About Hunter and Bala

Grateful husband and father of three amazing children. Fan of the New England Revolution MLS soccer team. Cultural anthropologist, post-colonial missionary, Presbyterian minister, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator.

616 N Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
USA

Hunter Farrell is the Director of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s World Mission Initiative. He worked for thirty-four years as a missionary (in DR Congo and Peru), mission leader (Director of World Mission for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.), and teacher of mission and intercultural studies (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary). He developed fluency in three languages (Spanish, French and Tshiluba) and earned his Master of Divinity in Cross-Cultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Diplôme d’études approfondies in religious anthropology at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris and a doctorate in anthropology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

While living overseas, he received more than sixty short-term mission groups and studied the complex and nuanced interactions between U.S. visitors and Congolese and Peruvian hosts. He has researched and written articles on congregational mission engagement that have been published in Missiology: An International Review, The Journal of Latin American Theology and Christianity Today. He speaks frequently to groups of congregational mission leaders to better understand their concerns and offer them tools to lead their congregations into more faithful and effective mission.


Dedicated husband to a gifted pastor and father of two strong daughters. Pastor, preacher, photographer, runner, dancer, and an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator.

Balajiedlang (Bala) Khyllep is the associate director of the World Mission Initiative (WMI) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). He grew up in Northeast India and belongs to the Khasi people group, an indigenous group that was evangelized by Welsh Presbyterian missionaries in the 1840s. As a product of missionary endeavors, he is keenly aware of the importance of being sensitive to cultural difference as we engage in God’s intercultural mission.

Bala received his Bachelor of Science degree from Shillong College, India, his Bachelor of Divinity from Serampore College, India, and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to joining WMI, he co-pastored a rural church along with his wife for four years in Britton, South Dakota. Khyllep had the privilege of serving many Christian mission endeavors in India and the United States, including the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), an orphanage in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), a rural Christian hospital in central India, and an after-school tutoring program for at-risk youth in New Jersey. Through spending most of his life working with people from cultures that are different from his own, he honed his skill in cross-cultural communication and witness. He regularly preaches and leads mission workshops in Pittsburgh-area churches and beyond.

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