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Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar.

Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology (New Testament) from Wheaton College. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Christology of Luke chapters 1 and 2 and its relationship to the rest of Luke and Acts.

“In the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel,” Friedeman explains, “characters in the narrative such as Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Zechariah call Jesus ‘Messiah,’ ‘Son of God,’ and ‘Lord.’ These features have put Luke 1–2 center stage in discussions of Lucan Christology, particularly the question of whether Luke presents Jesus as God. However, they also create a tension within the narrative, because in the body of the Gospel no one seems to know these things about Jesus—they have to be discovered. While some scholars explain this discontinuity by saying that the traditions in Luke 1–2 are much later than the rest of the gospel, I argue that Luke presents these chapters as a Christological mystery that the rest of his narrative unveils.”

Friedeman has been active in scholarship. He is editor of Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill (Pickwick, 2017), a volume to which he also contributed an essay. He has written articles for Lexham Bible Dictionary and contributed to Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader by Karen Jobes (Kregel, 2016). A number of his popular-level articles appear on Seedbed.com, and he has been featured in Seedbed’s Seven Minute Seminary series. He is currently editing a substantial reference volume and plans to publish his dissertation soon.

Friedeman has a deep love for the church and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, having served as Associate Pastor at DaySpring Community Church of the Nazarene (Clinton, MS) and Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Trinity Church of the Nazarene (Naperville, IL). 

Of many talents, Friedeman sings and plays acoustic and electric guitars and piano. He was a featured tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah and in 2013 sang a lead role in Les Misérables. Friedeman was a competitive powerlifter in high school and still hits the gym several times per week to stay in shape.

“At OCU,” says Friedeman, “I want to shape the hearts and minds of students to prepare them to be witnesses for Christ both here and around the world.” Dr. Friedeman is currently teaching Acts, Hermeneutics of the New Testament, and Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, and is starting a discipleship group to create a space for mentoring students outside the classroom.

Articles of Interest

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

OCU Welcomes Students at Orientation Day 2019

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

Published: June 14, 2019

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue academic excellence and to, above all, grow in Christ. Jones also gave a warm welcome to the students saying, “We here are family, and your faculty members here truly care about you the student and
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to
2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement image

2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement

2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement image

Published: May 5, 2019

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates invited to the Ohio ceremony that earned their degrees. Kristen Muzzy was the 2019 Commencement Address speaker. Muzzy is the President and co-founder of the World Alliance for the Volunteer Economy or WAVE. As a survivor of human trafficking, Muzzy spoke about God’s love and the plan He had for her trials in bringing her closer to Him. In her early life, she felt like the
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates invited to the Ohio ceremony that earned their degrees. Kristen Muzzy was the 2019 Commencement Address speaker. Muzzy is the President and co-founder of the World Alliance for the
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master
On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You?

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

Published: April 26, 2019

by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and Setting When you consider going away to college, it is important to not only consider the qualities of the school but also the location and the setting. How far away from home is optimal? Do you want
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus
Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day!

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Published: April 18, 2019

April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service attitude taught at OCU.  With help from Volunteer Economy and RPHF Solid Waste District, students were equipped to effectively serve and feel prepared to do so. Students served in various capacities
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400
Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion

Archived Articles of Interest

Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Published: January 14, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource. Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a diverse group of peers and professors. Students have many baccalaureate program options: Biblical Studies, Church Planting, Organizational Leadership,
Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource. Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to
Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource.
University Recognized as a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree Program image

University Recognized as a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree Program

University Recognized as a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree Program image

Published: November 18, 2019

Press Release from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: Ohio Christian University has been named a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree recipient for 2019.  Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a diverse group of peers and professors. For those interested in earning the Master’s degree, OCU also offers an impressive Master of Arts in Ministry program, with its own concentration options, to
Press Release from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: Ohio Christian University has been named a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree recipient for 2019.  Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a
Press Release from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: Ohio Christian University has been named a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree recipient for 2019.  Students in Ohio Christian University’s
Religion Dept. Event Connects Students and Faculty   image

Religion Dept. Event Connects Students and Faculty

Religion Dept. Event Connects Students and Faculty   image

Published: December 14, 2015

Every fall, faculty and students from the Ohio Christian University Religion Department come together for Christian Ministry Connect (CM Connect). The interaction between the professors and students foster fellowship, encourage discipleship and provide an opportunity for everyone to catch the vision of ministering the grace of God through the good news of the gospel to a world broken by sin. This annual event provides the opportunity for ministry students to acquaint themselves with the different majors and activities offered by the department and to connect with professors and
Every fall, faculty and students from the Ohio Christian University Religion Department come together for Christian Ministry Connect (CM Connect). The interaction between the professors and students foster fellowship, encourage discipleship and provide an opportunity for everyone to catch the vision of ministering the grace of God through the good news of the gospel to a world broken by sin
Every fall, faculty and students from the Ohio Christian University Religion Department come together for Christian Ministry Connect (CM Connect). The interaction between the professors and
OCU Hosts Mission Emphasis Week 2015 image

OCU Hosts Mission Emphasis Week 2015

OCU Hosts Mission Emphasis Week 2015 image

Published: November 24, 2015

The Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department, in partnership with World Gospel Mission, hosts an annual missions conference during a week focused on global missions, called Missions Emphasis Week. Professor Jamey Gremillion (OCU’s Intercultural Ministries Program Director), Andrea Williamson (WGM’s Student Involvement Director), and Dr. David Lattimer (Missions Superintendent for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union) worked tirelessly to expand the global perspective of our students and to challenge them to be a part of the Great Commission call of the church. God used
The Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department, in partnership with World Gospel Mission, hosts an annual missions conference during a week focused on global missions, called Missions Emphasis Week. Professor Jamey Gremillion (OCU’s Intercultural Ministries Program Director), Andrea Williamson (WGM’s Student Involvement Director), and Dr. David Lattimer (Missions Superintendent for the
The Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department, in partnership with World Gospel Mission, hosts an annual missions conference during a week focused on global missions, called Missions Emphasis
OCU Launches Toler Leadership Institute  image

OCU Launches Toler Leadership Institute

OCU Launches Toler Leadership Institute  image

Published: November 23, 2015

Today, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce the launch of the Stan Toler Leadership Institute— the flagship project of Toler Leadership in partnership with Ohio Christian University. Rev. David Dean will lead the institute as the Church Relations Director, adding a new resource tailored to developing leaders. Through the Toler Leadership Institute, Dean and Toler will work to strengthen the tie between Ohio Christian, the local church, and OCU students. The launch will consist of lunch, a meet and greet with Stan Toler, and conclude with a lecture, Intentional
Today, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce the launch of the Stan Toler Leadership Institute— the flagship project of Toler Leadership in partnership with Ohio Christian University. Rev. David Dean will lead the institute as the Church Relations Director, adding a new resource tailored to developing leaders. Through the Toler Leadership Institute, Dean and Toler will work to
Today, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce the launch of the Stan Toler Leadership Institute— the flagship project of Toler Leadership in partnership with Ohio Christian University