DepartmentCook School of Intercultural Studies
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty


George Payton and his wife, Wendy, have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since December 1982. They have worked in East Africa, assisting in translating the Scriptures into various languages in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In 2010, the Paytons relocated to Southern California as their home base. Payton has been teaching linguistics part time in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies and is now joining the faculty full time under a special contract with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Payton also teaches Swahili in the modern languages department. Payton continues working with translation colleagues in East Africa via the internet, and makes yearly trips to Africa. The Paytons have six children and five grandchildren.

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