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AGTS News: REACHING AMERICAN MUSLIMS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH

George WoodDr. Mark Hausfeld was inaugurated the 2007-2008 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions on October 10, 2007. His first lecture, entitled "Islam in America: Understanding and Engaging Diaspora Muslims Through the Local Church" discussed the history and sociology of Muslims in America; Islam's intentions for the United States and how the local church can reach Muslims in America in intentional and missiological ways.

Hausfeld's second lecture on November 14, 2007, entitled "Islam in America: Developing Strategy to Reach Diaspora Muslims through the Local Church, Part 1" featured a case study analysis of successful ministry to Muslims in North America with an emphasis on the practical aspects of ministry.

His third lecture on February 12, 2008, "Islam in America: Developing Strategy to Reach Diaspora Muslims Through the Local Church, Part 2" emphasizes the need to reach Muslims as they congregate in urban areas within the United States and highlights a local-church ministry reaching Indian and Pakistani Muslims in a large metropolitan context.

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About Dr. Mark A. Hausfeld

Dr. Hausfeld currently serves as area director for Central Eurasia, leading all AGWM efforts across the 10 nations of Central Eurasia. In addition to administration and strategic leadership, his missionary work has ranged across a wide variety of activities, from teaching in theological schools to opening drug rehabilitation centers to leading relief and development work to facilitating short-term missions teams for college students. Before entering foreign missionary service in 1992, Dr. Hausfeld was a pastor in Chicago, serving as associate pastor at Southside Tabernacle before planting Maranatha AG, in the city of Chicago. He also served on the Chicago Commission for Human Relations.

Dr. Hausfeld has served as an adjunct faculty member at AGTS since 2002 and teaches an annual class on Intercultural Urban Ministry in Chicago that exposes students directly to urban missions in the United States. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. Together with his wife, Lynda, and Ken Horn, he is the author of Silk Road Stories: Amazing Tales of God’s Work in an Ancient Land (Onward Books, 2005). He recently contributed a chapter, “Ministry in Hostile Areas” to the book Java and Justice: Journeys in Pentecostal Missions Education, edited by B. Brenneman, W. R. Brookman and N. Muhovich (North Central University Press, 2006).

Dr. Hausfeld and Lynda have been married for 23 years. Lynda is the daughter of
retired AGWM missionaries Norman and Martha Lestarjette. Their two daughters, Danae and Kara are studying in universities stateside, and son Karl will graduate from high school in 2008.

He earned his B.A. from Evangel University, his M.Div. from AGTS and his D.Min. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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The J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions at AGTSis an endowed professorship that honors the missionary leadership of this distinguished former executive director of AGWM. As a partnership between AGTS and AGWM, it calls on today’s missionaries and scholars to continue in the heritage of thoughtful, incisive and Spirit-led missiology that Brother Hogan’s ministry left us. A leading missiologist is invited annually to fill the chair in order to explore new dimensions in missiology through teaching, research and writing. Special thanks are due to AGWM, the Hyllberg Memorial Fund, Philip and Virginia Hogan and others who have contributed to the endowment of the Chair.

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pulpitThe pulpit in use during the inauguration is from the Swedish Free Mission in Moorhead, Minnesota. This congregation sent the first Pentecostal missionaries from North America, Mary Johnson and Ida Anderson. They arrived in Durban, South Africa in January, 1905, one and a half years before the Azusa Street awakening. This pulpit’s permanent home is the Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center on the upper level of AGTS.

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Updated: Friday, June 6, 2008 10:50 AM

 
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