Matthew Friedman, Ph.D.

Program Director and Professor of Global Ministry

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Matthew Friedman grew up in a secular Jewish household. When he was 17, he came to faith in Jesus. A year later, he felt God calling him into ministry. Over the next several years, he ministered amongst Muslims in South Asia.

After serving in South Asia for a total of 18 years, in 2012, Dr. Friedman became the program director for Intercultural Studies at Oak Hills Christian College. In 2013, he completed his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. His soon-to-be published dissertation is titled "Union with God in Christ: Early Christian and Wesleyan Spirituality as an Approach to Islamic Mysticism."

Thrilled to be teaching at Kingswood, Dr. Friedman desires to see students enter into long-term, cross-cultural service both here in North America and abroad. He says,

My focus here at Kingswood is to raise up the next generation of scholar-practitioners to go into the majority world, particularly to Muslim communities, and live out the Good News.

Dr. Friedman is married to Chandra and has one son Eli, currently studying at Houghton College. He enjoys his coffee, the spiritual classics, Charles Wesley's hymns, J.R.R. Tolkien,  and artsy films.

Education

2013 – Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies), Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: "Union with God in Christ: Early Christian and Wesleyan Spirituality as an Approach to Islamic Mysticism."
2005 – M.Div., Asian Institute of Theology/ACTS Academy of Higher Education, Bangalore, India
2006 – B.A. (Psychology), Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT
2002 – A.A., Thomas A. Edison State College, Trenton, NJ

Courses Taught

  • Biblical Foundations of Mission
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Global Christianity
  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Introduction to Missions
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Linguistics
  • Practical Issues in Missionary Preparation
  • Spiritual Conflict Resolution
  • World Religions
  • Worldview

Books

Union with God in Christ: Early Christian and Wesleyan Spirituality as an Approach to Islamic Mysticism. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (forthcoming 2017).

Contact Information

Phone: 506.432.4462
Fax: 506.432.4425
Email: friedmanm@kingswood.edu
Office Location: Edgett Hall

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