Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Missions


Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen is an associate professor of missions, having previously taught for 18 years in Africa and the U.S. From 1997-2005, he worked with the Evangelical Free Church of America International Mission (now called Reach Global) and taught at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (now called African International University, AIU). As associate professor of missiology and chair of the Missions Department, he led the development of a missions emphasis within the M.A., M.Div., and M.Th. degrees, as well as an M.A. program in Islamic Studies.  Dr. Mekonenn has also taught at Denver Seminary for about eight years. For the last three decades, he has served the Lord as an evangelist, pastor, teacher and missionary.

Dr. Mekonnen has published three theological books in the Amharic language, the national language of Ethiopia. He has also coauthored one book in English and has published Culture Change in Ethiopia: An Evangelical Perspective. Wipf & Stock, 2013, ISBN: 978-1625645166.

He holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, an M.A. in Missions and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary; an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Communication from Assemblies of God Graduate School of Theology; and a B.Th. from East Africa School of Theology.

Academic Research
Leadership & Missions


Culture Change in Ethiopia: An Evangelical Perspective

The West and China in Africa: Civilization without Justice

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Jeffrey Anderson, Ph.D.

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James Flynn, D.Min.

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