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Kenneth Nehrbass, Ph.D.

Director of Special Projects

Office Phone: (951) 552-8720
Office Location: LARM, 51G
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Intercultural Studies Biola University June 2010
M.Div. Divinity Anderson School of Theology June 1999
MA Education Biola Unviersity December 2020
BA Classical Civilization University of California, Irvine June 1995
  • Courses Taught

    EDU 501
    CST 381

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Associate Professor of Global Studies at Liberty University
    Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Biola University
    Assistant Professor of International Studies at Belhaven University
    Adjunct Professor of Missions at BH Carroll Seminary
    Adjunct Professor of Religion at Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Nehrbass, K. (2021). Advanced Missiology: How to study missions in credible and useful ways. Eugene, OR: Cascade.

    Nehrbass, K. (2016). God’s image and global cultures: Integrating theology and culture. Eugene, OR: Cascade.

    (2012). Nakwakwa kape Kughen [New Testament in the Southwest Tanna language]. (K. Nehrbass, J. Aiyoh, K. Yo, et. al., Trans.). Orlando, FL: Wycliffe Bible Translators.

    Nehrbass, K. (2012). Christianity and animism in Melanesia: Four approaches to Gospel and Culture. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library Press.

    Nehrbass, K. (2012). A comparison of lexemes in the major languages of Tanna (Vanuatu). Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

    Nehrbass, K. (2009). Anthropological field guide for Vanuatu. Port Vila, Vanuatu: SIL Vanuatu.


    Nehrbass, K, Arrington, A, and Santos, N. (Eds.). (2021). Advancing models of mission. Littleton, CO: William Carey Publishing.

    Nehrbass, K., Williams, M. (Eds.). (2021). The Life and Impact of Phil Parshall: Connecting with Muslims. Littleton, CO: William Carey Publishing.

    Chinne, Z. and Nehrbass, K. (2020). A Vernacular Theology of the Cross in Nigeria’s Middle Belt: How Hymns Strengthen the Church Amid Religiously-motivated Violence. In J. Ireland and M. Raven (Eds.), Practicing Hope: Missions and Global Crises (pp. 1-18). Littleton, CO: William Carey Publishing.

    Nehrbass, K. (2016). The impact of images of US Americans on mission strategy” In E. Smither and R. Scheuermann (Eds.), Controversies in Mission: EMS monograph series (pp. 142-164). Littleton, CO: William Carey Library Press.


    Nehrbass, K, Murcray, T., and Morris, E. (2022). Flexibility Within Structure: Factors Contributing to Faculty Perceptions of Autonomy and Standardization in Course Design and Delivery. Journal of Applied Instructional Design, 11 (3).

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). Not just the Sinner’s Prayer: People’s Experiences with “Stranger-Evangelism. Great Commission Research Journal. 14(2), 45-64.

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). Taking the fear factor out of faith integration: Four approaches. Journal of Faith in the Academic Profession, 1(1), 13-24.

    Nehrbass, K. and Rhoades, J. (2021). Jesus’ Use of Experiential Learning in the Sending of the Seventy: Implications for Ministry Internships. Christian Education Journal, 18(1), 74–88.

    Nehrbass, K. and Nehrbass, D. (2020). Social transactions or Christian ministry?: International and customary adoption in Vanuatu. On Knowing Humanity, 4(2), 16-29.

    Nehrbass, K. (2019). Profile of a Missiologist: Tom Steffen. Occasional Bulletin, 33(1), 1-10.

    Poon, R. and Nehrbass, K. (2019). An Evaluation of Holy Yoga as a Contextualized Strategy for Reaching Hindus. Global Missiology, 2(16).

    Nehrbass, K. and Dunaetz, D. (2018) A Multiple Motives Theory of Church and Missionary Relationships. Missiology, 46(4), 388-406.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). Managing Missionary Identity in the Digital Age: How Missionaries Utilize Digital Media among Multiple Social Groups. Missiology, 46(2), 183-195.

    Edwards, L. and Nehrbass, K. (2017). Higher Education as Mission. Great Commission Research Journal, 9(1), 71-80.

    Gong, W. and Nehrbass, K. (2017). Reaching out to diaspora Chinese in East Africa: Barriers and Bridges. Missiology, 45(3), 236-251.

    Nehrbass, K. (2017). Melanesian morality and biblical virtues. Melanesian Journal of Theology, 32(2), 81-102.

    Nehrbass, K. (2016). Does missiology have three legs to stand on? The upsurge of interdisciplinarity. Missiology, 44(1), 50-65.

    Nehrbass, K. (2014). Do Multilingual Speakers Understand the Bible Best in Their Heart Language? A Tool for Comparing Comprehension of Translations in Vernacular Languages and Languages of Wider Communication. Bible Translator, 65(1), 88-103.

    Nehrbass, K. (2014) The half-life of missiological facts. Missiology, 42(3), 284-292.

