James Kissi-Ayittey Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

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  • Ph.D., Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Phil., Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • M.Th., Missiology, Presbyterian College & Theological Seminary, Seoul, S. Korea
  • M.A. Christian Ministry, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • B.A., Christian Ministry, Ghana Christian University


  • Licensed Minister with the International Central Gospel Churches


  • Senior Lecturer (non-resident) Central University, Accra, Ghana, 2010 - present
  • Owner/President, Cultural Diversity Competency Consultants, 2009 - present
  • Continuing Medical Education/Medical Grand Rounds, Speaker, 2009 - present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Azusa Pacific University, 2008
  • Tutor: Professional Tutors of America, 2007 - present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor: Hope International University, 2005 - present
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Teaching & Research Assistant, 2004 - 2007
  • Senior Lecturer, Central University College (Ghana), 1998 - 2001 


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Applied Cultural Diversity
  • The Church in Context
  • Cultural Anthropology for Ministry
  • Mission Theology


  • Member, European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism – GloPent
  • Member, Medical Education Speakers Network, California.


  • Globalization and Christian leadership development
  • Communication strategies in contemporary mission approach
  • Media communication and Culture
  • Cultural competency, Christian ministry and health care

“Mission in the City”, The Pathfinder, a Faculty Journal of Central University College.

“You Need A Church” The SEMI, a Students’ Journal of Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dissertation & Theses

  • Media-Based Christian Ministry: The Case of the Neo-Pentecostal Movement in Accra,-Tema, Ghana. PhD Dissertation, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007.
  • Global Processes and Local Realities: Mission Approaches among Pentecostal-Charismatics in Africa. MPhil Thesis, University of Birmingham, England.
  • Toward A City Youth Ministry: The Case of the International Central Gospel Church, Accra, Ghana. MTh Thesis, Graduate School of World Mission of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea, 1999.
  • Spiritual Warfare Approaches among Select Christian Groups in Kenya. M.A. Thesis, Daystar University, 1995. 

The following is a list of hospitals where Dr. Kissi-Ayittey has conducted presentations at Medical Grand Rounds for Continuing Medical Education (CME).  Topics include, “Cultural Diversity Update & Health Care”, “Culture, Communication & Health Disparity”, “What Health Care Professional Need to Understand about Culture and Religion When Interacting with Patients”, and “Spirituality and Health Care”.

  • Recent CME Presentations
    • Scripps Green Hospital, San Diego, January 4, 2012
    • Hoag Memorial Hospital & Research Center, Newport Beach, CA February 17, 2012
    • Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa, CA, March 9, 2012
    • Bakersfield Memorial Medical Center, Bakersfield, April 27, 2012
    • Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, July 26, 2013
    • Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA; March 2009
    • Monterey Park Community Hospital, Los Angeles, CA; May 2009
    • Lancaster Community Hospital, Lancaster, CA; January 2010
    • Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Los Angeles, CA; January 2010
    • Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside, CA; February 2010
    • Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove, CA; March 2010
    • Henry Mayo National Memorial Hospital, Valencia, CA; March 2010
    • Dameron Hospital Association, Stockton, CA; March 19, 2010
    • St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA; April 6, 2010
    • San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, CA; April 8, 2010
    • Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim, CA; April 13, 2010
    • Little Company Hospital of St. Mary’s, San Pedro, CA, April 22, 2010
    • St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center, Stockton, CA, May 18, 2010
    • San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, CA; July 22, 2010
    • Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa, CA September 17, 2010
    • Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, CA October 7, 2010
    • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, October 8, 2010
    • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA December 3, 2010
    • AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim, February 1, 2011
    • Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Inglewood, CA, February 23, 2011
    • Los Robles Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, April 1, 2011
    • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, April 14, 2011


Soccer, athletics, and being in motion – driving in the city at sundown with no destination in mind – just sight seeing and enjoying nature.  

From a Christian perspective, my philosophy of education is that a Christian liberal arts education does not necessarily delineate a special kind of education exclusively reserved for Christians. I believe that Christians should not see themselves as a special/segregated part of the rest of society, but rather an integral part where we live-out our faith and convictions in our capacities as students, teachers, or workers in a normal or secular school or working place.  To this effect therefore, I believe that the goal of a Christian liberal arts education is to support and challenge students in developing and using the gifts they have been given by God in a responsible way.