Adjunct Professor of Cultural Contexts
Ministerial and Professional Background
Elizabeth believes that all churches should cultivate what
she calls “border-crossing disciplines,” helping their congregations and
communities to experience the missional, spiritual, personal, and
organizational benefits of interacting honorably with others across sociocultural
boundaries. Attentive to the cross-cultural dynamics that help or hinder effective
partnerships, she enjoys facilitating effective border-crossing ministry that
delights God and honors people, who are made in his image.
Since their marriage in 1992, Elizabeth and her husband,
Scott, have lived in South Carolina, Hungary, Los Angeles County, and the DC
metro area. With their four fabulous sons, they love taking long road-trips, serving
at a culturally-diverse church, supporting the work of World Hope International,
strolling through the nation’s capital (sometimes with roller-blades), cheering
at youth sporting events, and munching popcorn together on the couch with a
Before serving in three multiethnic churches, Elizabeth
lived overseas, directed Central Europe programs for an international
educational services ministry, and trained hundreds of overseas workers. Called
to help the church engage well in intercultural ministry, she has prepared for
ordination in The Wesleyan Church, served liberally in hands-on local-church
ministry, and participated in broader ministry networks through research,
writing, teaching, speaking, and coaching.
1993 B.A., Southern Wesleyan University
2000 M.A., University of South Carolina
2014 Ph.D., Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola
University. Dissertation proposes Sustainable Cultural Concern as refinement to
cultural intelligence theory through study of how evangelical university
students navigate unfamiliar people, environments, and ideas.
2014 Ministerial credential in process, Chesapeake District,
The Wesleyan Church.
May, 2014. Beauty, Botox, and God’s Big Story. United
Wesleyan Church, Alexandria, VA.
April, 2014. Faith: Living Like God Is with Us. United
Wesleyan Church, Alexandria, VA.
November, 2013. Biblical, Cultural, or Personal? The 2013
conference of Mosaix Global Network, Long Beach, CA.
October, 2013. The More Excellent Way in Multiethnic Church
Turnaround. The Turnaround 20/20 conference
of the Society of Church Consulting and the Great Commission Research Network, Nashville,
October 17, 2013. Interview by Jessica Martinez. “Pastors
need to be open to change for ethnically diverse congregations to thrive, say
multicultural ministry leaders.” The
October 2013. The
Exchange with Ed Stetzer. Broadcast panel discussion with Mark DeYmaz and
DJ Chang about multiethnic ministry. Lifeway.
2011. Reframing the Pastor: Leadership Breakdown in a
Chinese Immigrant Congregation. Unpublished study for Cross Cultural Leadership
and Followership course, Biola University.
2011. Leading the Multiethnic Church: Help from New
Metaphors and The Leadership Challenge.
Great Commission Research Journal, 2(2).
2010. Leadership Transfer Awakens Dormant Dilemmas in a Multiethnic
Church. Great Commission Research Journal,
2(1), 86-102. Summer issue.
2010. The Power’s Low, and It’s All My Fault: Demonology and
Wesleyan Guilt. Unpublished study for Cross-Cultural Issues in Spiritual
Conflict course, Biola University.
2010. Presence, Action, and Distance: Relating Christ (and
HSLDA) to Culture. Unpublished paper for Theology of Culture course, Biola