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James R. Krabill

James R. Krabill is senior executive for Global Ministries at Mennonite Mission Network in Elkhart, Indiana. For fourteen years he served in West Africa, primarily the Ivory Coast, as a Bible and church history teacher among African Initiated Churches (AICs) in various village settings, Bible institutes and theological faculties. For eight of those years he lived and worked with members of the Harrist Church among Ivory Coast’s Dida people— collecting, recording, transcribing, and publishing over 500 original Harrist hymns for use in literacy and music training. Many of these hymns appeared in his published PhD thesis, The Hymnody of the Harrist Church (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1995). James is a frequent speaker in various church and academic settings across the United States and has lectured or taught courses in over a dozen countries. He holds memberships in the African Studies Association, the Association of Anabaptist Missiologists, the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (board of trustees), the Association of Mission Professors (president, 2009–10), and the American Society of Missiology (current chair of Scholarly Monograph Series). Krabill is the editor of Missio Dei (a quarterly missiological journal) and has authored or edited numerous other books and articles, including, “Scripture Use in AIC Hymnody,” in Afro-Christian Religion at the Grassroots in Southern Africa (1991), 293-331; Nos racines racontées (1996); Anabaptism and Mission: A Bibliography, 1859-2000, with Chad Mullet Bauman (2002); “Eine Theologie der Mission für heute,” in Mission im Zeichen des Friedens (2003), 183–95; Anabaptists Meeting Muslims, with David Shenk and Linford Stutzman (2005); Is It Insensitive to Share Your Faith? (2005); Evangelical, Ecumenical and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation, with Walter Sawatsky and Charles van Engen (2006); Even the Demons Submit: Continuing Jesus’ Ministry of Deliverance, with Loren Johns (2006); Music in the Life of the African Church with Roberta King (lead author), Jean Kidula and Thomas Oduro (2008); Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century, with David W. Shenk (2009); Mission from the Margins (2010); and Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom, with Stuart Murray Williams (2011). Krabill is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, IN. He and his wife, Jeanette, have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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