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Peace and Conflict Studies

Faculty: George Pickens                   

Professor of Theology and Mission


George PickensDrawing upon the fourteen years I spent in Africa (Ivory Coast and Kenya), my teaching focuses on the global and cross-cultural implications of Christianity.  Through courses in Global Christian Theology, Christianity in Africa, Islam, Theology of Religions and Mission Studies I challenge students to view Christianity in its global contexts.  Given that the majority of the world's Christians now live outside the West, American Christians must learn to engage our Christian brothers and sisters and the wider world in ways that are both faithful and relevant.


My current research and writing includes the global significance of the Believers' Church tradition and understandings of Jesus in non-western Christianity. 


Away from Messiah my life centers around my two adult sons and my local church (the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren). I also enjoy my two Jack Russell Terriers, hiking, backpacking and reading contemporary fiction.



Ph.D., 1997

The University of Birmingham, England


M.A. 1984

The Ohio University


B.A. 1980

Kentucky Christian College



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