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Annette R. Harrison


Assistant Professor, Intercultural Studies

B.A. Northwestern College (Iowa)
Diplome Superieur d’Etudes Françaises Modernes, Alliance Française (Paris)
Certificate in Linguistic Studies, Summer Institute of Linguistics (Texas)
M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Ministry Experience

  • A member of Wycliffe Bible Translators for 23 years, served in France, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Niger, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic
  • Volunteer English tutor with Broadway Life Center
  • Enjoys opportunities to help lead worship through music and the arts

Professional Overview

  • Studied people groups in west and central Africa in order to recommend Bible translation priorities
  • Taught linguistics for Bible translation in Oregon, British Columbia and Central African Republic
  • Gave presentations to missionary colleagues in Central African Republic, Kenya, Thailand and Malaysia
  • Has conducted sociocultural research using French, Jula, Zarma, Fulfulde, Colloquial Arabic and Lingala


Papers and book reviews in historical linguistics (French), interactional sociolinguistics (Fulfulde, Lingala), dialectology (Fulfulde), and sociocultural research methods (Fulfulde, Lingala).


Married to Byron Harrison since 1985. Has 22 nieces and nephews from 0-21 years old. Was adopted into two African families, and helps with the children’s education.

Enjoys reading, long conversations with her husband, walking, spiritual discussions with friends, some gardening, and playing with her dog, Toby.

Some favorite quotes:

“It is a tremendous thing about Jesus that the more we know him the greater he becomes. The trouble with human relationships is that often the better we know a person the more we know his weaknesses and his failings; but the more we know Jesus, the greater the wonder becomes; and that will be true, not only in time, but also in eternity.” (William Barclay, Church of Scotland minister, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow)

“Basic research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” (Wernher von Braun, rocket physicist and astronautics engineer, the preeminent rocket scientist of the 20th century)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.” (Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist)

"We become what we think about all the time and if the Lord is given access to our thoughts in only a brief time of prayer each day, we will become less than the persons He intends us to be." (Lloyd John Ogilvie, Presbyterian minister, Chaplain of the United States Senate 1995-2003)