There is one thing Allen Yeh, associate professor of intercultural studies and missiology, won’t eat — bugs. He used to stay away from brains too, until he unknowingly tried the Latin American dish his host family set before him while living in Mexico.
In addition to Mexico, where he spent time pastoring a church, Yeh has traveled to 55 countries in a variety of capacities — missionary, marathon runner, tourist and student — giving him a global perspective that he seeks to bring into the classroom.
Yeh, who is teaching three classes in the fall — Theology of Mission, Acts and World Christianity — leads students by example and takes them on semesterly trips to serve at an orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico. Though he never would’ve thought he’d end up being a professor at Biola’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Yeh said his love for ethnic diversity and extensive travel experience make him a good fit for a “missionary professor.”
Besides his love of diversity and travel, Yeh is a maven of culture, cuisine and baseball. He’s like a human version of Yelp, throwing out information left and right about baseball fields, movies and food. Want to know the best place to get a burger in the Los Angeles area or the best coffee shop around Biola? Yeh has a list for that and he’ll gladly share it with anyone who asks.
Here’s your chance to get to know him.