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Kirk SimsAssistant Professor of Christian Mission

Department: Christian Studies Philosophy

Office: MO 304

Phone Extension: 2471

Dr. Sims brings a wealth of intercultural ministry experience to the classrooms of Asbury University, having served for 17 years as a pastor and missionary in Georgia, Ghana, the United Kingdom, and Germany.  An avid traveler who has visited over 60 countries, he enjoys learning about new cultures, especially when it comes to discovering how the church has found culturally relevant ways to help the Gospel come alive to people.  As someone who has helped plant churches and taught evangelists in Africa, he is very well aware of the demographic shift in the center of gravity of the Christian church to the Global South.  He is committed to encouraging mission movements and building bridges between believers in this day when mission is from everywhere to everywhere. As a missionary, he also served in various leadership capacities, including Field Leader for Ghana and Regional Consultant for Europe with The Mission Society.  Dr. Sims attended the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and has been a delegate to the World Methodist Conference.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking, bicycling, being outside enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, and spending time with his family.  Dr. Sims is married to fellow United Methodist minister, the Rev. Nicole Sims.  They have two sons, Aidan and Eli.

Research interests:

Missiology, World Christianity, African mission movements, European Christianity, mission in post-Christian contexts, mission and migration, diaspora faith communities, mission and ecclesiology, the history of the Christian movement, Methodist mission, the Modern Missionary Movement, and intercultural dynamics in the church.

Education:

Ph.D., Middlesex University/Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary

A.B., University of Georgia

A.A., Reinhardt College

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