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George F. Pickens

Professor of Theology and Mission

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GPickens@messiah.edu

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(717) 796-1800 ext.2802

Interest and areas of expertise
Education
  • B.A., 1980, Kentucky Christian College
  • M.A, 1984, The Ohio University
  • Ph.D., 1997, The University of Birmingham, England
Classes I teach
Profile

Drawing upon the years I spent in Africa (Ivory Coast and Kenya) and a Spring 2018 sabbatical in Malaysia, my teaching focuses on Christianity as a world religion, including its encounters with other faiths. Through courses in Global Christian Theology, Christianity in Africa, Islam, Muslim-Christian Relations, Theology of Religions and Mission Studies, I challenge students to view Christianity in its diverse global contexts. I also direct Messiah’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and I have a particular interest in the relationships between religion and global conflicts. My current research and writing includes Christian responses to Islamophobia, fostering more peaceful Muslim-Christian relations, and studying the interfaith leadership of the Apostle Paul.

Away from Messiah my life centers around my family (wife and two adult sons) and local interfaith efforts. I am an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, and I’m also an avid traveler and reader of contemporary fiction.