DepartmentCook School of Intercultural Studies
Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., North American Baptist College

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Murray Decker has taught at Biola University since 1993, teaching courses such as Interpersonal and Intercultural Adjustment, Foundations of Global Studies, Short-term Mission Leadership, Experiential Learning Theory, Intercultural Internship, Cross-cultural Issues in Spiritual Formation and Gospel and Culture. His field experience includes serving in Cameroon, West Africa as a missionary, as well as numerous trips to serve in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Turkey. He serves as a missions consultant to churches and has spoken at numerous missions conferences at churches, schools and seminaries. Decker's research interests include sojourner adjustment (the process of cross-cultural adaptation and adjustment to living in new environments), missions mobilization, spiritual formation and experiential learning. Murray's passion over the years has been to mentor students and journey with them in life as they prepare to impact the world for Jesus. Murray is married to DeAnn, and has two children. They make their home in La Mirada.


  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • The Radical Project (Brazil & Mexico)
  • Joshua Foundation for Christian Mentoring


  • “The Emerging Generation and Missions.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2007.
  • “Student Sojourners and Spiritual Formation: Understanding the Intersection of Cross-cultural Adjustment and Spiritual Disorientation.” In: Effective Engagement in Short Term Missions: Doing It Right!, Robert Priest (Ed.) 2008, William Carey Library.
  • “Processing Experience: An Ethnographic Assessment of an Experiential Learning Curriculum.” 1996. Biola University.
  • “Mission Mobilization: The Radical Project.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2003.

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Cross-cultural Issues in Spiritual Formation
  • Experimental Learning
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Sojourner Adjustment
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