New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

by Office of Marketing | Sep 30, 2014
Don Cartledge
Don Cartledge
Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said.