    Nehrbass, K. (2012). Korean Missiology: A Survey of dissertations and theses from Western Institutions. Reformed Life Theology and Mission. 2, 149-173.

    Nehrbass, K. (2012). Translator’s toolbox: How Bible translation techniques can help anyone communicate the Gospel cross-culturally. Evangelical Missions Quarterly, (April), 198-204.

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). Dealing with Disaster: Critical contextualization of misfortune in an animistic setting. Missiology, 39(4), 459-471.

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). Formal Theological Education in Vanuatu: Hopes, challenges and solutions. Melanesian Journal of Theology, 27(2), 54-72.

    Nehrbass, K. (2007). God's Story. Word&Deed, 6(2).

    Nehrbass, K. (2007). Megabenefits from Megavoice. Word&Deed, 6(2).


    Nehrbass, K. (2018). Interpreting the Bible in Oceania. In M. Lamport (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. 393-394). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). Leadership in Oceania. In M. Lamport (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (p. 454). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). Acculturation. In M. Lamport (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. 2-4). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). Vanuatu. In M. Lamport (ed.), Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South, (pp. 835-838). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Nehrbass, K. (2013). The Haystack Revival. In D. Mitchell & E. Hindson (Eds.), Popular Encyclopedia of Christian History (pp. 170-171). Eugene, OR: Harvest House.


    Nehrbass, K. (2022). [Review of the book Reimagining the Student Experience.] Christian Education Journal, 19(2), 340-343.

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). [Review of the book Cultural Intelligence.] Great Commission Research Journal, 14(2), 147-149.

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). [Review of the book When everything is mission.] Great Commission Research Journal, 14(1), 119-121.

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). [Review of the book Nurturing Faith.] Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 58(3) 73.

    Nehrbass, K. (2022). [Review of the book Fundamentalist U.] Journal of Faith in the Academic Profession, 1(1), 54

    Nehrbass, K. (2021). [Review of the book The Culture Map: Breaking through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business.] Great Commission Research Journal, 13(2), 109-110.

    Nehrbass, K. (2020). [Review of the book Cultural insights for Christian leaders: New directions for organizations serving God’s mission.] Mission Studies, 37(2), 309.

    Nehrbass, K. (2019). [Review of the book The Scandal of Evangelism] Mission Studies, 36(3), 46-47.

    Nehrbass, K. (2019). [Review of the book White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white] Occasional Bulletin, 32(2), 48.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). [Review of the book Aneityum: Missionary Methods and the Theology of mission]. Missiology, 46(3), 296–297.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). [Review of the book Transforming Missiology: An alternative approach to missiological education]. Mission Studies, 35(3), 467-469.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). [Review of the book Cross Cultural Discipleship] Great Commission Research Journal, 9(2), 277-279.

    Nehrbass, K. (2018). [Review of the book The Souls of China: The return of religion after Mao] Mission Studies, 35(2), 293-294.

    Nehrbass, K. (2017). [Review of the book Living in the family of Jesus] Mission Studies, 34(3), 423-424.

    Nehrbass, K. (2017). [Review of the book On Knowing Humanity: Insights from Theology for Anthropology] On Knowing Humanity, 1(1), 48-49.

    Nehrbass, K. (2017). [Review of the book Mary, the devil and taro: Catholicism and women’s work in a Micronesian society.] Mission Studies, 34(1), 133-134.

    Nehrbass, K. (2016.) [Review of the book Pacific Futures: projects, politics, Interests] Missiology, 44 (1), 116-117.

    Nehrbass, K. (2015). [Review of the book The Dema and the Christ] Mission Studies, 32(3), 456-457.

    Nehrbass, K. (2015). [Review of the book Critical Christianity: Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea]. Missiology, 43(4), 488-489.

    Nehrbass, K. (2013). [Review of the book Multilingual God]. Missiology, 41(3), 359-360.

    Nehrbass, K. (2012) [Review of the book Summoning the Powers Beyond: Traditional Religions in Micronesia]. Missiology, 40(4), 486.

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). [Review of the book Sanguma in Paradise: Sorcery, Witchcraft and Christianity in Papua New Guinea, Point No. 33]. Missiology, 39(3), 248-249.

    Nehrbass, K. (2010). [Review of the book Gender, Christianity and Change in Vanuatu]. Missiology, 38(3), 361-362.

    Nehrbass, K. (2009). [Review of the book In God's Image: The metaculture of Fijian Christianity]. Missiology, 37(3), 429-430.


    Nehrbass, K. (2012). “Six language Tanna Dictionary Published.” Daily Post, (April 7).

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). “Technology in Translation: Bible software developments and the internet make the work seamless.” Beyond Words, (Autumn).

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). “More than a volcano: Other must sees on Tanna.” Island Spirit, 54 (April-June). pp. 42-43.

    Nehrbass, K. (2011). “Trucks and Translation.” Rev 7, 6 (Winter) pp. 2-4.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Crosspoint Huntington Beach (Southern Baptist)

  • Personal Philosophy

    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. (Psalm 67:4)