Pierre Piccard knows the Middle East intimately; he has been a missionary there for most of his adult life. He has studied at Prairie Bible College, the Universities of Jordan, Istanbul, Syracuse, and South Africa, speaks Arabic and Turkish, and has degrees in Theology and Social Science. He teaches Theology, Cross-Cultural Communication and History of Christian/Muslim Relations at a theological institute in the region. Piccard is Canadian. His wife, Anna, is Irish. They have two teenage children.