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Dr. Susan Greener

Susan Greener, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

On Faculty since 2011
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Dr. Susan Greener has invested in work and research with children-at-risk for over two decades in universities and Christian non-governmental organizations. She has served in global development work as a programming leader for Mission of Mercy and Compassion International, working with children and youth living in extreme poverty in more than 30 nations. She is currently serving as the Catalyst for the Children-at-Risk Issue Group for the Lausanne Movement. She has also served in the academy as a researcher in emotional intelligence and health behavior at Yale University, an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of an Early Head Start program while at Berry College, and a Dean of Students for Trinity Evangelical Divinity and Graduate Schools.

She is passionate about resourcing the church to engage in transformational and holistic ministry, particularly with children and families in difficult circumstances. Dr. Susan Greener has been married to Jay, rector of Church of the Redeemer in Highland Park, since 1981 and has three grown children and two daughters-in-law (Jonathan, Emily, Caitlin, and Nicholas) and three grandsons (Owen, Jude, and Silas). When not working, she can usually be found with her nose in a novel, solving a crossword puzzle, spending time with her family, playing with pets or small children, or laughing with friends.

University of Illinois
Ph.D., Human & Community Development, 1998

University of Illinois
M.S., Human & Community Development, 1992

Blackburn College
B.A., Psychology, 1985

  • Integration of sound social science with theology for maximum holistic ministry impact
  • Equipping educational persons working with children-at-risk
  • Global issues facing children-at-risk
  • Global conceptualizations of human development/childhood/family
  • Child theology/spirituality (especially in areas of suffering and risk)
  • Evangelical Missions Society
  • Christian Community Development Association
  • VIVA Network for Children-at-Risk
  • American Society of Missiology
  • International Association of Mission Studies
  • Micah Network

Lausanne Statement on Children-at-Risk: An Integral Mission Response to the Cape Town Commitment Mandate to Take Children Seriously in Mission (Paper Presented in Absentia)
International Association of Mission Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Should We Stop Using the Word 'Mission'? (Panelist/Presenter)
World Mission Institute: Association of Chicago Theological Schools, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL.

Presenter
Training Workshop on Multicultural Communication for Urban Life Skills, Little Village, Chicago, IL.

The Lausanne declaration on Children-at-Risk: Communicating a Necessary Corrective to Ageism in Holistic Mission
Controversies in Mission, Evangelical Missiological Society, North Central Regional Conference, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Other Love (Presenter)
Justice Conference, Chicago, IL

Program Planning Team Member
Lausanne Consultation on Children-at-Risk, Quito, Ecuador

  • INTR 536: Theology of Development in Global Perspective
  • INTR 552: Perspectives on Gender and Leadership in Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • INTR 561: Intercultural Communication
  • INTR 572: Cross-Cultural Research Methods
  • INTR 621A: Principles of Community Development
  • INTR 621: Transformational Development
  • INTR 622: Cross-Cultural Human Development
  • INTR 623: Families in International Settings
  • INTR 624: Mission to Children and Youth-at-Risk
  • INTR 691: Intercultural Studies Departmental Forum
  • Integration of sound social science with theology for maximum holistic ministry impact.
  • Equipping educational persons working with children-at-risk
  • Global issues facing children-at-risk
  • Global conceptualizations of human development/childhood/family
  • Child theology/spirituality (especially in areas of suffering and risk)

Whose Childhood? Global Experiences of Children-at-Risk and Spiritual Formation, Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today's Children
Greener, S.H., 2014

Raising Samuel: Releasing Children to Discover God’s Purpose, Children and Youth as Partners in Mission: A Compendium of Papers
Greener, S.H., 2013

Children-at-Risk and the Whole Gospel: Integral Gospel: Integral Mission 'To, For, and With' Vulnerable Agents of God, Transformation
Greener, S.H., 2016

Introductory Editorial for Transformation Special Issue on Children at Risk, Transformation
Greener, S.H. & Prevette, B., 2016

Book Review: The Missionary Family: Witness, Concerns, Care, EMQ
Greener, S.H., 2015