#32 – Miriam Adeney

Martin Rodriguez sits down with Miriam Adeney, anthropologist and professor emerita of world Christian studies at Seattle Pacific University. Adeney reflects on her experiences in missiology, identifies her contributions to the field, and shares her hopes for its future.

Our Guest

Miriam Adeneny, Professor Emerita of World Christian Studies at Seattle Pacific University, is an anthropologist, a missiologist, and an author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.

She serves on the board of Christianity Today International, is a mission associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, is a member of the diaspora task force of the Lausanne Movement, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Christians for Biblical Equality, and is past president of the American Society of Missiology.

Dr. Adeney speaks regularly for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement; Overseas Ministry Study Center; Koinos; Encountering Islam; Media Associates International; InterVarsity; and diverse denominational events. She has authored more than 150 articles or book chapters, as well as six books. In many countries, spanning five continents, she is invited to lecture at universities and conferences. Southeast Asia, Latin America, and North American multiethnic communities are areas of long-term interest.

Also deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Adeney is married, the mother of three sons, and a member of Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. Her academic degrees are from Wheaton College (BA, anthropology); Syracuse University (MA, journalism); and Washington State University (PhD, anthropology).

Publications Mentioned

  • Practical Anthropology.
  • Miriam Adeney, God's Foreign Policy: Practical Ways to Help the World's Poor (Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 1993).
  • Miriam Adeney, Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
  • Miriam Adeney, Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009).
  • Dana L. Robert, ed., Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women In The Twentieth Century, American Society Of Missiology Series (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002).


Hosted by Martin Rodriguez

Produced by Greg McKinzie