Thomas J Sappington


  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • Chair, Department of Missions and Intercultural Studies, Talbot School of Theology

Dr. Tom Sappington was involved in pastoral ministry for 9 years before being called to ministry in the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, where he and his wife served for 15 years in Central Java. During his years in Indonesia, he taught various courses in New Testament, Spiritual Conflict and Pastoral Ministry at 6 branches of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia. In addition, he founded "Ambassadors of Renewal," a ministry that brings renewal, healing and deliverance to pastors and other church leaders in Indonesia, and trains them to use these ministries in the context of their local church. In his teaching at Biola and Talbot, he combines a strong background in biblical and theological studies and pastoral ministry with his years of cross-cultural experience. He has written four books and enjoys sharing his passion for missions with students in any part of the world. He and his wife, Katy, live in Huntington Beach, and have been blessed with two sons, Chris and Joel, and one daughter, Amanda.

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