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Russell P. Mask

Russell Mask

Associate Professor of Community Development
On faculty since 2002





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 children and all of us are deeply blessed to be part of a cross-cultural church in the inner city of Chattanooga, New City Fellowship. New City, while imperfect as all churches are, gives us glimpses of what heaven will look like and challenges us to live our lives for justice and the Kingdom of God. I am also one of the very few and the proud New City members that enjoy NASCAR races on Sunday afternoons. When summer hits we like to hit the lakes and trout streams of Colorado for fly fishing with Grey Uglies.


Covenant Activities

I deeply enjoy being an active member of the Covenant College Quality Enhancement Program committee, in which we seek to help the Covenant community grow in intercultural competence. I also enjoy working with community development students to design their research internships and then love the camping trip we have with our seniors each fall. For three years I've been secretary of the faculty Information Technology Committee and have been the campus Fulbright Program Advisor for four years.


Professional Membership

  • Evangelical Missiological Society


Selected Publications

  • Partnering with Microfinance Institutions: A Handbook. Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. 2006
  • Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. 2006.
  • Christian Microenterprise Development: An Introduction. Carlisle, UK: Regnum Books International, 2003.