Meet Our Scholars
Luisa Gallagher, Summer 2016
Luisa J. Gallagher teaches biblical studies and spiritual formation at George Fox University and George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Master degree in Educational Ministry from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and is a PhD candidate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The focus of Luisa’s scholarship and research is in the field of Christian spiritual formation and leadership. Engaging with both theory and praxis, Luisa worked for over ten years with undergraduate student leaders in areas such as camp ministry, service learning, and residence life. Her dissertation explores the interplay between Christian spiritual formation and leadership in the lives of undergraduate student leaders. She has upcoming publications in the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism, and in Missiology: An International Review. This summer Luisa will conduct new research on a spiritual formation model based on the work of John Wesley and the Wesleyan quadrilateral.
Sarita Gallagher, Summer 2016
Sarita D. Gallagher is Associate Professor of Religion at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. In addition to her work in biblical theology of mission, her research interests also include Melanesian mission history, intercultural studies, and world Christianity. Gallagher is the author of Abrahamic Blessing: A Missiological Narrative of Revival in Papua New Guinea (2014). Her articles have appeared in Mission Studies, Evangelical Missiological Society Occasional Bulletin, International Journal of Pentecostal Missiology, Mission Frontiers, and The Encyclopedia of Christian Education.
Gallagher served as a missionary with CRC Churches International in Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has taught intercultural studies both in the United States and abroad at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, Tabor College in Adelaide, Australia, Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and the World Missions Faith Training School in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
While at the Wesleyan Center, Gallagher will be working on her current book project, a missiological commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel for the Polis Commentary Series (Urban Loft, 2017). Gallagher will also be working on an essay titled “God among the Philistines: Revelation and Transformation in 1 Samuel 4-7” which will be presented at the upcoming International Association for Mission Studies conference in Seoul, South Korea in August 2016.