William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Missions
University of Wisconsin at Madison, BS, MS and further graduate study in behavioral psychology; University of London, graduate study in theology; Graduate Theological Union, PhD
Frances S. Adeney joined the Seminary faculty in 1999. As a professor of evangelism and global mission, she specializes in issues of Christianity and culture, and more specifically, the place of religion in the social world and the implications for ethics in the interactions between religion and society. She believes that one issue facing the church and society today is mission.
"The church faces a critical need to move beyond divisive views of evangelism and mission and develop broad understandings that celebrate diversity – ethnic, cultural, theological and geographical."
From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Adeney served in a Presbyterian Church (USA.) mission assignment in Indonesia, where she served as a professor and as a national delegate for the 100 Years: World Parliament of Religions, held in conjunction with the Chicago World Parliament meeting.
Before coming to Louisville Seminary, Dr. Adeney held appointments at the University of Southern California, Satya Wacana Christian University in Indonesia, Jakarta Theological Seminary, and New College, Berkeley. She has been visiting professor at the Graduate Theological Union in California; St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minn.; Asia Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines; Fuller Seminary; and St. Edmund’s College of Cambridge University. During a recent sabbatical, she taught World Religions at Trinity Theological College in Singapore.
Her recent publications include Christianity Encountering World Religions (Baker, 2009) written with Dr. Terry Muck, which discusses the challenges of mission in a global context and present the church with ways to interact with other religions while affirming the centrality of the gospel to Christian faith. She has also published Christianity and Human Rights: Influences and Issues (SUNY Press, 2007), Christian Women in Indonesia: A Narrative Study Gender and Religion (Syracuse University Press, 2003), "Contextualizing Universal Values: A Method for Christian Mission" in International Bulletin of Mission Research (2007), and contributions to Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century edited by Dana Robert (Orbis, 2002) and Ethics and World Religions (Orbis, 1999).
Dr. Adeney received a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for 2012-2013 to do research on women doing mission theology.