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Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Priest served nine years as a professor at Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions. He has served in a variety of ministries, including the roles of youth director and assistant pastor. Born to career missionaries, he was raised in Bolivia and eventually returned to South America, conducting nearly two years of anthropological field research among the Aguaruna of Peru, focusing both on traditional religion and on conversion to Christianity.

Dr. Priest’s research interests have focused on race and ethnicity, short-term missions, moral discourse, witchcraft, preaching and culture, money and missions, religious conversion, and anthropology of religion. At Trinity he has worked closely with PhD students in Intercultural Studies, and has supervised more than 30 PhD dissertations in the last decade. He serves as vice president on the boards of both the American Society of Missiology and the Evangelical Missiological Society.

Selected Publications

“Missionary Positions: Christian, Modernist, Postmodernist,” Current Anthropology 42 (2001): 29-68.

This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith (Oxford UP, 2007), coedited with Alvaro Nieves.

Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right! (William Carey, 2008), editor.

“U.S. Megachurches and New Patterns of Global Mission,” IBMR 34: 97-104.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

2002 Recipient of the “Understanding Award” in Urban Intercultural Mission, by the EFCA

2002-2012 regional Vice President of the Evangelical Missiological Society

2004 funded participant in NEH summer seminar at Cambridge University

2011-2012 Second Vice President of the American Society of Missiology

2012-2013 First Vice President of the American Society of Missiology

Between 2000 and 2012 successfully applied for, and supervised, several collaborative research projects totaling over $300,000 – received from ATS, the Wabash Center, The Louisville Institute, and the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding.


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