0 Marcus Dean

Marcus Dean

Marcus Dean

Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missions; Chair, Global Studies Department; Director of Off-Campus Studies

Teaching Philosophy

As I teach at Houghton, my goal is to help students connect course content to everyday life. My education alternated between degree programs and different life and ministry experiences. This back-and-forth interaction enabled me to make connections between learning and life. I value that students at Houghton are connecting what they learn with real-world experiences as part of their majors.

Also, in the classroom I endeavor to guide students in grasping the connection between faith and culture. We need to understand how our culture interacts with living out our faith. I desire that students come to see how the area of Intercultural Studies relates to living out our faith and making Christ known in whatever intercultural context we are in. This is equally true for the student of missions as it is for those who are living as Christians in any setting. At the base of it all, we can look to Jesus, who is in fact the ultimate example of learning to live and serve in a second culture. Likewise, we can learn from God’s people throughout the Bible who interacted in other cultures while representing God and his kingdom.


  • Ph.D., Trinity International University (2001)
  • M.Div, Th.M. Asbury Seminary (1987, 1988)
  • B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University (1981)

Courses Taught

  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Missiological Foundations
  • Missions and the Global Church
  • Contextualization and Missions
  • Mentoring Intercultural Experiences

Professional Members/Associations

  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • American Society of Missiology

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Served as book review editor of Evangelical Missionary Quarterly from January 2013 to October 2017.
  • For 2016-2017 served on the steering committee for the Eastern Fellowship of the Association of Mission Professors, affiliated with the American Society of Missiology.
  • For 2017-2020 serving as the Northeast Region coordinator (vice-president on the National Board) of the Evangelical Missiological Society.
  • Served with Global Partners, Wesleyan Church Missions, 1988-2003.  Lived and ministered in Mexico, Colombia, and Puerto Rico.

Research Interests

  • The intersection of Culture and Christianity
  • Intercultural Relationships
  • Intercultural Adjustment


  • Article: “Cultural Self-awareness: A missing element in Intercultural Service.” Published in Evangelical Mission Quarterly, July 2017, Vol 53, no 3. Online.
  • March 18, 2017. Presented at theNortheast Regional Conference of the Evangelical Missiological Society a paper titled: “John Chapter 4:  The Influence of culture on conversion.”
  • April 14-16, 2016. Presented at The Arts: The Intersection of Aesthetic Expression, Christianity, and World Languages annual meeting of the Christian Association of World Language. Paper titled: “The Intersection of culture and language in worship.”
  • September 18-20, 2015. Presented at the Controversies in Christian Mission annual meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society. Paper presented at the regional EMS Conference: “Is Contextualization Becoming Irrelevant? The Impact of Globalization.”
  • May 28-30, 2015. Presented at the On Knowing Humanity Conference, sponsored by Eastern University, a paper titled: “John Chapter 4:  Intersection of Culture and Conversion.”
  • Article:  “Doing Missions as Participants in Diaspora.” Published in Global Missiology, April 2015, Vol. 3, No 12. Online at http://www.globalmissiology.org/.
  • Article:  “Mutuality and Missions: The Western Christian in Global Ministry.” Published in Missiology: An International Review, July 2013, Vol 41, No. 3.
  • March 22, 2013. Presented at Wesleyan Theological Society, a paper titled: “Holiness and Culture: A Perspective from Understanding Values and Purity.”
  • Article: “The Missionary as Cultural Pilgrim.” In Evangelical Missions Quarterly, January 2012, Vol. 48, No.1
  • Article:  “Becoming a True Cross-Cultural Friend.” Published in Common Ground Journal: Perspectives on the Church in the 21st Century, Vol 4, No.1, Fall 2006. Online Journal of CanDoSpirit Network, Inc.

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