Dr. Ian Dicks
BA, Dip Theol, PhD
Lecturer in InterCultural Studies
Ian Dicks is an Australian who has lived and served in Malawi for the last 20 years. Ian together with his wife Wendy, has served with Global Interaction amongst the Yawo people.
Ian Dicks is an expert in the field of intercultural communications: people relating to people who are different in language, customs and beliefs. For him, this is the essence of Christian mission: in the New Testament, in other countries, but also in our own streets and neighbourhood.
Ian has undertaken ground-breaking research in the language of the Yawo people and is currently working on a dictionary of that language. He has a passion for enabling people to learn how to relate to those whose language, traditions and experience are different from our own.
He has been helping the staff of Global Interaction to engage with these challenges, and upon his return to Australia will be sharing these skills with people studying at Whitley. He has been an adjunct teacher at the University of Malawi. He has also worked in local community development projects and leadership training.
This is a shared appointment with Global Interaction: Ian will continue assisting the work in Malawi for some months each year. The balance of the year will be spent teaching at Whitley College. Ian will teach from his expertise in understanding and relating to Muslim people, Contextual Mission, and in InterCultural Communication. He would love also to lead a study trip to Malawi!
Please pray for him, for Wendy, Simeon and Benjamin as they prepare for this very significant change in their lives.