Stanley H. Skreslet

F. S. Royster Professor of Christian Missions

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Phone: 804.278.4261

Location: Richmond

Department: History


Yale University, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, D.Min.

Lewis and Clark College, B.,A.



Stanley H. Skreslet returned to Union Presbyterian Seminary in 1997 after ten years of service on the faculty of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo through the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Previously, he taught at the College of Idaho, after having been Chaplain and Director of Church Relations for the College.  Skreslet’s scholarly interests are focused particularly on the field of missiology, but also include the history of Christianity, Islam, and Orthodox Christianity, especially as these latter topics relate to the Middle East.  He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and member of the Presbytery of the James.  He is the immediate past president of the American Society of Missiology and a former academic dean on the Richmond campus of UPSem.  His most recent book, Comprehending Mission, a comprehensive introduction to the field of missiology, was the first publication to receive the American Society of Missiology's annual book award. 

Link to site of International Association of Mission Studies


Books, Publications & Workshops

For a full list of Dr. Skreslet’s publications, use the link below to his current CV.

Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects of Missiology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012)

Picturing Christian Witness: New Testament Images of Disciples in Mission (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006)

Fundamentals of New Testament Greek (Cairo: Bible Society of Egypt, 1995; a textbook and beginning reference grammar in Arabic)

“Missiology and the IRM over a Century,” International Review of Mission 100 (2011): 160-180

“American Presbyterians and the Middle East,” in A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944-2007, ed. Scott W. Sunquist and Caroline N. Becker.  Louisville: Geneva Press, 2008

“History.”  Encyclopedia of Mission and Missionaries.  New York: Routledge, 2007

“Thinking Missiologically about the History of Mission,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 31 (2007): 59-65

“Configuring Missiology: Reading Classified Bibliographies as Disciplinary Maps,” Mission Studies 23 (2006): 171-201

“Doctoral Dissertations on Mission: Ten-Year Update, 1992-2001,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 27 (2003): 98-133


Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events

Christianity in the Qur'an

Christianity and Islam course, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, North Chesterfield, VA

"Edward Gibbon and the Science of Mission"

7 pm, Presidential Address at the American Society of Missiology, Annual Meeting
Coray Alumni Gym, Beamer Center, Wheaton University, Chicago, IL

Guest Preacher "Faith under Pressure" 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services

Guest Teacher "Christianity in Egypt" 9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA

Guest Speaker, "The Challenge of Islam and Christian Response"

for the Ethiopian Mission Network of the PCUSA annual meeting
Eastridge Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Courses Taught

History of Christianity (Reformation to the present); History of Christian Mission to 1910; Mission and Missiology since 1910; Mission and Missionaries in Film and Fiction; History of Christianity in Africa; Religion of Islam; Middle East Travel Seminar

Curriculum Vitae