Dr. Tite Tienou Named Professor Emeritus

Posted by Joshua.Way on Wednesday December 24, 2008

Dr. Tite Tiénou was named Professor Emeritus of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, honoring his 25 years of meritorious service to academia and his influence as a global church leader. The distinction was publicly presented at a banquet held at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY on August 28, 2008.

Dr. Tiénou is senior vice president of education, professor of theology of mission and academic dean at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and has been a member of Trinity’s faculty since 1997.

Prior to his post at Trinity, Tiénou served as president and dean of the Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l'Alliance in Abidjan, Côte 'Ivoire West Africa, and taught for nine years at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS). He was the founding director and professor of the Maranatha Institute in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, in addition to being a pastor in the Central Church of the Christian Alliance Church.

His Doctor of Philosophy in intercultural studies and the Master of Arts in missiology were earned at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he also received the Contextualization Award at the School of World Mission in 1984. He earned the Maîtrise en Théologie at Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique in Vaux-sur-Seine, France.  In 1971, the Nyack Honor Society member graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in theology from Nyack College.

Tiénou's areas of expertise include missions, theology, and the church in Africa. He has been a member of the African Studies Association since 1991 and the OMSC Study Group on Mission Issues since 1985.

The author of numerous books including, The Theological Task of the Church in Africa (African Christian Press, 1990), published in both English and French, the new Professor Emeritus has published articles in Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology, Evangelical Review of Theology, Alliance Life, and Evangelical Missions Quarterly.

Tiénou served as the senior mission scholar in residence at Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT and as a research fellow at Yale Divinity School from January to May 1990. A former chairman and chairman emeritus for the International Council of Accrediting Agencies (1989 to 1992), he was a member of the International Advisory Council for Lausanne II in Manila from 1986 to 1989. 

In the Nyack College/ATS community, Dr. Tiénou’s influence has been profound. A faithful friend, scholar, colleague, and seminary instructor, his impact on former ATS students and fellow faculty has been an invaluable part of the seminary’s DNA.