Leaders International.

Travis can be found on Twitter under @travismyers71.

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., University of Illinois
  • M.A., William Carey International University
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Boston University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Additional Studies: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; The Bethlehem Institute; Harvard Divinity School; Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary; Lakeland Community College

 

Publications

 

Conference Presentations

  • “‘Get as Near to God as You Can’: A New Proposal for the Kind of ‘Civility’ Pursued for the Praying Indians of New England by the Congregationalist Reverend John Eliot (1604-1690).” Paper presented at the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. January, 2018.
  • “The ‘Pilgrim Principle’ as Interpretive Motif for Understanding Hostilities Encountered by Moravians in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania.” Paper presented at the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. Chicago. January, 2012.
  • “Toward a US American Ecclesiology of Mission Considering the Meta-Contexts of Globalization and a Global Church.” Paper presented at 2010 Boston: The Changing Contours of Mission and World Christianity, a special conference of the Boston Theological Institute. Boston. November, 2010.

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