At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Sarita Edwards

Sarita Edwards, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies


Office: Hoover 235

PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
BA, Wheaton College

Teaching and Research Interests: Biblical theology of mission; the Abrahamic blessing motif in Scripture; Melanesian and indigenous mission history; cross-cultural communication in mission; world religions; current issues and trends in mission

Sarita (Gallagher) Edwards joined the Department of Religious Studies in 2010. Before coming to George Fox University, Sarita taught courses in missiology, biblical studies, intercultural communication, and anthropology at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California, 2006–10), the World Missions Faith Training School (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2004–05) and Tabor College (Adelaide, Australia, 2003).

Sarita also taught courses in English as a Second Language at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia, 2003, 2005), and World Relief International (Wheaton, Illinois, 2002). Sarita has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Oceania and Asia, and served on the mission field with CRC Churches International in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and Adelaide, Australia.

Sarita’s dissertation, Abrahamic Blessing: A Missiological Narrative of Revival in Papua New Guinea, was published in 2014 by Pickwick (Wipf and Stock). More recent publications include 1 and 2 Samuel (The Polis Commentary Series, Old Testament, Volume 6, with Robert L. Gallagher; contracted, Winter 2017). In addition, she has authored a number of chapters and articles, including "Blessing as Transformation" (Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 2009), "Is Jesus a Pluralist?" (The SEMI, 2009) and "Restrictions: When Your Faith Is Tested" (Women Crossing Borders, 2006). She also published an article,  "In the Times of Elijah and Elisha: The Universal Mission of God in the Narratives of the Sidonian Widow and Naaman the Aramean," in the International Journal of Pentecostal Missiology 2 (2014)

Sarita is a member of the International Association for Mission Studies, the American Society of Missiology, the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Association of Professors of Missions, and is a frequent conference presenter.