Erich Baumgartner

Erich Baumgartner

Erich Baumgartner

Title: Professor of Leadership and Intercultural Communication
Office Location: Bell Hall 173
Phone: (269) 471-2523
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PhD, MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1990
MDiv, Andrews University, 1979
BA (equiv), Seminare Adventiste du Saleve, France, 1975


Dr. Baumgartner, a native of Austria, teaches in leadership and intercultural communication. He has published on cross-cultural transitions, leadership and change, and subjects of organizational growth. He has translated several works related to church growth. He has also edited a book on stress and is the mastermind behind, an online database about the Seventh-day Adventist church worldwide, created with the hard work of several research assistants.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Dr. Baumgartner is currently president of the American Society for Church Growth. Current publication projects include "Why they are staying away? Comparing acknowledged and attributed reasons for not attending church in Pacifica, CA" (with Dr. Peter Burch); "Does the seminary produce viable missional leaders? Rethinking leadership development for pastors"; and "Minding the gap: The culture factor in the practice of leadership." He is the senior editor of the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership.