Paul Pierson is the former Dean, School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary and former Professor of History of Mission and Latin American Studies at Fuller. He was Associate Provost there from 1992 to 1993, and currently he is Senior Professor, History of Mission. From 1955-73 he was a Presbyterian Church (USA) missionary, fifteen of those years having been spent in Brazil (Corumba and Recife). Dr. Pierson has also served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fresno, Ca. (1973-80) and as interim pastor at the following Presbyterian Churches: Bel Air (1993-95), La Canada (2001-03), and Hollywood (2009-10). He has authored or co-edited several books. His academic degrees are from The University of California, Berkeley (B.S., Chemical Engineering) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). He and his wife, Rosemary, have four children and nine grandchildren.