Tite Tiénou

Faculty Since 1997

Research Professor

Theology of Mission

The Tite Tiénou Chair of Global Theology and World Christianity

Dean Emeritus


BS, Nyack College

Maîtrise en Théologie, Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique Vaux sur Seine, France

MA, Fuller Theological Seminary

PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary


Dr. Tiénou has served as president and dean of Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l’Alliance Chrétienne in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. He has taught at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. While pastor of a church in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, he founded and directed the Maranatha Institute. He is an active participant in numerous conferences and special lectureships and has contributed many articles to scholarly journals.

Dr. Tiénou’s areas of expertise include mission, theology, and the church in Africa. He resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Marie, and their four children.

Selected Publications

The Theological Task of the Church in Africa (African Christian Press, 1990), published in English and French

Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology

“Biblical Foundations: An African Study” (Evangelical Review of Theology, 1983)

“Christianity in Africa” (AIM International, 1989)

“Have we created a religion of spectators?” (The Alliance Life, 1994)

“In one case, a slow death, in the other, open warfare” (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 1986)

“The Future of ICAA [International Council of Accrediting Agencies for Evangelical Theological Education]” (Evangelical Review of Theology, 1995)


  • Senior mission scholar in residence, Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut
  • January–May 1990; January–May 2013, Research fellow, Yale Divinity School
  • 1986–1989, Member, International Advisory Council for Lausanne II in Manila
  • 1989–1992, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus, International Council of Accrediting Agencies