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Rodney H. Orr

Dean of DTS–DC and Associate Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

BS, Purdue University, 1977; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1990; PhD, University of Edinburgh, 1998; Hon. D.D., Carver College, 2018.

Dr. Orr spent his formative years in Ethiopia and Germany. He served with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 34 years, 17 of which were overseas. Dr. Orr taught at the Nairobi International School of Theology in Kenya and, serving as executive director, helped build Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA), a graduate school in Zimbabwe. While stateside, his ministry focused on Yale University and United Nations diplomats in New York City. Dr. Orr is married to Enid and they have 10 children and 2 grandchildren.

Courses Taught

  • WM5101 - Introduction to World Missions
  • WM5210 - Intercultural Communication
  • WM5215 - Dynamics of Missionary Development
  • WM5325 - Ministry in Multicultural America
  • WM5525 - Spiritual Warfare
  • WM5530 - Cross-cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism


Academic Interests

Missions history
Teaching Cross-cultural leadership development andCross-cultural theological education
Missions in African contexts

Personal Interests

listening to music
family outings


DTS Voice Videos

The Harvest is Plentiful
Student Perspectives On The DTS Community
The Energizing Power of Prayer
Living Intentionally with Others
God is Faithful to Keep His Promises
A Faithful Doorkeeper
The Instructing Power of Grace
The Thrill of Seeing God Work

DTS Voice Articles

Journal Articles

  • "Knowing the Incomprehensible God." VERITAS (1). 1992. 1-2.