Associate of Arts
Develop a strong biblical theology of mission for practical engagement in a world that needs to know Jesus Christ. Learn skills for understanding both the uniqueness of the world's different cultures and the increasing interconnectedness of these different social contexts through processes often referred to as globalization.
This degree is designed to provide initial preparation for students interested in careers and ministry of a cross-cultural nature. The program draws on the disciplines of biblical studies and theology, arts and science, and Christian ministry in order to introduce students to a critical understanding of the challenges of living and working in a culture other than their own. Students learn about how to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries while avoiding an ethnocentric perspective.
(63 credit hours)
(30 credit hours)
(24 credit hours)
Tim grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the son of American Baptist missionaries. He gave his life to Christ early in life, and after graduating from the American School of Kinshasa in 1969, he went to Easter College, where he did a BA in Sociology under Tony Campolo at Eastern Baptist College (now Eastern University). It was during his subsequent MAR studies at Westminster Seminary that he felt the Lord was leading him to mission work in the country where he had grown up. On the way there, he met Susan, and they were married in 1982. They have four children, all born during the years that they were working in Congo (1982 to 1996).
After that time in Congo, Tim went on to do a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, completing that degree in 2005. This was the same year that he began teaching at Briercrest, where he is program coordinator (with Alan Guenther) of the Global Studies program. During the summers, he often returns to the Congo where he continues to be involved in teaching and leadership training at various levels.
Alan Guenther's interest in the history of Islam is based in large measure on the four years he lived in Pakistan from 1988 to 1992 while serving as a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). Upon returning from Pakistan, he pursued academic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, completing both his graduate degrees there.
The focus of his research has been the historical development of the Muslim community in British India in the late 19th century as well as the interaction of Muslims with Christian missionaries in that time period. His involvement in Mennonite, Plymouth Brethren, and, most recently, Free Methodist churches has also stimulated him to research in their histories and become involved in their historical societies. Since 2005, he has had the opportunity to teach courses not only on the history of Islam, but also on the history of Christianity more broadly at Briercrest College and Seminary in his home province of Saskatchewan.