Dr. Russell spent 17 years in cross-cultural ministry and field research with Wycliffe Bible Translators working with indigenous communities in S.E. Asia. Dr. Russell brings her extensive background in anthropology into her study of the process of conversion and into her study of the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament. She is the author of Conversion, Power, and Identity. Her areas of biblical studies are Social Scientific Criticism, Luke-Acts, and Theology of Mission. She has a passion for teaching students to live out Acts in their lives.