The 10-Minute Missiologist

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

The Cook School of Intercultural Studies faculty has over 100 years combined experience in cross-cultural ministry in virtually every part of the world and holds the highest degrees attainable in a variety of fields. Faculty featured in this course are  

Kenneth Nehrbass Ph.D. (Intercultural studies) is  a Bible translation consultant who is an associate professor of missiology in the graduate department at Cook School of Intercultural Studies. He and his wife Mendy completed  New TEstament translation with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the nation of Vanuatu.

Allen Yeh, D. Phil.  - is a missions theologian and historian, has been to 60 countries (but particularly specializes in Latin America and China), and is author of Polycentric Missiology.

Alan McMahan Ph.D. (Intercultural studies)  has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, 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 denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches.

Murray Decker, Ph.D. (Intercultural education)  - serves as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University.  His field service includes extended time spent serving in Cameroon West Africa as an educator, as well as numerous shorter trips to Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.   He continues to speak widely to various mission groups, assisting in training and team development. His research interests include mission mobilization, sojourner adjustment, spiritual formation and experiential learning theory.

Tom Sappington Th.D. - a missionary-theologian who served in Indonesia for 15 years. He currently teaches at Cook and serves as chair of Talbot’s Department of Missions and Intercultural Studies department

Kitty Purgason Ph.D. (Applied linguistics)- has experience in more than a dozen countries and is chair of Biola’s Department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Katrina Greene, Ph.D. (Anthropology) -leads the International and Community Development concentration within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies and conducts ongoing research on women and economic empowerment in the black townships of Cape Town, South Africa

George Payton, D.Miss. (Bible Translation) is assistant professor teaching Bible translation in Cook’s Applied Linguistics and TESOL Department. He also serves as an International Translation Consultant with SIL International.

Rich Starcher, Ph.D. (Education), D.Miss. serves as Professor of Intercultural Education & Missiology in Biola University’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies, where he specializes in research methodology.  After serving as a pastor in rural Nebraska, he lived and worked for 20 years in three African countries (DRC [then Zaire], CAR, and Kenya). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Missiology: An International Review.  

Bulus Galadima, Ph.D. (Intercultural studies)   did his theological education in Africa, US, and UK. He is currently the Dean of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University.

Steve Rundle, Ph.D. (economics) is  professor of economics and international business, focuses his teaching and research on the intersection between international economics and world mission. He has published two books: Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions and Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization. Rundle is the advisor for the International Business concentration.

The Cook School of Intercultural Studies exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts, to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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