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Intercultural Studies (Missions)

In an increasingly global world, knowing how to bridge the cross-cultural divide and build meaningful relationships with diverse groups of people is an essential skill.

Our program will prepare you to make a global impact as you pursue your vocational calling. Interactive and practical training will equip you with the intercultural skills necessary to succeed in ministry or the marketplace.

Study the nuances of working and communicating cross-culturally, as well as foreign languages and best practices in modern missions. Our flexible program also allows you to choose from among a variety of elective courses.

Refine your Christian worldview as you discover a path that integrates service and ministry.

Majors: Pursue a career in international missions or in the marketplace with an emphasis on global interaction.

Minors: Gain a foundational understanding of the importance of cross-cultural relationships and connections.

Concentrations: Enhance your vocational calling by acquiring valuable intercultural relations skills.

Director’s Note: Dr. Jane Williams

I am excited to begin my new role as Evangel’s Intercultural Studies & Global Connections Director this fall. I have served with my husband Jason Williams as AGWM global

workers in Northern Asia and Philippines for 20 years. My journey of faith is a true testament of God’s redemptive love. I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil until the age of thirteen attending Catholic schools but coming home to a Buddhist family. Even while I was lost, God was already preparing me to be His vessel in a global setting. In 1988, my family moved to Los Angeles, and I was invited to a small Pentecostal church in CA. I was the first person in my entire family to become a Christian. At the age of 16, I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and my passion for Christ and burden for the lost grew. When I was a sophomore at UCLA studying Biology, I heard God call me to full-time missions, and I surrendered my life to His Call. I received my Masters of Education at UCLA in 1999 and also my Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002 while serving as a youth pastor. In August of 2002, I went to the mission field as a single woman sent by the Southern California District. While serving on the field, I met my husband Jason who was sent from the Alabama District; we taught at the same university reaching university students and served on the same team in Northern Asia. Now, we have been married for 16 years and have two amazing children Isaac (12) and Elizabeth (11). And I am currently pursuing my PhD in Intercultural Education at Biola University. We have spent the last twenty years reaching, teaching, equipping and training students and workers from all over world. We were 8 years in Northern Asia teaching and reaching students on the university campus, helping to start a BAM, and doing orphanage outreach. Then we spent the following 7 years in the Philippines teaching and training students and ministers from more than 25 nations at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary. In 2017, my husband Jason and I went to Southeastern University as MIRs and taught and mentored university students and student leaders leading trips for three years. I am passionate about raising up the next generation of student leaders and future global workers who will take the torch of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Please pray with me that the Lord would light a fire in the hearts of the students at Evangel University.

Fine Arts Scholarship

Fine Arts Scholarship opportunities are available for those interested in pursuing this program. Click here for eligibility and requirement details!

Career Opportunities

Our academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
  • Intercultural ministry or missions work focusing primarily in creative-access countries
  • Traditional missions: church planting, preaching, evangelism
  • Not-for-profit agencies/NGOs
  • U.S. churches
  • Missions mobilization
  • Teaching/Teaching English as a Second Language

Faculty

Department Chair

Brandon Schmidly, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

Full Time Faculty

MaryJane Kendrick

Missionary in Residence

Meghan Musy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Director of Competency-Based Theological Education

Jane Williams

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies and Director of Global Connections

Robert A. Berg, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

Gary Martindale, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies

Vince Medina, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

William Griffin, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Martin Mittelstadt, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

Mark Jenkins, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, and Archaeology

Michael Jaffe, D.Min.

Professor of Preaching and Church Leadership

Steve Smallwood, D.Min.

Associate Professor for Church Ministries, Program Coordinator for Church Ministries (online)

Mark Fabian, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Digital Learning

Chris McGough, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries

Dr. Lattis Campbell

MIR - Global Connections

Adjunct Faculty

Jim Bradford, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Richard Hammer, LL.M

Adjunct Professor

Kent Hulbert

Adjunct Professor

Austin Jacobs

Adjunct Professor

Matthew Thomas

Adjunct Professor

Joseph Lear

Adjunct Professor

David Lindell, Th.M.

Adjunct Professor

Desiree Rodgers

Adjunct Professor

Yisrael Vincent, M.Div.

Adjunct Professor

Wave Nunnally, Ph.D.

Professor of Early Judaism and Christian Origins

Calvin Pincombe, D.Min.

Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics

Saehee Duran, M.A.

Adjunct Professor

Renee Griffith

Adjunct Professor

David Hillis, D.Min.

Adjunct Professor

Wendy Brown

Adjunct Professor

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