#41 – Michael Rynkiewich

Martin Rodriguez sits down with Michael Rynkiewich, retired professor of anthropology. They discuss his experiences as a missionary and anthropologist in the Pacific Islands, his contrubtions to missiology as a scholar and professor, and the future of the field in our rapidly changing world.

Our Guest

Michael A. Rynkiewich, PhD, is retired from his roles as professor of anthropology at the E. Stanley Jones School of Mission and Evangelism and as director of postgraduate studies, both at Asbury Theological Seminary. His book, Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World (2012) received Christianity Today’s Merit Award for New Book in Missions/Global Affairs in January 2013.

His previous works include Adoption and Land Tenure among Arno Marshallese (1972), The Nacirema: Readings on American Culture (1975),  Traders, Teachers and Soldiers: An Anthropological Survey of Colonial Era Sites on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, Micronesian Archaeological Survey report (1981), Politics in Papua New Guinea: Continuities, Changes and Challenges, Point No. 24, ed. with Roland Seib (2000), Land and Churches in Melanesia: Issues and Contexts, Point No. 25 (2001), Cultures and Languages of Papua New Guinea: The Story of the Origins, Migrations and Settlement of Melanesian Peoples, Languages and Cultures (2004), Land and Churches in Melanesia: Cases and Procedures, Point No. 27 (2004).

Publications Mentioned

  • Lydia Z. Dixon. Delivering Health: Midwifery and Development in Mexico. Policy to Practice. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2020.
  • Norman L. Zucker and Naomi Flink Zucker. The Guarded Gate: The Reality of American Refugee Policy. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 1987.
  • Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012)
  • Michael Rynchiewich."The World Our Parish: Rethinking the Standard Missiological Model." Missiology 30, no. 3 (2002): 301-21.


Hosted by Martin Rodriguez

Produced by Greg McKinzie