APM - Current Officers


Linda Whitmer, Ph.D., President

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN




Linda Whitmer


Linda Whitmer is the Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Knoxville, TN. Prior to serving at Johnson University, she was the Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Hope International University. Linda and her husband Steve served as missionaries in Zimbabwe for over 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.



A. Sue Russell, Ph.D., First Vice-President

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, KY




A. Sue Russell


Sue Russell is the Professor of Mission and Contextual Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Before coming to Asbury, Dr. Russell was the Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Biola University. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in cross-cultural ministry and field research with Wycliffe Bible Translators in S. E. Asia, where she worked with a committee of national pastors to complete the translation of the whole Bible into the Tagal language. She earned Ph.D. in Christian History at UCLA and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at La Trobe University.



Margaret Guider, Th.D., Second Vice-President

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

815-725-8735, ext. 105



Margaret Guider


Margaret Guider is Chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty and Associate Professor of Missiology at Boston College.  She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed under-graduate and graduate degrees in education at the University of Illinois and taught in the inner city of Chicago. In 1975, she responded to the call to become a lay missioner in the rural interior of Goiás, Brazil. Upon her return to the United States four years later, she became a Franciscan sister and soon found herself ministering in Chicago again, as Archdiocesan Director of Mission Education and as chaplain for the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.  She completed a Master's degree in theology at the Catholic Theological Union, along with additional coursework in Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University.  Her doctoral studies were in the area of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School, with a particular focus on the comparative study of contextual theologies, faith-based social movements, and models of mission in the world church.   In 1990, she joined the faculty at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and in 2008, she became a member of the ecclesiastical faculty of the School of Theology and  Ministry at Boston College.



David Fenrick, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer

University of Northwestern

St. Paul, MN




David Fenrick


David Fenrick is the Director of the Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education, and professor of Intercultural Studies and Communication at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for the journal, Missiology: An International Review, and on the American Society of Missiology Board of Publications. David earned his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. David has lived and studied in Zimbabwe, Palestine and Israel, and has led numerous educational travel seminars around the world. He also served as a United Methodist minister in Virginia, receiving Excellence in Ministry Awards from both the Commission on Race and Religion, and the Board of Global Ministry.



Advisory Board:


Craig Hendrickson

Moody Bible Institute


Enoch Kim


Fuller Theological Seminary


Kathy Mowry


Trevecca Nazarene University


Paul Lewis


Assemblies of God Theological Seminary


Rolando Cuellar


Lee University


Susan Maros


Fuller Theological Seminary