The son of New Tribes missionaries to the Philippines, Dr. Pennoyer spent his childhood years among the Mt. Pinatubo Negritos of Zambales province. He attended elementary schools in Tondo, Manila and Villar, Iba and Botolan, Zambales. He was at Faith Academy from 1959-1963, and graduated from Kings High in Seattle in 1965. In 1973-74, he studied the religion and customs of the Tawbuid tribe. His thesis, Tawbuid Plants and Ritual Complexes, and six subsequent articles in professional journals, are the only comprehensive published statements on this isolated tribal group of Eastern Mindoro, Philippines.
Dr. Pennoyer is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, a National Institute of Mental Health dissertation award, a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship (Cornell), a National Science Foundation Science for Citizens grant, and a Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grant. He worked for seven years (1975-1982) with one of the nation's largest multi-tribal councils, the Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington (STOWW). As the Executive Director of a staff of thirty, and an annual budget in excess of $1 million, he ran socio-economic, health, legal, and natural resource programs for 18 small tribes in Washington and Oregon. At Seattle Pacific University (1983-1991) he headed up the Intercultural Institute of Missions, a coordinative entity on campus that worked with the faculty, staff, and students at SPU to strengthen the missions program and to develop, promote and seek funding for missions and international programming.
He also ran a Greater Seattle annual missions conference, administered a Pew Foundation grant to internationalize the curriculum of Christian colleges, and acted as the recruiter and training host for an ESI summer program that sent people to China to teach English.
Dr. Pennoyer came to Biola from the Snohomish Free Methodist Church where he was the Senior Pastor (1991-1998). In 1997, he was…