Our Vision

The Global Ethnodoxology Network envisions a future in which communities of Jesus followers in every culture engage with God and the world through their own artistic expressions.

We offer networking, training, and resources for the flourishing of biblical and culturally appropriate arts.

This article, published January 2020 in Evangelical Missions Quarterly (Vol. 56, no. 1), explains who we are: https://tinyurl.com/GEN4EMQ

GEN members agree with at least one of the following three statements of faith: the Nicene Creed, the World Evangelical Alliance or the Lausanne Covenant.

Our Board Members


Robin has M.A.s in Intercultural Studies and Ethnomusicology and a Ph.D. in Music/Ethnomusicology. She served for decades in cross-cultural contexts, including 10 years in Russia, and now speaks at colleges and conferences about topics such as ethnodoxology and ethnomusicology. Her publications include co-editing Worship and Mission for the Global Church:…

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Chair of the Board

James R. Krabill served from 1978–1996 as a Mennonite mission worker teaching Bible and church history in oral culture settings among African-initiated churches in West Africa. Recently retired from decades as Senior Executive for Global Ministries with the Mennonite Mission Network, Krabill now teaches extensively at seminaries and universities around…

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Board Secretary

Melanie is a musician and arts advocate who has served cross-culturally in Southeast Asia and North America. As a multi-instrumentalist and church worship facilitator, she has served with congregations in Malaysia, Cambodia, and the US. While working as a primary school and English as a Second Language teacher at an…

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Elsen Portugal is a pianist, music director, and missionary. He was born in Brazil in 1963, received his B.M. in Piano Pedagogy from East Texas Baptist University and his M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Central Arkansas. He has a PhD in Worship and Mission majoring on applied…

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Born and raised in Venezuela, Juan is an arts advocate who serves as a missionary with WEC International in Spain. He lives in the Basque Country with his wife and three children and is currently leading Arts Release Spain, part of a collective of creative arts specialists who love Jesus…

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Joy is a musician, an arts advocate, and a teacher at heart. She loves teaching children music, arts, history, and cultures. She studied piano, church music, and music education, and graduated from GIAL (now known as Dallas International University) with a master’s degree in World Arts. Joy is a mom…

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Héber NegrãoTrustee Héber Negrão is the anthropology and ethnoarts coordinator at the Evangelical Missionary Linguistic Association (Wycliffe in Brazil). He has been involved in ethnoarts ministry in Brazil ever since he joined GEN in 2006. He and his wife worked with Oral Bible Translation for the Tembé people in northern…

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