David King

Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and Assistant Professor, Philanthropic Studies

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Faculty
Phone:
317-278-8976
Fax:
317-648-8900
Email:
kingdp@iupui.edu
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN
46202

Education

  • Emory University, Ph.D. in Historical Studies, Graduate Department of Religion
  • Duke Divinity School, Master of Divinity, Summa Cum Laude
  • Samford University, Bachelor of Arts in History, Summa Cum Laude

Biography

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at IUPUI in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian History at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis,TN. He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University with a specific interest in American religious history and its intersections with the growing field of world Christianity. His recent research focuses on the rise of evangelical relief and development NGOs, religious humanitarianism, and religion’s engagement with international affairs. He is passionate about research and teaching but as an ordained minister having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is also fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving.

Courses Taught

  • P530: Religion and Philanthropy
  • P660: Ethical, Moral, and Religious Perspectives on Philanthropy

Publications

  • “World Vision, Religious Identity, and the Evolution of Child Sponsorship,” in Child Sponsorship: A Critical Discussion, eds. Matthew Clarke and Brad Watson, Palgrave-Macmillan (2014).
  • “Heartbroken for God’s World: The Story of Bob Pierce, Founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse,” in Family, Friend, Foe? The Relationship of Religion and Philanthropy in Religious Philanthropic Organizations, edited by Tom Davis, Indiana University Press (2013).
  • "The New Internationalists: World Vision and the Revival of American Evangelical Humanitarianism, 1950–2010." Religions 3, no. 4: 922-949 (Oct. 2012).
  • “World Vision: Religious Identity in the Discourse and Practice of Global Relief and Development,” in Review of Faith and International Affairs, special issue on Religion and Globalization (Fall 2011): 21-28.
  • “The West Looks East:  The Influence of Toyohiko Kagawa on American Mainline Protestantism,” Church History (June 2011).
  • “Harry Emerson Fosdick’s Role in the War and Pacifist Movements.” Baptist History & Heritage. XLI (Summer/Fall 2006): 99-108.

News Articles

Research Interests

Trained as an American religious historian, King research interests broadly include exploring the practices of twentieth-century American and global faith communities as well as more specifically investigating how the religious identity of faith-based nonprofits shapes their motivations, rhetoric, and practice. His current project traces the 60-year history of World Vision, the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organization in order to investigate the evolving understandings of religious identity, international development, and public policy within the history of international relief and development organizations. New projects focus on broadening the research of philanthropy through interdisciplinary perspectives.  

Current Projects

  • Seeking to Save the World: The Evolution of World Vision, American Evangelicalism, and Global Humanitarianism
  • Preaching Good News to the Poor: Billy Graham and Evangelical Humanitarianism,” In American Pilgrim: The Worlds of Billy Graham, eds. Grant Wacker, Anne Blue Wills, and Andrew Finstuen (under review with Oxford University Press).
  • “Global Christianity and the Market,” In The Business Turn in American Religious History, eds. Amanda Porterfield, John Corrigan, and Darren Grem (Oxford University Press).  
  • “Evangelicals in the World: From Family Planning to Population Control”
  • Russell Conwell: Prosperity and Religious Philanthropy (Biographical Project on one of the most popular religious figures in the early 20th century, a precursor to prosperity preaching, and large-scale philanthropy)

Honors & Awards

  • Young Scholar in American Religion (2013-2015), Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture
  • Wabash Center’s Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty Workshop
  • Sydney E. Mead Prize, American Society of Church History (Awarded to the author of the best essay in any field of church history written by a doctoral candidate)

Grants & Funding

  • “Linking Faith and Philanthropy in Scholarship and Teaching,” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. $5000. 6/1/2014-8/31/2014
  • “Worlds of Billy Graham Research Grant.” Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. $1500. 1/31/2013-12/31/2014
  • “Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.” Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. $22,000. 8/1/2011-5/31/2012
  •  “Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.” Louisville Institute. $20,000. 8/1/2010-5/31/2011.
  • “The Changing Terrain of American Protestant Missions Fellowship. Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. $1500. 1/31/2009-12/31/2010

Presentations

  • Millennials, Faith, and Philanthropy, Invited Keynote Lecture, April 2015, Valparaiso University.
  • The Abundant Life: Empowering Youth as Agents of Change, Invited Keynote Lecture, Nov. 2014, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Worlds of Billy Graham, Invited Lecturer, Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Sep. 26-28, 2013

“Preaching Good News to the Poor: Billy Graham and Evangelical Humanitarianism”

  • Family, Friend, Foe?: The Relationship of Religion and Philanthropy in Religious Philanthropic Organizations,” Oct 2010.

