Ph.D., Theology and Economic Development, Leeds University (UK) (2003)
M.Sc., Economic Development, Eastern University (1993)
M.Div., Biblical Studies and Anthropology, Asbury Theological Seminary (1988)
B.Ed.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri (1983)
Grants and Fellowships
Provost Research Fellowship, Eastern University (2010); jointly received by Lindy Backues, Eloise Meneses, David Bronkema, Eric Flett and Benjamin Hartley: Conceptualization, Curricular Design and Inauguration of the Master of Arts Degree in Christian Anthropology
Academic Distinction Honoree, Eastern University (1992-93, 1993-94)
Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Economic Development, Eastern University (1993-94)
Graduate Research Assistant to Van Weigel (September to December 1992)
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Ronald J. Sider (January to May 1992)
Robert A. Traina English Bible Scholarship Recipient, Asbury Theological Seminary (1986-87, 1987-88)
Society for International Development
American Society of Missiology
Delta Mu Delta (National Honor Society in Business Administration)
Workshop leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 5-7, 2015): “Self-emptying as Fruitful Motif for Social Practice and Theorizing”
Panel member and respondent at the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Forum, Eastern University (November 17, 2014): “Intentional Community Panel Discussion”.
Primary speaker at Eastern University’s Mission Forum Week (October 20-24, 2014): (1) Chapel speaker – ‘Where’s the Good in Evangelism?’ (October 22nd), (2) Mission Week Banquet speaker – ‘The Ministry of Fruitful Boredom’ (October 22nd), (3) Windows on the World speaker – ‘A Biblical Case Study – Who is Good?’ (October 24th)
Workshop leader/speaker at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network, Michigan Cohort, Kalamazoo, Michigan (August 8, 2014): “Systems Thinking 101”
Workshop leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 6-8, 2014): “The Christian Idea of Emptying as Fruitful Motif for Community Participation and Empowerment”
Planner and participant of a five-person investigative community development tour to Haiti on behalf of Eastern University – the trip entailed travel to Port-au-Prince and outer regions in order to explore potential for eco-tourism, handicrafts import-export, coffee production and travel service possibilities (January 17-20, 2014)
Workshop presenter, Eastern University Faculty Workshop, Eastern University (January 10, 2014): “Creativity in the Classroom”
Founding member and participant in the “On Knowing Humanity” Annual Workshop at Eastern University (January 9-10, 2014). In concert with seven colleagues, the workshop explored four out of five activities supported by a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: (1) research, (2) conferences/lectures/events, (3) curricula/courses of study, and (4) electronic and print media. A book project and a (first) annual conference have been scheduled (to take place in May 2015)
Panel member and respondent at the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Forum, Eastern University (November 20, 2013): “Pragmatic Response to World Hunger”
Panel member and respondent at Multicultural Awareness Advisory Committee and Black Student League Panel Event, Eastern University (February 27, 2013): “The N Word”
Workshop leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 31-February 2, 2013): “Doubting, Worship and the Great Commission”
First team respondent to invited lecture of the “On Knowing Humanity: Christian Anthropology Series” Colloquia at Eastern University (February 24, 2012): Dr. Kevin Birth, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, City University of New York, “2012, Necromancy and the End of Time on Earth”
Workshop leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 2-4, 2012): “Development as an Act of Love and Failure”.
Nominated mission participant on an Interfaith Mission to Israel; sponsored and funded by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – the trip entailed travel with 17 select Philadelphia Jewish and Christian community leaders on a study trip to Israel (February 8-15, 2011). Over the course of the trip to Tel Aviv, Golan, Galilee (the group stayed for three nights in a kibbutz), Jerusalem, and Bethlehem in the West Bank, the group met with Jewish, Arab Muslim, Arab Christian, and Arab Druze citizens of Israel (representative here were Rabbi Meir Azari, executive director of Beit Daniel, who led the group on a coexistence tour through the city of Jaffa; Rabbi Dr. Marc Rosenstein, who introduced the group to the Makom Bagalil Circus in Galilee, which focuses on Jewish-Arab cooperation; Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish, Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, who took the group on a study tour to an Arab high school in the Israeli Arab town of Abu Gosh; Rabbi Seth Mandell and Sherri Mandell, who lost their son to terrorist violence in 2001 and, since then, have organized healing programs for families who have suffered similar tragedies; Father Nadeem Chacour, a noted Melchite priest and Christian Arab peace activist and author [whose own family has been displaced from their land] who met with the group over a meal, explaining his struggles and hopes for peace and reconciliation as an Arab Israeli and religious leader.)
