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Matthew Hirt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

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I serve as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at North Greenville University. I have missions experience on three continents and nearly two decades of church planting and revitalization experience in both North American and cross-cultural contexts.

Research Interests

First and foremost, I am a disciple-maker. My research, while occasionally theoretical, always has an eye towards practical application in the local church or mission field. 

My research path began while trekking through the Himalayas working to share the gospel with an unreached people group. I began to see that people groups are far more complex than ethno-linguistic divisions. More significantly, I wanted know how Scripture distinguishes nations from one another. Since missions is a biblical-theological task, our definitions should have biblical-theological foundations.

More recently, I am interested in the missionary efforts of the global church and how Western, African, and Asian Christians can partner together as we fulfill the Great Commission together.




Matthew Hirt. Peoples and Places: How Geography Impacts Missions Strategy. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2022.

George Robinson, Editor and Matthew Hirt, Assistant Editor. Generational Disciple-Making: How Ordinary Followers of Jesus Are Transformed

Regular Contributor to Upstream Collective.

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