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Jon Penland
Jon Penland Office: World Missions Center 211
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Dean of Cross-Cultural Studies and Anthropology

Dr. Penland joined the Toccoa Falls College faculty in 2000 after serving 13 years in the Dominican Republic as an Instructor in the Leadership Development Program for the Dominican Alliance and Director for Dominican Alliance Associates. As Director for the Dominican Alliance Associates, Dr. Penland was involved in negotiating work agreements between North American donors and Dominican stakeholders, the implementation of these agreements, and the completion of a variety of work projects such as the reconstruction of multiple buildings at 8 sites following Hurricane Georges in 1999.

Dr. Penland has been published in the book, Manual for Ministry Internship and wrote book reviews for the journal, Missiology. While at TFC, he has assisted in the design and implementation of a major in Cross-Cultural Adult Education and a minor in Sustainable Development. Dr. Penland is fluent in Spanish.

Intercultural studies combine theology, anthropology, and missiology to provide servant leaders with the intercultural skills to impact their world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

“The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).


– Wade Distinguished Scholar Faculty Award (2005), Toccoa Falls College
– Faculty of the Year (2006), Toccoa Falls College
– Membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2007)
– Faculty member of impact (2010), Toccoa Falls College

Degree Earned Area of Study School Attended
Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology University of Georgia
Ph.D. Adult Education University of Georgia
M.A. Intercultural Studies Columbia International University
B.A. Theology Toccoa Falls College