Posted by: Titus Presler | November 5, 2009

Annual Presler Mission Lecture at Louisville features tandem lecturers

“The New Mission Worker” and “The New Mission” were the themes of the two lectures that constituted the fourth annual Henry and Marion Lecture on Christian World Mission and the George and Jean Edwards Lecture on Peacemaking on Oct. 22 at Louisville Seminary in Kentucky.

While the lectureships stem from separate endowments, the complementary themes, the married relation of this year’s lecturers, and the fact they recently published a missiological book together on mission and world religions brought them into tandem this year.

“The New Mission Worker” was the evening theme of Dr. Frances S. Adeney, the William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Missions at Louisville Seminary.  “The New Mission” was the morning theme of Dr. Terry C. Muck, Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism and Professor of Missions and World Religions at Asbury Theological Seminary.   Together they have published Christianity Encountering World Religions: The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009). Strictly speaking, Adeney was the Presler Lecturer  and Muck the Edwards Lecturer.

The lectures in Caldwell Chapel drew about fifty hearers from the seminary community and beyond.  Presler family members present for the lectures this year were Mrs. Marianna Presler McJimsey of Colorado Springs, Dr. Franklin Presler of Kalamazoo, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler of White Plains, N.Y.  As always, the seminary community was most hospitable, with VP for Seminary Relations Dale Melton making the event truly memorable.  For more on the senior Preslers and the lectureship, simply google Presler Mission Legacy.   

The lectures were interesting and informative for Muck’s discussion of the cycling of paradigms of mission and Adeney’s discussion of the practical process by which a missionary ideally proceeds through what she terms the Spiral of Knowledge Acquisition.   See separate blog postings below on each lecture.

The Presler Mission Lecture was inaugurated in 2006 with an address. “The Great Commission and Global Christianity in the 21st Century,” by Dr. Dana Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at Boston University School of Theology, from which Henry H. Presler received his S.T.B. degree in 1936 after transferring from Louisville Seminary as he shifted denominational membership from the Presbyterian Church to the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Dana Robert was also dissertation adviser to Titus Presler for the Th.D. degree in mission and New Testament he received from Boston in 1995.

2007 lecturer was Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary, on the theme, “Mission Impossible? Faith at the Crossroad of People and Religion.”  The  2008 lecturer was the Rev. Alice Winters, who spoke on the theme “Goels for Colombia,” from the perspective of her 30 years of accompaniment mission with the suffering people of Colombia, where she was Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages in the School of Theology of the Reformed University of Colombia.  Goel is a Hebrew word for “kin,” which Winters used to highlight the importance of ministering as committed companions in mission.



  1. Dear Rev Titus
    Could you send me the paper on Theology and Development. My email address is or
    Fr Enoch Opuka

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