George F. Pickens

George F. Pickens
George F. Pickens
Professor of Theology and Mission

Drawing 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 family (wife and two adult sons) and my local church (the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren). I also enjoy my Jack Russell Terrier, rooting for the Harrisburg Senators and the Cincinnati Reds, hiking, and reading contemporary fiction.

Education
B.A., 1980
Kentucky Christian College
M.A, 1984
The Ohio University
Ph.D., 1997
The University of Birmingham, England
Contact Information:
Messiah College Box 3053
E-mail: GPickens@messiah.edu
Phone: (717) 796-1800 ext.2802
Fax: (717) 796-4790