Bonnie Sue Lewis

 Bonnie Sue Lewis
Address2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001

Associate Professor of Mission and Native American Christianity, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

B.A., Whitworth College,
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., University of Washington,

A church not in mission fails to be the church. God calls and God sends the whole church into the whole world that all may know, in the words of the Psalmist, of his ’unfailing love’ and ’full redemption’ through Jesus Christ. To be the church is to know and respond to the call of God. To be in mission begins with knowing the heart of God, with learning to listen to the voice of God. God calls the church to mission: to work and worship with and among diverse peoples who are also called and sent by God to bring the Good News to the people of God’s heart. We must strengthen and equip pastors in their faith so that they and their congregations can hear God’s voice, love one another, and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world.”

A native of California, Bonnie Sue Lewis began her career as a high school history teacher at the Inter-American School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in 1976. She went on to teach in California in the 1980s and the University of Washington during the 1990s. A scholar of Native American Christian history, her interest and involvement in the American Indian community began with her doctoral research on Native American pastors of the Presbyterian Church. She is advisor to the Native American Program at UDTS. Dr. Lewis is author of Creating Christian Indians: Native Clergy in the Presbyterian Church, a study of the ways Nez Perce and Dakota pastors and their congregations forged Native Christian communities in the Presbyterian Church. She is also co-editor of Mission in a Global Context, a collection of autobiographical sketches by Presbyterian professors of mission.

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