Christopher L. Flanders


Associate Professor of Missions
B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.S., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary


ACU Box 29441
Abilene, TX 79699

Chris is married to Cara (Duvall) who works as a supervisor in ACU's MMFT program and a therapist in the ACU Counseling Center. Their two children, Autumn and Ethan (both born while they were serving in Thailand) are a huge part of their lives. He has always conceived of himself as someone who participates fully in God's mission in the world and helps others intentionally connect with that mission. He spent 11 years doing just that in Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai) where he worked with established churches and also helped plant several new churches. This passion continues here at ACU as he walks alongside students, equipping and mentoring them so that they leave more centered in the missio Dei and more aware of their unique giftedness that will allow them to participate in that mission fully. He continually works toward integrating theology and missiology so that the theological and missional formation he offers students is rich and challenging. Chris also directs the Halbert Institute for Missions, ACU's center for mission training. 

As for academic interests, he continues to pursue the topics he raised in his dissertation, which include the areas of Face and Facework Theory and the anthropology of social honor and shame. He also finds the area of socio-cultural study of the Bible of great interest. Concerned with the proclamation and instantiation of the gospel in communities of faith, he focuses on areas related to soteriology and theories of atonement. Additionally, he is continually drawn to Stone-Campbell mission history, particularly the many "untold" stories that demand a telling.  Chris is the the advisor for the MA in Global Service and the MDiv/Missions track. Please feel free to reach him at or visit him on Facebook or Twitter.


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