About the Author

      Douglas E. (Doug) Wingeier is emeritus professor of practical theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he taught from 1970 to 1997 in the fields of Christian education and practical theology. As associate dean for ministry programs, he also directed the Doctor of Ministry, continuing education, field education, and summer school programs. Prior to that he served as a pastor, minister of education, and campus minister in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, and as a United Methodist missionary teaching at Trinity Theological College in Singapore.

      He has a B.A. from Taylor University and the S.T.B. and Ph.D degrees from Boston University, and is a retired clergy member of the West Michigan Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has lived, taught, and done research in Samoa, Korea, Hong Kong, Palestine, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Central America, and served as a reserve member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Mexico, Palestine, and Colombia.

      Since retiring from Garrett-Evangelical, Dr. Wingeier has offered courses in elderhostels, local churches, and United Methodist Schools of Christian Mission. Since 2002, each summer he has taught the course “Our Mission: Transforming Agent” in the Course of Study School at Wesley Theological Seminary. Some of the material in this book is drawn from that course.

      Dr. Wingeier has authored numerous articles and eleven previous books, including Working Out Your Own Beliefs and Keeping Holy Time: Studying the Revised Common Lectionary. He lives in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, with his wife and mission partner Carol. They have four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


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