William Kessel

Native American Missions


About William Kessel

William Kessel, born and reared on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a M.Div. from Bethany Lutheran Seminary.  During his 36 years in the public ministry, he was both a parish pastor and a college professor.  He currently serves as chairman of the Administrative Committee for Native American Missions for the WELS Board for World Missions.  

Presentation Description

Session 4E

“Apache Language, Culture, and Christianity: A Missiological Example”

In an attempt to become all things to all people (1 Cor. 9:22), St. Paul recognized cultural differences (1 Cor. 1:22) and took them into consideration in his gospel outreach (Acts 17).  The purpose of this session is to show that:

  • Since language affects a person’s thinking and perception of reality,
  • Since cultural understanding is a necessity for effective mission work,
  • Therefore, indigenization should be an all-important mission objective.