Richard L. Starcher

  • Professor of Intercultural Education & Missiology
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • D.Min., Carey Theological College
  • D.E.A., Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., Biola College

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Richard Starcher served as a pastor in rural Nebraska and as a missionary in Africa for 20 years. He taught at the Goyongo Bible Institute in Zaire, at the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology in the Central African Republic and at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya where he also served as Dean of Extension Studies. He continues to teach and serve as an educational consultant in Africa. He is particularly interested in research methods and in exploring models for equipping leaders for the majority world Church. He also edits Missiology: An International Review, the official journal of the American Society of Missiology.


  • American Society of Missiology
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Evangelical Free Church Ministerial Association
  • ReachGlobal
  • International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education
  • United States Distance Learning Association



  • Starcher, Richard L. (2010). Africans in pursuit of a theology doctoral: Doctoral program design in a non-Western context. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Starcher, Richard L., & Anguandia, Enosh A. (2008). Textbooks for theological education in Africa: An annotated bibliography. Bukuru, Plateau State, Nigeria: ACTS.


  • “Six things to know before you go.” With Kimberly F. Snider. Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • “How higher education in the U.S. can inform missions’ diversification efforts.” Mission Studies.
  • “How (not) to collaborate with a majority world church.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • “Cultivating intercultural leaders.” With Kyung Kyu Kim. International Journal of Leadership Studies.
  • “Intergenerational church splits.” With Eunice Hong. Great Commission Research Journal.
  • “Qualitative research in missiological studies and practice.” Dharma Deepika.
  • “Fostering an epistemology of doubt in a context of faith: Applying the Perry scheme to Christian higher education.” Journal of Faith and the Academy.
  • “Confronting the AIDS crisis in Africa.” With Feli N. Katho. Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • “Assessing for quality.” ACTEA Forum 6.
  • “An African seminary goes online.” Lausanne World Pulse.
  • “The new global system: Lessons for institutions of Christian higher education.” Christian Education Journal.
  • “Stakeholders' perceptions of institutional readiness to offer doctoral programs: A case study.” Christian Higher Education.
  • “A really useful theological doctorate for Africa.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • “Development: A term in need of transformation.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
  • “The role of African graduates of theological doctoral programs.” With Sheldon L. Stick. Christian Higher Education.
  • “Designing a contextualized theological doctorate in and for Africa.” Common Ground Journal.
  • “Higher education finance as relevance of administrative tension.” With Sheldon L. Stick. International Journal of Private Higher Education.
  • “A non-Western doctoral program in theology for Africans in Africa.” Christian Higher Education.
  • “Summary Report of BEST/NEGST Consultation 2004.” ACTEA Forum.
  • “African students in theological doctoral programs in Christian institutions of higher learning.” Christian Higher Education.
  • “Preliminary considerations on theological doctoral program design in a non-Western context.” With Sheldon L. Stick. Christian Higher Education.
  • “Rebels, relief and reconstruction.” Beacon.
  • “Evangelism and disengagement in Zaire.” Beacon.
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