Proclaiming Christ Across Cultures: Spotlight on Dr. Karen Scott, new Adjunct Faculty

ILT is happy to have Dr. Scott teaching Intercultural Competencies for us this Spring in the new Missions Certificate which we unveiled earlier this year. Karen and Pat Lelvis worked from the World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) side in developing our collaborative venture with WMPL which we hope many people will take advantage of in better serving our Lord across cultures, both in missionary training and working with immigrants to the U.S.

Dr. Karen and and her husband Ed Scott most recently served as Missionaries-in-Residence from 2013 through the 2015/2016 academic year at Trinity Lutheran College (formerly Luther Bible Institute) in Everett, Washington. Karen taught courses in the Intercultural Studies program, bringing to the classroom her 40 years of experience as a missionary based in Bangladesh.

Karen served with her family (husband and six children) at the LAMB Project (Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh) from 1973 - 1993 with the World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) of Minneapolis, MN. Ed and Karen then served from 1994 – 2001 with the ELCA-DGM as co-developers of Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh (LHCB), a health and community development project which focuses on meeting the physical, economical, and spiritual needs of rural Bangladeshi women and their families. It was during this time Karen discovered the joy of participatory learning through facilitating holistic training with rural Bangladeshi women, including the area of savings-based micro-credit and biblical values in the marketplace. From 2004 – 2013, Karen was responsible for compiling materials for training biblical values in the marketplace through Bengal Creative Media, with her husband and son.

Working in the area of international community development sparked anew her desire for further education. Attending Fuller Theological Seminary where she completed both her Master's and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, has been a major delight of her life. She believes that her Ph.D dissertation, The Influence of Savings-based Micro-credit on the Status and Role of Rural Bangladesh Women,” should be used as a paradigm for discipleship. Karen enjoys family gatherings and extensive travel with her husband as they discover more of God’s world and meet his people. Ed and Karen continue to serve WMPL as Associate Missionaries.

Karen has had the privilege of teaching in Bangladesh (Christian College of Theology, Bangladesh), India, Malaysia and the Philippines. She looks forward to continuing to use her gifts of teaching.

Karen is scheduled to teach Intercultural Competencies as part of the Mission Study Certificate course at ILT in the Spring 2018 semester. This course introduces the biblical basis, tools and skills for cultural competency. Participants will be better equipped for effective intercultural living, education, teamwork, and conflict resolution. With contributions from anthropologists, communication specialists, and ministry practitioners, the relationship of the Gospel and culture is considered. Karen is passionate about the need for all pastors, congregants, and prospective missionaries, to have cross-cultural communication skills; authentic relationships in Jesus’ name depend on this. She reminds us to look at the world around us and to meet and welcome the visitor in our midst.

Adjunct Faculty-- Intercultural Studies


Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught:

Church in Society; Women in Islam; Intercultural Competencies; Perspectives on Urban Ministry; Intercultural Outreach; Dynamics of the Global Christian Movement; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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