Lester Hirst
Ph.D. Academic Coordinator

Dr. Lester Hirst has completed a Ph.D. in Adult Education Studies (Trinity International University), an MDiv in Theology and Missions (Denver Seminary), and a BA in Bible and Missions (Southwestern College). Dr. Hirst joins us from Tennessee where he is semi-retired after 42 years of cross-cultural ministry, creating church-based leadership development and discipleship programs in Latin America, Asia, and the US. He served as Chair of the Department of Cross-cultural Studies and Spiritual Life Director at Arizona Bible College, and Chaplain of the Adult Continuing Education Division of Judson College. He has taught a wide range of courses, including Ethnic America, Cross-cultural communications (among many other missions courses), the Gospel of John, Research, and Spanish. He brings to BGU extensive experience in developing leaders, executive leadership, change management, and program and project management. Dr. Hirst has a global ministry, having taught workshops and seminars on all six continents. Life-long learning is his passion and brings that passion to learners in every class.

  • Ph.D. Trinity International University 1994 - Dissertation: “Church planting teams: a study of member characteristics and experiences related to effective teamwork”

  • M.Div. Missions Emphasis, Denver Seminary 1976

  • B.A. Bible and Missions Emphasis, Southwestern College 1973

Research - Interest:
  • Intercultural Studies

  • Teams and Teamwork

  • Non-formal Education

  • Innovation and Change

  • Leadership development

  • Qualitative Research

  • Mentoring

  • Missionary Member Care

Projects - Papers - Presentations:
  • “Servant Leadership Path” (Learner and Facilitator Manuals in French, Spanish, and English), Compassion International

  • Corrientes,” Bi-vocational Missionary Training Curriculum

  • “Day of Prayer and Vision” interactive CD

  • “El Fruto del Espíritu Santo” (10 workbook series)

  • “Mentoring in a Multicultural Environment,”  CLA

  • “Change Management,” 3-part course

  • “5 Languages of Appreciation” – Workshop

  • “Developing Yourself and Others – Leadership Principles,”

  • “Trust relationships and Language Learning,”  ICLL

  • “Leadership Development and Spirituality,” NMTF

  • “Internet Strategies for Learning,” IFMA/EFMA Personnel Conference

  • “Church-based leadership training,” World Venture

Membership - Associations - Leadership:
  • International Christian Mentoring Network (ICMN) (2006-2012)

  • ATD (Local and National, 2010-2016)

  • EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society)

  • ICLL (International Congress on Language Learning) (2003, 2006, 2011)

  • CLA (Christian Leadership Alliance)

  • Missio Nexus (Formerly EFMA/IFMA)