Kwasi Yirenkyi received his PhD in Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. He joined the Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1986 and was a full professor in the Religious Studies Department.
Yirenkyi’s research interests include religion and politics, charismatic churches, and religion and immigrant congregations. He published several book chapters and journal articles on church and political development, the charismatic churches, the church and modernization, African ethics, personhood, development and co-wrote a book chapter on atheism and secularity in Ghana. Among the courses he taught were African Religions; American Religious Development; Christianity, Religion, and Culture: Their Interaction; and World Scriptures.
Yirenkyi served as coordinator of the Pan African Studies minor program. He served on several university committees and was a past chair of the University Sabbatical Committee.
Yirenkyi is a native of Ghana and is an ordained Presbyterian clergyman. He has served on regional and national levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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Yirenkyi’s retirement celebrations.