Duane Elmer

Duane Elmer

Duane Elmer, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Educational Ministries


Diploma, Moody Bible Institute

BA, Michigan State University

MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

MA, PhD, Michigan State University


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  • delmer@tiu.edu

Dr. Elmer has been an educator for over forty years, including five years in South Africa. Most recently he held the Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Education at Wheaton College. He has been a cultural diversity trainer and consultant for many Fortune 500 companies, as well as numerous Christian organizations, and has taught and/or traveled in more than eighty countries.

Dr. Elmer’s areas of expertise include issues in international theological education, peace and reconciliation ministry, preparation for intercultural ministry and interpersonal relationship skills. He has been a trainer and consultant to numerous multinational organizations including Amoco. Ford Motor Company, Delco Electronics, World Relief, World Vision, Salvation Army, Red Cross, General Motors and various churches and mission agencies.

Selected Publications

His extensive travel and ministry experience contributed to Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry. He co-edited With an Eye on the Future: Development and Mission in the Twenty-First Century, and authored Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting in Around the World and Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility. His “Cross-Cultural” series are widely used by mission agencies as required training texts and have been translated into Chinese, Korean and Spanish.  He has contributed over 40 publications in books and journals.