Craig Ott

Craig Ott

Craig Ott, PhD

Chair of the Mission and Evangelism Department
Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies
ReachGlobal Chair of Mission


BA, California State University, Long Beach

MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Ott came to Trinity in 2002 to occupy the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission, which was established to better link the missions agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice. His particular fields of expertise include theology of mission, contextualization, and church planting. He formerly served twenty-one years in Germany with ReachGlobal (formerly the EFCA International Mission). He has planted churches in Schaumburg, Illinois, and in Munich, Ingolstadt, Neumarkt, and Markt Indersdorf, Germany. From 1995 to 2002 Dr. Ott served as Central Europe Church Planting Consultant for ReachGlobal, and from 1998 to 2002 he taught at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal, Germany, where he continues to teach regularly as an adjunct professor. He has also served since 1994 as adjunct faculty at Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach (Germany). He has taught or consulted national and mission leaders in forty different countries. Dr. Ott and his wife Alice live in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and have three grown sons. His hobbies include bicycling, film, and guitar.

Selected Publications

Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (William Carey 2013), coeditor
Global Church Planting (Baker Academic 2011), coauthor
Encountering Theology of Mission (Baker Academic 2010), coauthor
Globalizing Theology (Baker Academic 2006), coeditor
Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

American Society of Missiology
Evangelical Missiological Society
Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Evangelikale Missiologie