Tite Tiénou, PhD

The Tite Tiénou Chair of Global Theology and World Christianity
Research Professor, Theology of Mission
Dean Emeritus

Faculty Since 1997


BS, Nyack College
Maîtrise en Théologie, Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique Vaux sur Seine, France
MA, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary


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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)

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • 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


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