February 22, 2013
Two Notable Missions Deaths: Photographer Don Rutledge and Fuller Seminary's Dean Gilliland
Both pursued passion for international missions and inspired "millions to understand, pray for and participate."
On Tuesday (Feb. 19), renowned Christian photojournalist Don Rutledge died at his home in Virginia. He was 82.
Rutledge's career took off when he provided photographs for the bookBlack Like Me by John Howard Griffin in 1959. However, over the course of the next 40 years, Rutledge traveled to more than 140 countries to capture "quiet moments of humanity and mission ministry in hundreds of classic photographs taken for the Home (now North American) Mission Board and later for the Foreign (now International) Mission Board," Baptist Press reports.
Two days earlier, former Fuller Theological Seminary professor of contextualized theology and African studies Dean Gilliland died at age 84. Gilliland taught at Fuller for 24 years and retired in 2001.
According to a press release from Fuller, "Gilliland contributed over 22 years of experience on the field in Nigeria to the seminary’s mission department. While there, he trained lay ministers and leaders on the field and studied how to make theology applicable within a cross-cultural context."
CT previously cited a contextualized-theology study led by Gilliland in its cover story on Muslim evangelism in 2002.