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Lindy Backues

POSITION: Associate Professor of Business & Leadership

School of Social Sciences and Professions
Business and Leadership

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 206B

EMAIL: lindy.backues@emu.edu

Lindy Backues, PhD, is Associate Professor of Business and Leadership at Eastern Mennonite University.  Prior to coming to EMU, Lindy served for 13 years as Associate Professor of Economic Development at Eastern University and for 18 years in Indonesia as an economic/community development theorist and practitioner. He speaks the Indonesian language fluently.

Lindy’s work has focused on grassroots liberative empowerment methodologies, social justice, cultural exploration, organizational analysis and change, institutional capacity building, and community development, especially in respect to practical, implemented operations, community involvement, and the establishment of indigenous non-government organizations (NGOs). Lindy has published in the fields of community development, anthropology, theology, and epistemology, and he is presently co-authoring a book on interfaith dialogue entitled Deep Listening, Deep Respect: Authentic Friendship as the Basis for Interfaith Understanding, soon to be published by Fortress Press.  Lindy is also Chair of the Advisory Board for the Christian-Muslim Relations Team (CMRT) of Eastern Mennonite Missions.

In his earlier capacity as a development practitioner for almost twenty years, Lindy served an assortment of grassroots Indonesian NGOs: as country director for a network of foundations, as principal architect and modifier for internal program operations, as chief design consultant for financial and management control systems, and as lead consultant for training and pedagogical program design.

Lindy is also a licensed minister of the Mosaic Conference of the Mennonite Church-USA.


PHD, Leeds University (Theology and Economic Development)
MS, Eastern University (Economic Development)
BS, University of Missouri-Columbia (Educational Studies)
MDIV, Asbury Theological Seminary

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