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Faculty | Doctor of Intercultural Studies

Alan McMahan

  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M. Div., Alliance Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Nyack College

Alan McMahan served in Indonesia and the U.S. and has extensive experience in equipping church leaders and cross-cultural professionals in the areas of missiology, cross-cultural ministry, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and...

Research Interests

  • Developing leaders to turn around plateaued churches.
  • Rapidly growing urban churches in Asia
  • Understanding successful leadership patterns in multi-ethnic churches
  • Re-examining receptivity theory in light of contemporary research into epidemiology (or the spread of infectious diseases and the diffusion of innovations)
  • Exploring the frontier of systemic church growth interventions
  • Understanding and predicting effective transformational leadership development experiences and examining these practices in various cultural contexts
  • Developing a new missiological toolkit for globalized, urban missions
  • Understanding people group strategies in the contexts of hybridity and diasporas

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Jamie Sanchez

  • Chair, Graduate Department of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director, PhD. & MA Intercultural Studies
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

PhD, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought, Virginia Tech

Master of Divinity, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Union University

Bachelor of Business Administration, New Mexico State University

Jamie N. Sanchez, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor, Graduate Department Chair, and Program Director for the PhD and MA in Intercultural Studies. Dr. Sanchez’s research focuses on refugee studies. She is currently conducting collaborative research funded by an external grant. Dr. Sanchez teaches courses on research methodology, refugee studies, and supervises doctoral dissertations.



Research Interests

  • Critical Refugee Studies
  • China Area Studies

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Tom Sappington

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Th.D., Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Tom Sappington was involved in pastoral ministry for nine years before being called to ministry in the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, where he and his wife served for 15 years in Central Java. During his years in Indonesia, he taught various courses in New Testament, Spiritual Conflict and Pastoral Ministry at six branches of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia. In...

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