Follow Christ, Lead the Way
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

Orientation staff

Incoming Campus Students Attend Summer Orientation

Orientation staff

Published: July 13, 2020

On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. OCU President Dr. Jon S. Kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of God’s story. Students and
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus
CampusVisitsArticle Photo

Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer

CampusVisitsArticle Photo

Published: June 4, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1:

Archived Articles of Interest

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
OCU Prepares Church and Community Leaders image

OCU Prepares Church and Community Leaders

OCU Prepares Church and Community Leaders image

Published: November 4, 2015

Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet involves all of us! For the church to impact society, there must be a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit, which radically changes men and women’s hearts toward God. From the prophet Isaiah to Saul on the road to Damascus, the Lord uses transformative experiences to inspire spiritual leaders. These leaders challenge entire generations to action. In Isaiah 6, Isaiah experienced a
Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet involves all of us! For the church to impact society, there must be a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit, which radically changes men and women’s hearts toward God. From the prophet Isaiah to
Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet