Ian has lived and worked cross-culturally in Malawi for 22 years with Global Interaction where he has been mentoring people in contextual methods of leadership, community engagement, worship and pastoral care. Ian is also the senior editor in the Ciyawo-English Dictionary Project in Malawi, which is producing a bilingual learner’s dictionary in Ciyawo & English. Ian also works as a language and culture consultant with Global Interaction, helping to facilitate cross-cultural workers in language and culture acquisition for engagement in contextual ministry and development. At Whitley College Ian works as a lecturer in Intercultural Studies with a focus on education and training for engagement in contextual ministry locally in Australia and internationally. Ian’s areas of experience and interest are least-reached communities; culture, language and worldview; contextual engagement, and the intercultural competencies required for work and ministry in diverse socio-cultural and religious contexts.
- Diploma of Ministry
- BA Biblical Studies
- PhD. Theology & Religious Studies
- “Language capacity is not enough: Be intentional about growing culture and worldview understanding.” Missiology: An International Review. Volume: 46, issue: 3, 268–282, July 1, 2018.
- English-Ciyawo Learner’s Dictionary. Mzuzu: Mzuni Press/African Books Collective, 2018.
- “Witchcraft Accusations Amongst The Muslim Amacinga Yawo Of Malawi And Modes Of Dealing With Them.” The Australasian Review of African Studies. June, 2013.
- An African Muslim Worldview: The Amacinga Yawo of Southern Malawi. Zomba: Kachere Series, 2012.
- “It Takes An Initiation To Make a Yawo Chief”, Religion In Malawi. 2010, Vol. 16., 2010, 2011, 3–11.
Units Currently Teaching:
- Cultural Intelligence
- Mission in The Australian Context
- Intercultural Competencies; cultural Intelligence
- Least Reached Communities
- Language, Culture, and Worldview