Dr. Steven J. Ybarrola

Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of Mission and Ministry

Dr. Steven Ybarrola is professor of Cultural Anthropology in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism.

He received a B.A. from Bethel University, 1985; and a M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1995) from Brown University.

Prior to coming to Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Ybarrola served in the Frank and Grace Moore Chair in Anthropology at Central College. In 2003, he was the first social scientist to be an invited Foreign Expert at Ningxia University in Yinchuan, China. In 1996, Dr. Ybarrola was invited by the United States Information Agency to participate in a conference in Estonia dealing with inter-ethnic conflict. In 2010, he was elected the United States Representative for the Lausanne North America Diaspora Missiology Educators Forum by representatives of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, the Filipino International Network, and the Evangelical Missiological Society. In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Missiology (ASM).

Dr. Ybarrola is a member of the Faculty Committee, and has served on the planning committee for, and participated, in Kingdom Conference in 2006-2013. He leads cross-cultural training seminars with various organizations and speaks on issues of cross-cultural ministry in diverse venues.

While at Central College, Dr. Ybarrola earned many awards and distinctions, including: the Huffman Award for Outstanding Support of International Education, 1996 and 2006; the Fabulous Faculty Award (1997-1998; 1998-1999); and the Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching (1994-1995).

Dr. Ybarrola and his wife, Lorie, attend First Alliance Church. They have two adult children.

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