Linda F. Whitmer , Ph.D.

Photo - Linda F. Whitmer Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Director of Mission

Phone: (714) 879-3901 x1271
Email: lfwhitmer@hiu.edu
Office: Nutwood Rm 320


  • B.S., Bible, Christian Education, Kentucky Christian College
  • M.A., New Testament Exegesis and Christian Education, Johnson Bible College
  • M.A., Inter-Cultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Intercultural Studies, Emphasis on Cultural Anthropology, Mission Theology, and Contextualization, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Additional Studies: Lincoln Christian Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


  • Who's Who Among American Teachers 2007
  • Ordained Missionary


  • Strategies for Mission
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Church in Context
  • Methods of Discovering Culture
  • Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Strategies for Urban Ministry
  • Ministry in the Urban Setting
  • People of God (SPS)
  • Ministry in Diversity (SPS)
  • Anthropology for Christian Ministry (SGS)


  • Anthropology Award, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers 2007
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Society of Missiology
  • Association of Professors of Missiology
  • International Association of Mission Studies


  • HIV/AIDS and the Church Worldwide
  • Current Trends in Missiology
  • Integrating Church and Mission
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Poverty and Homelessness among Children


  • A Christian Education Program for Zimbabwe. 1995
  • The Father Metaphor of God: Shona and Biblical Implications for Mission in Africa. 2003
  • Mission and World Evangelism in Hope for the Future. 2006


  • Director: Missiologists and Mission Professors Annual Conference, National Mission Convention, Peoria, IL. November 2004.
  • All Africa Missionary Conference Coordinator, Zimbabwe, 1999
  • Executive Director, National Mission Convention, Representing Colleges and Universities, 2001-2005.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Gemeinhart Lectureship on Mission, Kentucky Christian College, Grayson, Kentucky, January 29 - February 1, 2002. Topic: "We're Not Alone Anymore: The Significance of Culture in Today's World."
  • 2006 Hyderabad, India "Culture Learning on the Mission Field."
  • 2007 Haiti "The Life of Christ"
  • 2007 Chennai, India "Gospel of the Kingdom"
  • 2007 Hyderabad, India, "Culture Awareness and the Missionary"
  • National Missionary Convention 2001 Workshop: "Discovering Culture on the Mission Field."
  • National Missionary Convention 2000 Workshop: "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You on the Mission Field."
  • National Missionary Convention 2002 Workshop "Continuing Education for Missionaries on the Field."
  • National Missionary Convention 2003 Workshop "Successful Mission Internships"
  • National Missionary Convention 2004 Workshop "Missionary Kids Prepare for the Future"
  • National Missionary Convention 2006 Workshop "Interpreting the Bible and Culture"
  • Zimbabwe National Minister's Conference, Choosing or Designing Christian Education for Your Church, 1997.
  • Women's Retreats


I married my high school sweetheart (Steve) and together we have raised our three children. They have given us six fabulous grandchildren who are the delight of our lives. I am also an avid reader and am fascinated by peoples' cultures.


As a child of God, I am compelled by love and joy to share the Gospel around the world with everyone who has need. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9; "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13



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