John Easterling

Professor of Intercultural Studies

John Easterling

John Easterling has been teaching at University Northwestern – St. Paul since the fall of 1988. Prior to Northwestern, his experiences and titles include Youth Director, Assistant Children’s Pastor, Associate Pastor, and church planter with World Venture in France for 10 years. He has taught overseas in multiple locations spanning from the UK, to China, to South Africa.


D.Miss. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Diplomè University of Paris IV (Sorbonne)
Diploma Toronto Institute of Linguistics
D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary
M.Div. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A. Baylor University

Ministry Background

Calvary Baptist Church of Roseville
Adult Teacher

First Baptist Church of Minneapolis
Former Deacon
Missions Committee
Adult Teacher

Missionary- Church planting in France with CBFMS (Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society known today as World Venture)

Pastorate - First Baptist Church of Gila Bend, Arizona

Youth and Children's Ministries in churches in California -- Fairview Heights Baptist Church of Inglewood, Massachusetts, First Baptist Church of Manchester, North Shore Baptist Church of West Peabody, and Texas -- Columbus Avenue Baptist Church of Waco

1972 and 1973
Summer Minister at a Christian ministry in the National Parks in Alaska and Washington State.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Missiology
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Next Step
  • Great Commission Research Network

Professional Accomplishments


  • Teaching Missions and participating in conferences overseas, Pac Rim Christian College, Honolulu, HI 2010, 2011
  • Alliance for Vulnerable Mission Andover, UK, 2009
  • Bible Institute of Hawaii, 2008
  • Hawaii Theological Seminary, Aiea, Hawaii 2007, 2008
  • University of Callao, Peru (Teaching English with UNW students) 2004
  • International College of Bible & Missions (Johannesburg, South Africa) 2002, 2008
  • Lausanne Researchers Conferences, UK, 1997 & Chaing Mai, Thailand 2001
  • Jerusalem Institute of Biblical Studies (Bible Teacher) 1996, 2000
  • Beijing Institute of Technology (Lecturer in Ethics & Worldview), 1996


  • Book Review “Missiology”  Encylopedia of Hindusim – released by Brill                     
  • Presentation:   “William Carey and William Cameron Townsend – their lives, wives & ministries, Deerfield, IL                                                                                                                                     
  • Book Review “Missiology” Bligh:  William Bligh in the South Seas by Anne Salmond
  • Book Review “Missiology” The Early Religious History of France: An Introduction for Church Planters and Missionaries by David Dunaetz                                                                                  
  • Book Review “Missiology” Lottie Moon by Regina Sullivan                             
  • Book Review “Missiology” Why Business Matters to God by Jeff VanDuzer
  • Article "Incarnational Ministry Norwegian Settler’s Church in S Africa." Great Commission Research Journal
  • Book Review “Missiology” Missionaries in Hawai’i:  The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick, by Clifford Putney
  • Book Review “Missiology” Transcendent In Ameica by Lola Williamson                                                           
  • Book Review “Missiology” Into Deep Waters, Evangelical Spirituality Maritime Calvinstic Baptist Miinisters  
  • Book Review “Missiology” Indian and Indianess of Christianity by Richard Fox                                                 
  • Book Review “Missiology” Christianity in Action: The international History of the Salvation Army                   
  • Book Review “Missiology” Native Cristians by Aparecida Vilaca & Robin M Wright                                         
  • Book Review “Missiology” Pathways in Christian Music Communication by Roberta King             
  • Book Review “Missiology” Reshaping the Holy by Elora Shehabuddin 
  • Book Review "The Making of a Local Church" by Franciso Claver Evangelical Missions Quarterly
  • Book Review “Missiology” A New Vision for Missions by William Lawrence Svelmoe
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Cults, compiled by Stephen Rost, Editor. Contributing Editor with seven articles: Paul Twitchell (founder of Eckankar), Rosicrucian, Telestial Kingdom (LDS), Terrestrial Kingdom (LDS), The Way Corps, The Way International Victor Wierville,  
  • Book Review “JETS” The Promise-Plan of God by Walter Kaiser 
  • Book Review “Missiology” William Wilberforce, A Biography by Stephen Tomkins                                     
  • Contemporary Religious Movements – Worked with Northwestern College’s Distance Education version of the course including lectures accompanying Power Point Slides on CDs to accompany the course.       
  • Book Review “Missiology” Good News from the Barrio by Harold J Recinos
  • Book Review, “Missiology” The Will to Arise: Theological and Political Themes in African Christianity and the Renewal of Faith and Identity by Oluremi Caleb Oladipo
  • Book Review “Missiology” Introduction to Apologetics: James: Taylor
  • Book Review  "Holy People, Holy Land" by Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering Journal of Evangelical Theology                              
  • Book Review “Missiology” The Spiritual Revolution by Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead
  • Book Review "A Guide to New Religious Movements" by Ronald Enroth Evangelical Missions Quarterly
  • Book Review “Missiology” Charis and Charisma by David Yonggi Cho and the Growth of the Yoido Full Gospel Church
  • Book Review “Missiology” Developing a Biblical Worldview in a Culture of Myths
  • Book Review “Missiology” Building Credible Multicultural Teams
  • Book Review "The Quest for Freedom & Dignity October" Evangelical Missions Quarterly                       
  • Book Review "Overcoming World Missions Crisis" Evangelical Missions Quarterly                
  • The Cross-cultural Ministries Internship at NWC EMS Regional, Wheaton, IL                                       
  • Urbana and Recruitment of the Next Generation of Missionaries EFMA/IFMA Personnel Orlando             
  • Book Review “Missiology” Stiles Guide to Short Terms (IVP)                               
  • The Urbana Factor.  Lausaune Researchers Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand                   
  • A Manual for Planning the Cross-cultural Ministries Internship at Northwestern College.  This is a departmental publication for aiding faculty and staff in the preparation, execution, and evaluation of  the overseas Cross-cultural Ministries Internship.
  • Introduction to Sociology:  A Teaching Manual for the Pathway Project of Northwestern College. This is an intensive course of four hours per week for six weeks for older adults in the degree completion program.          
  • Introduction to Anthropology:  A Teaching Manual for the Pathway Project of Northwestern College.  This is an intensive course of four hours per week over five weeks for older adults in the degree completion program.   
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Missiology  Scott Moreau, Editor.  Baker, Contributing Editor with ten articles:  Ambassador of God Anderson, John Casalis, Eugene Coillard, Francois France Deputatation Fund Raising Furlough Martin of Tours Morale
  • Training the Next Generation of Missionaries Evangelical Missiological Society St Louis                                  
  • Book Review “Missiology” Unfamiliar Paths by W.M. Carey   
  • Spiritual Warfare and Penetration of the Secular West: France A Case Study Evangelical Missiological Society, Chicago
  • Divergent Fundamentalism: A case study of First Baptist Church and Fourth Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota over 125 years Midwest Sociological Society, St Louis                                                 
  • The Hmong, a people and their Adaptation to Life in the Twin Cities Midwestern Sociological Society, St Louis
  • Bridging the Generation Gap in Missions Evangelical Missiological Society, Kansas City                                
  • The Recruitment of Missions Majors on the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels Evangelical Missiological Society, St Paul


Favorite Authors/Writings

The works of Adrian Plass
The writings of the late P. G. Wodehouse
It's Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings by Bob Jackson


Married to Kathleen Ellen Comly
Two daughters: Sarah Elizabeth (1979) of Roseville, Minn., and Miriam Helen (1981) of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
One grandson

Life Verse

"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

Contact Information

Phone: 651-631-5193