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David P. King

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as assistant professor of philanthropic studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2014, after serving as assistant professor of Christian history at Memphis Theological Seminary. Trained as an American religious historian, his 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. He is the author of the recent book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism (UPenn Press 2019) that traces the almost 70-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. 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. He earned an MDiv from Duke University Divinity School and completed a PhD in religion from Emory University in 2012.