Michael L. Sweeney


 Michael L. Sweeney

E-mailsweeneym@esr.edu
Address2101 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28266
Phone704-366-5066
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President and Assistant Professor, Emmanuel School of Religion

B.A., Northwest Christian College,
M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion,
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia,

Mike Sweeney and his wife Linda first arrived on Emmanuel’s campus in the Fall of 1982. They had bicycled from Oregon to the East coast and back in to Johnson City. Mike completed his M.Div. studies at Emmanuel in 1985.

While at Emmanuel, Mike took a class from Dr. Charles Taber on Bible Translation. Through that class and Dr. Taber’s encouragement, Mike made contact with Pioneer Bible Translators and decided to go on for a Ph.D. in biblical studies to prepare to join PBT as a translation consultant. He completed his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1989 and went on to pursue further graduate studies in linguistics at the University of Texas in Arlington.

From 1991 to 2006 the Sweeneys worked in Papua New Guinea. Mike served as the primary translator in the Mum translation, and worked as a consultant for the other PBT translation projects there. In addition, the United Bible Societies named Mike as an Honorary Translation Advisor and called upon him to teach workshops as well as do consultant checking for some of their projects and present papers at their Triennial Translation Workshops. Mike also worked closely with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Papua New Guinea.

Mike and Linda have two boys, Christopher and Ryan. Mike enjoys playing trumpet and guitar, tinkering with ham radio and solar energy, and staying fit at a local gym.

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