Kirk A. VanGilder, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Practical Theology and Mission Studies, Boston University, 2011
  • M. Div., Masters of Divinity, Iliff School of Theology, 1997
  • B.S., Sociology, Ball State University, 1993
Short Biography

Kirk VanGilder, Ph.D., was born hard of hearing before losing more hearing in late adolescence and transitioning into the Deaf world.  He is an ordained United Methodist clergyperson and has served as a minister in Deaf churches in Baltimore and Pasadena, MD as well as campus minister to Gallaudet University from 1997-2002.  Kirk has also traveled to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Turkey to work with Deaf community development and support.  His dissertation is entitled, "Making Sadza With Deaf Zimbabwean Women: A Missiological Reorientation of Practical Theological Method Toward Self-Theologizing Agency Among Subaltern Communities."  Kirk hopes to continue his travels and research in other countries as well as present his findings and experiences to a wide variety of scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.


Practical theology, missiology, global Christianity, Deaf theologies, theologies of liberation, cross-cultural theologies, theological methodologies

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