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Center for Religious Studies

Wood Building, Room 124
Mailing address:
Martin 236, Warrensburg, MO 64093

Catherine Burris
Assistant Professor and Director
Phone: 660.543.8674


Mends, Albion,

Albion Mends, Jr. - originally from Ghana, West Africa.   Albion has traveled extensively on speaking and teaching engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Haiti, and Ghana.  His areas of concentration are history and religion.  An  authentic flavor of Ghana permeates his classes, lectures, and presentations through artifacts, African oral tradition, video, and printed materials.

Mends' Educational Background

He received a Bachelor of Science from Eastern New Mexico University, where he competed on the track teams for the University and represented Ghana in international competition winning numerous titles. Albion completed his master's degree at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in 1976.  After working for six years for the state of Missouri's Social Services, he went on to Midwestern Theological Seminary to receive a Master of Divinity in 1985.

Professional Activities and Honors

Under the pen name of 'Kojo Albion' he has written extensively for, a comprehensive resource on the country of Ghana.  Albion also visits Ghana almost every summer to lecture, do social work, and give what he can back to Ghana. He serves as a consultant to PANAFEST, a cultural celebration of Ghana; various web forums, and community projects.

Voted "Man of the Year" in 2003 by Zeta Phi Beta, he was also been awarded "The Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award" in 2005 by the Office of Community Engagement, both at UCM.

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