Invited Lecture for Public Symposium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • A Century of Change in American Protestant Missions,” Sept 2010

Invited Lecture for Public Symposium at New York Theological Seminary               

  • American Historical Association/American Society of Church History, American Evangelicals Looking Abroad, Jan. 2015, New York City

Seeking to Save the World: American Evangelicals and Global Population Control

  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religion, International Development & Global Poverty, October, 2014, Indianapolis, IN

“The Role of Religious Identity among Evangelical NGOs: Shaping Development Discourse and the Global Engagement of Western Donors”

  • Wabash College, Pre-tenure Theological Educators Conference, June 2014, Crawfordsville, IN

“Balancing/Managing Multiple Vocations”

  • Wabash College, Pre-tenure Theological Educators Conference, June 2014, Crawfordsville, IN

“Connecting Research to Teaching”

  • Towards the Ends of the Earth: Exploring the Global History of American Evangelicalism, Invited Lecture, April 2014, University of Southampton, UK

“The Rise of Global Humanitarianism and the Reshaping of American Evangelicals”

  • World War II and Religion Conference, Florida State University Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012

“Harry Emerson Fosdick: Preaching Peace in an Age of Total War”

  • American Academy of Religion, Religion and AIDS Seminar, Nov. 17, 2012, Chicago, IL,

“HIV/AIDS and the Global Response of American Evangelicals”

  • “Saving the World? The Changing Terrain of American Protestant Missions,” Invited Lecture for Conference at Duke Divinity School, March 24-25, 2011

“From Crusaders to Humanitarians: World Vision and the Changing Face of Evangelical Missions”

  • American Historical Association, Jan. 2011, Boston, MA

“Saving the World from Suffering: The Development of Christian Humanitarian Organization, World Vision”

  • American Academy of Religion, International Development and Religion Consultation, Nov. 2010, Atlanta, GA

“World Vision: Religious Identity in the Discourse and Practice of Development”

  • National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, May 2010, Atlanta, GA

“Media and Missions: How World Vision Served as American Evangelicals’ Window to the World”

  • Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (regional AAR) Mar. 5-7 2010, Atlanta, GA

“Missions and the Middle Man: Bob Pierce and World Vision as Intermediaries in Promoting Christian Missions, 1950-1974”

  • Baptist History & Heritage Annual Meeting, June 2009, Huntsville, AL

“An Evangelical Spark: Carl F.H. Henry’s Call for Social Action”

  • American Society of Church History, April 2009, Montreal, Quebec

“From ‘Foreign Missions’ to ‘World Christianity’: The Influence of Toyohiko Kagawa on American Mainline Missions”

  • Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (regional AAR) Mar. 15-17 2009, Chapel Hill, NC

“Prosperity Preacher and Patriot Pastor: The Full Gospel of Rod Parsley”

  • National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, May 2008, Nashville, TN

“The West Looks East: The Influence of Toyohiko Kagawa on American Protestantism”

  • American Society of Church History, Winter 2008 Meeting, Washington D.C.

The Changing Face of Evangelical Missions: Organization and Identity in World Vision”

  • Baptist History & Heritage Annual Meeting, June 2006, Washington D.C.

“Harry Emerson Fosdick’s Role in the War and Pacifist Movements.”

Other Activities

Professional Organizations

  •     American Academy of Religion
  •     American Society of Church History
  •     American Historical Association
  •     Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  •     Conference on Faith and History
  •     Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)

Academic Leadership and Professional Service

  • Chair, Graduate Student Awards Committee, American Society of Church History, 2014-present
  • Steering Committee, Religion and AIDS Seminar, American Academy of Religion, 2012-present
  • Board of Advisors, American Studies PhD Program, IUPUI, 2014-present
  • Governing Board, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, 2014-2017