Workshop and roundtable discussion leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 4-5, 2011): “The Image
of the Incarnation as Motif for Development Practice”.
First presenter (with respondents) in the “On Knowing Humanity: Christian Anthropology Series” Colloquia at Eastern University (October 22, 2010): “Epistemological Insights for Anthropology”. The colloquia were designed to investigate
the idea of anthropology undertaken from a Christian perspective by way of several vantage points: epistemological, theological, scientific, and historical.Participant and senior representative – GoED Working Group Discussion Meetings (in lieu of the cancelled Transformational Development Conference), St. Louis, Missouri (June 17-19, 2010).
Workshop and roundtable discussion leader at Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 4-5, 2010): “Interfaith Development Efforts as Means to Peace and Witness”.
Panel moderator, Eastern University Microfinance Conference, Eastern University (March 28, 2009): “Theology and Microfinance”.
Panel member and responder to keynote comments in an evening presentation sponsored by the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University (February 7, 2008): “‘Respectful Conversations in the Academy’— Conversations That Matter with Dr. Harold Heie”.
Principal trainer and organizer for month-long workshop on Aceh tsunami relief (12lectures), Millennium Relief and Development Services, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (September 2005). Participant, panel speaker and workshop leader, Microfinance and the Environment Conference, Eastern University (July 26-29, 2004).
Public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom (December 3, 2003): “The Image of the Incarnation as Motif for Development Practice in West Java”.
Speaker at West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies (WYSOCS), Leeds, United Kingdom (January 21, 2003): “Peace-Making in Indonesia: Implications of the Gospel in Light of Recent Tragedies and Our Responsibilities”.
Participant and organizational representative, Regional Membership Meeting, International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT), Jakarta, Indonesia (September 8-12, 2002).
Seminar leader and discussion moderator for regional planning workshop, Mercy Corps International, Jakarta, Indonesia (March 5-6, 2002).
Speaker on development, microfinance and missional practice at the Central Asia Regional Conference, Frontiers, Inc., Cha-am, Thailand (January 23-29, 2002).
Presentation at the Regional Health Empowerment Working Group, Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Indian Ocean Rim (EIDIOR) workshop, Perth, Western Australia,Australia (September 2001): “Health and Poverty”; also, helped fashion potential links and networks between universities, non-government organizations and bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies for the purpose of serving the Indian Ocean region.
Paper delivered at the Occasional Seminar, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom (March 28, 2001): “Patronage and ‘Development’ in a Western Javanese Kampung”.
Paper delivered for Mercy Corps International’s Indonesian Microfinance Division, Jakarta, Indonesia (September 24-25, 2000): “Micro-credit Schemes: Some Important Considerations”.
Paper delivered for the Higher Education Link between Institute for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK, and The Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Politics, Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR), University of Parahyangan, Bandung, Indonesia, (September 4, 2000): “The Role of ‘People’s Institutions’ and Overlooked Resistance in Empowering Patronless Populations in West Java in the Post-Soeharto Era”.
Moderator of civil society town hall meeting between Indonesian NGOs, Indonesian
Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development, Erna Witoelar, and James Wolfensohn, President, World Bank, Bandung, Indonesia (March 18, 2000).
Guest lecturer at University of Leeds’ Masters of Arts in Asian Pacific Studies program,
Singapore (January 19, 1999): “The Design and Implementation of a Micro-credit Programme in Indonesia and its Place in Empowerment and Small-scale Development Schemes for Would-be Micro-entrepreneurs”.
NGO representative (Yayasan Perisai Biru/Sumbangsih Nuansa Tasikmalaya) at Asian Development Bank Conference “Poverty in Indonesia: The Way Forward”, Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Indonesia (February 4-5, 1998).