- 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
When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy:
- Intercultural Factors in Education
- Intercultural Competency
- Community Development
- Environmental Education
Scholarly Work and Publications:
- 2013 Dissertation for Ph.D. in Anthropology Expanding our Understanding of the Knowledge-action Process following Environmentally-based Study Abroad Programs. http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/penland_jonathan_s_201305_phd
- 2004 Dissertation for Ph.D. in Adult Education The impact of intercultural factors on the Planning of Theological Education in the Dominican Republic: http://www.coe.uga.edu/leap/adulted/pdf/Jonathan_Stephen_Penland.pdf
- 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. http://www.eealliance.org/annualconference
What courses do you teach at TFC?
- Cultural Anthropology
- Applied Ethnography (Social Research)
- Exploring Religious Belief Systems
- Planning & Administration of Adult Ed
- Western Thought and Culture
- Intro to Sustainable Community Development
When did you begin teaching at TFC?
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.
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.
- Jeremiah 42:10b
“I will build you up and not tear you down, I will plant you and not uproot you.”
- Psalms 1:3
“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.”