Dr. Jonathan S. Penland


  • Ph.D. – University of Georgia
  • Grad. Certificate – UGA Odum School of Ecology
  • Ph.D. – University of Georgia
  • Grad. Certificate – UGA College of Education
  • M.A.- Columbia International University
  • B.A. – Toccoa Falls College


  • 2014 – Participant at the CCCU’s Leadership Development Institute on June 913, 2014 at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center in Sumas, Washington.
  • 2013 – Wade Distinguished Scholar Faculty Award at Toccoa Falls College
  • 2012 – Faculty member of impact
  • 2010 – Faculty member of impact
  • 2007 – Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 2006 – Faculty of the Year
  • 2005 – Wade Distinguished Scholar Faculty Award at Toccoa Falls College


  • Official Worker in South Atlantic District of C&MA
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • IDI Qualified Administrator

Research Interests

  • Intercultural Factors in Education
  • Intercultural Competency
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainability

Scholarly Work and Publications

  • Publications
  • 2013 Dissertation for Ph.D. in Anthropology Expanding our Understanding of the Knowledge-action Process following Environmentally-based Study Abroad Programs.
  • 2004 Dissertation for Ph.D. in Adult Education The impact of intercultural factors on the Planning of Theological Education in the Dominican Republic:
  • Book Reviews: 2014 Missiology October 2014 Book reviewed: The World until Yesterday: What we can learn from Traditional Societies.
  • 2006 Missiology October 2006 Book reviewed: Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, and Nature.
  • 2005 Missiology January 2005 Book reviewed: Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santería to Obeah and Espiritismo.
  • Chapter in Book 2006 International Cross-cultural Internships. In H. Atkinson, Manual for Ministry Internships (pp.8389). Toccoa, GA: Crooked Creek Publishing.
  • Translation 2008 Welch, J. W. (Comp.). Proceedings of the First International Watershed Management Research Symposium (J. S. Penland & S. A. Flores, Trans.). University of Georgia—Costa Rica. San Luis, Monteverde.
  • Conference Presentations
  • 2014 – Presentation on the Implications of an Expanded Understanding of the Knowledge-action Process for Discipleship and Leadership Development among Diaspora Peoples at the Southeast Regional Gathering of the Evangelical Missiological Society at Columbia International University on March 29, 2014.
  • 2013 – Presentation on Expanding our Understanding of the Knowledge-action Process at the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Conference at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

What year did you begin teaching at TFC


What is your favorite aspect of teaching at TFC

I deeply enjoy seeing students have transformative learning moments when a new insight opens brand new ways of seeing and understanding our world.

What courses do you teach at TFC

  • ANT 203 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 323 Applied Ethnography (Social Research)
  • ANT 363 Exploring Religious Belief Systems
  • CAE 313 Planning & Administration of Adult Ed
  • HUM 103 Western Thought and Culture
  • SCD 213 Intro to Sustainable Community Development

When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy

hiking, camping, fishing, horticulture, movies

People might be interested to know

I pastor Valley Community Church in a fantastic small community called Tate City at the edge of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Favorite verses/quotations

“I will build you up and not tear you down, I will plant you and not uproot you.”
Jeremiah 42:10b
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not withe —whatever they do prospers.
Psalms 1:3

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107 Kincaid Drive, MSC 816 Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
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