Dr. Linda Whitmer

Dean, School of Intercultural Studies
B.S. in Bible and Christian Education (Kentucky Christian University)
M.A. in New Testament Exegesis and Christian Education (Johnson University)
M.S. in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Veteran Missionary

Books and Articles: Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of World Christianity

Textbook Supplement to Haviland’s Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge, 13th edition

“World Evangelization” in Hope for the Future: Contemporary Values of the Restoration Movement

“Re-engaging Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?” in Missio Dei.

“Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies. – Review” in Missio Dei.

“Teaching Cross-Culturally: A Review” in Biblical Higher Education Journal.

“Epiphany” in MissionalPreacher.

A review of James E. Plueddemann’s Teaching Across Cultures: Contextualizing Education for Global Mission in the Biblical Higher Education Journal.


My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Johnson University, the president, the faculty, and the staff are focused on pursuing God’s mission to advance the kingdom of God among the entire world. They believe it and they take it seriously. The Intercultural Studies faculty is experienced both academically and practically, all of them having served in cross-cultural settings, and they see mentoring students in preparation for today’s world as a vital calling. That makes teaching here a joy.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Read, cook, play golf, spend time with family, play board games.

In my classes, students can expect: More than just a downloading of information. Experiential learning, interacting with those of other cultures, lively discussions, and challenging meaningful connections to the subjects are the norm.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Get connected and take advantage of the many opportunities to explore professional and ministerial experiences. On-campus small groups, local and international mission trips, and organizational representative visitors provide continuous occasions to be engaged.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Passionate about reaching across cultural boundaries, whether in the US or globally, to share the gospel. I also want them to become personally capable of rewarding interpersonal relationships with people of other cultures, languages, and ethnic groups.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: It’s not just in a foreign land! Intercultural Studies programs are all about working and living cross-culturally. The reality of today’s world is this is everywhere! We no longer live in a world where we talk, look, and live like everyone around us. We live in a multi-cultural world. Intercultural Studies can help make you the best of whatever your chosen vocation as you live daily with those around you.

A quote that influences how I live is: “Have I not commanded you, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).