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Dennis Cheek, Ph.D

Senior Faculty

Professor of Innovation in Global Theology and Ministry


Director - The Center for Innovation in Global Theology and Ministry


A bi-vocational minister by calling, Dennis established and/or pastored churches in several US states and has ministered on four continents. He has taught or supervised students from baccalaureate to doctoral programs in 17 academic institutions in 10 countries including the University of Pennsylvania, National University of Singapore, Pennsylvania State University, IESEG School of Management, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Continental Theological Seminary. He held numerous leadership positions at the state education departments of New York and Rhode Island, National Creativity Network (NCN), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), John Templeton Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He co-founded numerous non-governmental organizations including the NCN, Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (Singapore), Times2 Academy (STEM charter school in USA), and the international Campbell Collaboration (Norway). He conceived the Global Entrepreneurship Congress of the Global Entrepreneurship Network when a vice president at the Kauffman foundation. He served on the boards of more than 35 regional, national, or international nonprofit organizations. Dennis has worked in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas advising or consulting with business and social enterprise startups, large family businesses, churches and religious organizations, corporations, educational and cultural organizations, foundations, private banks, sovereign wealth funds, museums, scientific and technical organizations, universities and university alliances, and local, regional, national, and international governance organizations.


Cheek is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Religious Research Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, and the Wesleyan Theological Society. He is a Fellow of both AAAS (2009) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, 2019). He was admitted into the Society of Ordained Scientists (1999); an ecumenical order of scientists-clergy in the global Anglican communion. Dennis has a BA, history and secondary education, Towson University; BS, biology, Excelsior College; MA, history, University of Maryland Baltimore County; PhD, curriculum and instruction/science education, The Pennsylvania State University, and an interdisciplinary PhD in theology and technology, Durham University. He is enrolled in the Paris School of Business DBA program focusing on strategy, creativity, and innovation. He has authored, edited, or contributed to over 840 publications and multimedia products; served on editorial or manuscript review boards for 17 peer-reviewed journals and 8 practitioner publications, and is a former editor of the Journal of Technology Studies.

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