Dr. Steven J. Ybarrola

Dr. Steven J. Ybarrola

Professor of Cultural Anthropology


  • Ethnicity and Inter-Ethic Relations
  • Oral History
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Culture Theory
  • Diaspora Missiology
  • Geographical Area: Europe


  • B.A., Bethel College, 1985
  • M.A., Brown University, 1987
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1995

Dr. Steven Ybarrola is professor of Cultural Anthropology in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism.

He received a B.A. from Bethel University, 1985; and a M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1995) from Brown University.

Prior to coming to Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Ybarrola served in the Frank and Grace Moore Chair in Anthropology at Central College. In 2003, he was an invited Foreign Expert at Ningxia University in Yinchuan, China. Dr. Ybarrola and his colleague, Dale DeWild, were the first social scientists to be brought to the university under the Foreign Experts program. In 1996, Dr. Ybarrola was invited by the United States Information Agency to participate in a conference in Estonia dealing with inter-ethnic conflict. In 2010, he was elected the United States Representative for the Lausanne North America Diaspora Missiology Educators Forum by representatives of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, the Filipino International Network, and the Evangelical Missiological Society.

Dr. Ybarrola is a member of the executive committee of the Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements and is also a member of the Christian Formation Plan Committee. He served on the planning committee for, and participated, in Kingdom Conference in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. He leads cross-cultural training seminars with various organizations and speaks on issues of cross-cultural ministry in diverse venues.

While at Central College, Dr. Ybarrola earned many awards and distinctions, including: the Huffman Award for Outstanding Support of International Education, 1996 and 2006; the Fabulous Faculty Award (1997-1998; 1998-1999); and the Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching (1994-1995).

Dr. Ybarrola and his wife, Lorie, attend First Alliance Church. They have two adult children.


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