President Talla

Our desire to be a Development Academy means we have a special mission: to serve a diverse urban and rural population through economic development, social progress, and community outreach. Because of this special role, our students will have many opportunities to apply classroom learning to real life situations in their community.

Our special mission means you are about to embark on a great adventure-an adventure that can and will change your life. You will not be alone on this journey.

Many people shared my journey, the journey that brought me to this point in my life. I grew up in Melong, Nkongsamba in Cameroon. I gave my life to Jesus Christ at 17 years of age, and became a pastor at 20. I have been a full-time pastor for 28 years. During that time, I trained more than 500 ministers for the African Independent Churches (AIC). But several key leaders the Lord placed along my way challenged me to think big, and with their support and guidance, I went on to University. I was fortunate to meet Dr. Dale Kietzman there who continued to encourage my efforts, and so I began Dale Kietzman Academy.

Dr. Andre TallaI couldn’t have done all this without the support of my community – my facilitators, colleagues, friends and family. It took hard work, faith in Christ, and people who cared about me.

Today you become a part of an even larger community – the community of DKA. Like all communities, ours has a culture and a set of community values. We value civility, pride, open-mindedness, and civic engagement. We value and encourage your participation as an active citizen in this community.

You’ll have options. Take advantage of them! That’s what an education is all about: developing yourself as a whole person. Understand your role in society. Meet challenges with an open mind, free of preconceived notions. Use what you learn to improve your campus, your community, and your world. That’s what it means to be a part of something larger than you…a member of the Dale Kietzman Academy community.

Andre Talla, M.A, D.D.
President, Dale Kietzman Academy

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