New Testament Scholar Dean Flemming Joins MNU School of Christian Ministry and Formation
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Global missionary and New Testament scholar Dr. Dean Flemming will join the faculty of MNU’s School of Christian Ministry and Formation as professor of New Testament and missions, in August. A missionary for the Church of the Nazarene since 1987, Flemming is a 1975 graduate of MNU and served there previously as missionary-in-residence from 1991-93 and 1999-2001. He recently taught at MNU as a visiting scholar in spring 2010.
The veteran missionary, pastor and professor, is a prolific contributor to scholarly publications, theological journals, and religious magazines, and is a recognized author – winner of the 2006 Christianity Today book award for his Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission. The book was also named in “Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Missions Studies” by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. His most recent book is Philippians in the New Beacon Bible Commentary series.
Flemming earned the Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., in 1979, and a Ph.D. in New Testament exegesis from University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1988. Returning to MNU on a permanent basis, Flemming will teach Bible and missions courses, direct the intercultural studies program, advise students preparing for cross-cultural ministry, engage in publication and research, and contribute to the future direction of the School of Christian Ministry and Formation.
“Dr. Flemming brings a wonderful combination of scholarly insight and life perspective to the teaching endeavor at MNU,” says Dr. Bruce Oldham, dean of the School of Christian Ministry and Formation. “Dean blends an understanding of biblical truth with contemporary missions in patterns parallel to the New Testament. He is one of the most highly regarded experts in the field of contextualizing the gospel to every culture.”
Flemming’s most recent post was on the faculty at European Nazarene College in Busingen, Switzerland. Serving at EuNC since 2000, he has been involved in the development of decentralized educational programs for ministry in seventeen countries. He is also a research fellow and assists in Ph.D. candidate supervision at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Flemming has served as professor of New Testament and Greek at Asia-Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines, and has been a visiting professor/lecturer at schools in Australia, Korea, The Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa and Indonesia. Having pastored churches in Japan and in Ohio, he is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
A frequent presenter to the Wesleyan Theological Society and national and global theology conferences for the Church of the Nazarene, he has also been a member of a study group for the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. He was awarded the Centennial Heritage Award for Church of the Nazarene in 2008, and Alumnus of the Year for MNU in 1997.
For more information about courses in MNU’s School of Christian Ministry and Formation, visit www.mnu/edu/school-of-ministry-and-formation.