Growing up in another religious tradition, Dr. Friedman began following Jesus when he was 17 years of age, sensing a call into ministry a year later. Serving in the Latin-American community in the Los Angeles area for two years, and then in the South Asia for 18 years, he has continued with to seek both to reach those who have never heard the gospel.

I am excited to be teaching at Kingswood University, focused on raising up the next generation of scholar-practitioners to live out and proclaim the gospel interculturally with excellence in communities wherever God would guide them. This is both around the world, but also in diaspora communities of immigrants and refugees here in North America.

Having completed his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary in 2013, he has taught in classrooms and field settings throughout North America as well as in Asia, South America and Europe. He has a particular focus on the Muslim world, and his research has focused on the world of Islamic mysticism, as well as trends of secularization in diaspora communities.

Dr. Friedman is married to Chandra, who is from India, and they have one son, Eli. He enjoys his coffee, great books, exploring world cultures, and Charles Wesley’s hymns and other sorts of loud music. He also has a weakness for all things related to Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

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 Missions
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • History of World Christianity
  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Introduction to Missions
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to the Muslim World
  • Practical Issues for Cross-Cultural 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, 2017

Book Chapters:

“A Macarian-Wesleyan Theology of Mission,” in Witnessing to Christ in Diverse Contexts. Edited by Sunglemmeren Kijong Imchen and Asangla Lemtur. Delhi: ISPCK, 2019.

“Millennial Islam and Secularization: Witness Among the Next Generation of Muslims: Some Preliminary Thoughts,” in Canadian Perspectives on Mission and Evangelism in a Secularizing World. Edited by Narry Santos and Mark Naylor. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019.

“Islam, Cousins in Faith,” in Your Neighbor’s Religion. Edited by Terry Swan and Dennis Crump. Belleville, ON, Canada: Essence, 2017.

“How the West Was Won: World Christianity as Historic Reality.” In Teaching Mission in an Age of World Christianity: The 2016 Proceedings of the Association of Professors of Mission. Edited by Robert Danielson. Wilmore, KY: First Fruits Press, 2017.

Entries for Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Ed. George Thomas Kurian & Mark Lamport (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016): “Hyman Appleman,” “William Ward Ayer,” “Robert Barclay,” “Bruce Fairchild Barton,” “Moses Chow,” “Peter Ernest Dietz,” “Dennis Dougherty,” “William Goodell,” and “Daniel Kauffman.”

“Back to the Future: Nineteenth Century Foundations of Messianic Judaism,” in Lalsangkima Pachuau & Knud Jørgensen, ed., Witnessing to Christ in a Pluralistic Age.Edinburgh 2010 Series, Vol. 7. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2011, 204-213.