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Dr. Ott occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission, which was established to link the mission agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice. His particular fields of expertise include theology of mission, contextualization, and church planting. He formerly served twenty-one years in Germany with ReachGlobal (formerly the EFCA International Mission). He has planted churches in Schaumburg, Illinois, and in Munich, Ingolstadt, Neumarkt, and Markt Indersdorf, Germany. From 1995 to 2002 Dr. Ott served as Central Europe Church Planting Consultant for ReachGlobal, and from 1998 to 2002 he taught at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal, Germany, where he continues to teach regularly as an adjunct professor. He has also served since 1994 as adjunct faculty at Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach (Germany). He has taught or consulted national and mission leaders in forty different countries. Dr. Ott and his wife Alice live in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and have three grown sons. His hobbies include bicycling, film, and guitar.

Selected Publications

  • The Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation (Baker Academic 2016), editor
  • Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (William Carey 2013), coeditor
  • Global Church Planting (Baker Academic 2011), coauthor
  • Encountering Theology of Mission (Baker Academic 2010), coauthor
  • Globalizing Theology (Baker Academic 2006), coeditor

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Three of Dr. Ott’s books have been voted by International Bulletin of Mission Research as among the top ten or fifteen most significant mission books in their publication year. Two of his articles are among the top ten most read articles in the journal Missiology.

American Society of Missiology
Evangelical Missiological Society
Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship (secretary)

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