Dr. Chris Bounds is a noted educator, author, and speaker, specializing in preaching and teaching for revivals and camp meetings. His passion is to equip the next generation of leaders in the church with the full Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world.
Chris received his B.A. degree in Bible with a minor in Greek from Asbury University in 1988. He earned his M.Div. degree in 1991 from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in theological studies. He was awarded his M.Phil. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1997 from Drew University with a focus in systematic theology.
Chris is an Ordained Elder in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he served as an associate and senior pastor for eight years. Chris taught more than a decade in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently serves as professor of Christian Doctrine at Wesley Seminary in Marion, IN.
He has published articles in popular and scholarly venues, including Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research; Asbury Theological Journal; Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians; East-West Church and Ministry Report; Expository Times; Good News Magazine; Religious Studies Review; Studia Patristica; Wesleyan Life: The Magazine of the Wesleyan Church; The Wesleyan Theological Journal; and Wesley and Methodist Studies.
Chris has also co-authored three books: Holiness: The Power to Transform You, Your Church, and Your World with Jim Garlow, Christy Lipscomb, and Joann Lyon; Selecting Worship Songs: A Guide for Leaders with Constance Cherry and Mary Brown; and Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces that Attack Your Soul with Jim Lo.
Chris is the chair of the Francis Asbury Society Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees of One Mission Society (OMS). Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for Good News: A Forum for Scriptural Christianity in the United Methodist Church and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.
He and his wife Tamara have two children, a daughter Maris and a son Morgan.
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.
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.
Danny Beasley is director of One Mission Society USA, having been named to the post July 1, 2018. He and his wife, Julie, previously served as OMS missionaries in Ecuador and Danny also served as OMS director of mobilization.
For five years, Danny served on staff of Belleville St. Matthew UMC as the congregation’s young adult minister and missions coordinator.
Beulah holds a special place in their hearts, as they’ve been involved since the early 90’s! Danny and Julie have three married children.