Lindy Backues, PhD

Lindy Backues, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Economic Development
Office: Andrews Hall 330A
Phone: 610-225-5533
Fax: 610-341-1466


Ph.D., University of Leeds (UK)
MS, Economic Development, Eastern University
MDiv., Asbury Theological Seminary
BES, University of Missouri


Dr. Backues is an Associate Professor of the Business Department at Eastern University. Before coming to Eastern in 2008, he was the Indonesia Country Director for Millennium Relief & Development Services.  He lived in Indonesia from 1989 through 2007, undertaking grass-roots development in the region of West Java among the Sundanese. From 2005 through 2006, Dr. Backues was also very involved in relief and development efforts in the Indonesian region of Aceh, in response to the tragic tsunami disaster which took place at the end of the year 2004.

Research Interests

His interests and training are both in theology and community development, especially as these two interface in the midst of practical, implemented involvement.

Professional Associations and Services

Millennium Relief & Development Services


  • "Symbols of the Weak, Symbols of the Gospel: The Upside-Down Gospel in Relation to Patronage Systems in West Java, Indonesia" in Christian Mission and Economic Systems: A Critical Survey of the Cultural and Religious Dimensions of Economies, edited by John Cheong and Eloise Meneses (Pasadena, California: William Carey Library, 2015)
  • "Microfinance" in Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, Third Edition, edited by Burton s. Kaliski (New York: MacMillan Reference USA, 2014)
  • "Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue" Meneses, Eloise, Lindy Backues, David Bronkema, Eric Flett and Benjamin L. Hartley. Current Anthropology 55(1)2014:82-104
  • "Interfaith Development Efforts as Means to Peace and Witness" Transformation 26(2) April 2009:67-81
  • "The Incarnation as Motif for Development Practice" in World Mission in The Wesleyan Spirit, edited by Darrell L. Whiteman and Gerald H. Anderson (Nashville, Tennessee: Providence House, 2009), pp. 310-323

Back to Top