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Russell Mask

Russell Mask

Associate Professor of Community Development

Economics and Community Development

On faculty since 2002

Office Hours
By Appointment


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990
BA, Wheaton College, 1983

Professional Interests

In addition to teaching Covenant College students, I train NGO staff, NGO workers, church workers and missionaries around the world in church-centered Microenterprise Development and Microfinance strategies via the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. My teaching and Chalmers training build on the experiences my wife and I had in holistic ministry in the Philippines and Kenya before coming to Covenant.

Personal Interests

My wife and I have three grown children and three granddaughters, all below 3 years old. We've been deeply blessed to be part of a cross-cultural church in the inner city of Chattanooga, New City Fellowship. New City gives us glimpses of what heaven will look like, challenges us to live our lives for justice and the Kingdom of God, and has helped us continue to believe. We garden, have backyard hens, and have many blueberries and pear trees, We camp, hike, and backpack when we visit Colorado and also enjoy the trails on Lookout Mountain near the college.

Covenant Activities

I'm blessed to work with our community development students to design their summer research internships and then get to watch them as they move into careers in holistic relief and development and ministry. Our hikes and breakfasts with students are really fun. It has also been great to see Covenant students receive Fulbright grants over the years.

Professional Membership

  • ACCORD Research Alliance

Selected Publications

  • Christian Microenterprise Development: An Introduction. Carlisle, UK: Regnum Books International, 2003.
  • From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty through Church-Centered Microfinance. (with Brian Fikkert). Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 2015.