Joanne Pepper

Joanne Pepper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies


  • Joanne began her studies at Western Pentecostal Bible College (now Summit Pacific College), then went on to obtain a Master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Further studies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and fieldwork in Pernambuco, Brazil, led to the completion of her Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, in Great Britian.
  • Dr. Joanne Pepper has served as Dean of CPS since Fall 2004.
  • Having lived and worked in numerous missionary contexts, she brings expertise in biblical studies and contextualized theology, missiology, world faiths, English as a Second Language teaching and training, plus a variety of cross-cultural experience to the Seminary.
  • Joanne's heart is that individuals with a vocational calling would share a concern for presenting the biblical Christ to all peoples, embracing cultural diversity as a God-given opportunity for varied and significant ministries to arise from within the local church to reach friends and neighbours--and ultimately, the world-at-large.
  • During and following the completion of her studies, Joanne spent terms of ministry in Latin America and in the former Soviet Union.
  • As well, she has served on the faculty of Summit Pacific College and Trinity Western University.
  • Joanne is married to Slava Petlitsa, who shares her heart for celebrating all cultures. Together they have been involved in ministry in Eastern Europe and Central America, and serve in a local Spanish congregation in Abbotsford BC.