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Bill Svelmoe

Associate Professor of American History, Saint Mary's College
BA (University of California), MDiv (Talbot Theological Seminary), MA (University of Notre Dame), PhD (University of Notre Dame)


Bill Svelmoe is Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. He writes about Protestant missionaries, having published a biography of Cameron Townsend (A New Vision for Missions), as well as a novel set on the mission field (Spirits Eat Ripe Papaya). Dr. Svelmoe grew up in the Philippines, the child of evangelical Protestant missionaries.

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Bill Svelmoe is Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. He writes about Protestant missionaries, having published a biography of Cameron Townsend (A New Vision for Missions), as well as a novel set on the mission field (Spirits Eat Ripe Papaya). Dr. Svelmoe grew up in the Philippines, the child of evangelical Protestant missionaries.