Experts on "Anthropology"

Douglas Hayward

  • Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Hayward was a missionary for 20 years among the highlands Dani people in Papua, Indonesia. His ministries include church planting, community development coordinator, leadership training and staff development, and supervision. He has written three books on the Dani people, plus numerous journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and chapters in books on missiological topics. He teaches classes in anthropology, folk religion, contextualization, ethics, new religious movements, and spiritual warfare. His outstanding contributions as a teacher have been acknowledged by awards from Who's Who Among America's teachers, the Marquis Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in American Education.

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Paul E. Langenwalter

  • Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

Professor Langenwalter is an archaeologist who focuses on the cultural ecology of the peoples of California, the American West and Oceania. His studies include research in human adaptations, ethnicity, animal use and culture change. He brings 27 years of teaching experience to Biola, coupled with experience in museology, vertebrate paleontology and cultural resource management. A long-term goal of Professor Langenwalter is the development of an increased participation of Christians in anthropology. It is his desire to equip students with an anthropological perspective and the tools to increase their effectiveness in their profession, their communities and in cross-cultural settings. He has participated in the modern development of the anthropology program at Biola, and supervises the excavation of the mammoth at the dig site adjacent to Hope Hall. As an active research scientist, he acts as a Principle Investigator and Collaborator for archaeological and paleontological research projects, advises various state and local commissions, and peer review.

Credentials Include:

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
  • Certifications in Field Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Archaeometric and Natural Science Research
  • California Community College Instructor Credential

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Alan McMahan

  • Undergraduate Chair, Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director Undergraduate Studies for Intercultural Studies
  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches. He maintains an active consulting service in churches and is the former President of the American Society of Church Growth. He has earned degrees from Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary, the Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled, "Training Turnaround Leaders, Systemic Approaches to Reinstate Growth in Plateaued Churches." He has served as a Vice President for the Alliance Theological Seminary, and as the Academic Dean at The King’s College in mid-town Manhattan. McMahan now works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Intercultural Studies Program. He is married to Terri, and has two sons.

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Tom Steffen

  • Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

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Kyle Strobel

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Spiritual Formation

Kyle Strobel teaches spiritual theology for Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Formation Focus programs. His areas of interest include systematic theology, Jonathan Edwards, spiritual formation and prayer. He writes both popular and academic books and articles, having published in the Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care and Relevant Magazine.

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