Platform Speakers

Dr. Matt Friedeman, Evangelist

Matt FriedemanDr. Matt Friedeman is an ordained Nazarene minister who serves as the founding pastor of Day Spring Community Church in Clinton, Miss.

He has authored books on evangelism, discipleship, and methods of Bible study. He has written a regular newspaper column and been a talk-show host on American Family Radio. Dr. Friedeman regularly leads students in various types of outreach, such as prison ministry and ministry to the unborn.

He and his wife, Mary, have six children.

Dr. James Diehl, Evangelist

Dr. James Diehl has been senior pastor of five churches of the Nazarene across the years in Iowa, Georgia, and Colorado. He also served for 10 years as District Superintendent of two Districts (Nebraska and Colorado) and “one chapter of his life” as Vice President of Mid America Nazarene University.  In 2011 the Board of Trustees of Mid America Nazarene University invited him to be their Interim President where he served for seven months.  He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and in 1990, Northwest Nazarene University conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his leadership and ministry accomplishments.

In 1993 the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene elected him to serve as General Superintendent, a position he filled for sixteen years.  Serving as an administrator in the denomination that has churches around the world, he ended up traveling to 105 countries of the world preaching, conducting conferences, and ordaining new ministers.  When he retired from that position in 2009, he had ordained just over 1,600 new ministers.  Diehl also has been a prolific writer having articles that have appeared in ten different publications as well as chapters written for several different books.

Diehl was never satisfied “maintaining status quo” as was demonstrated in his pastorate in Oskaloosa, Iowa where he developed a live radio broadcast from the pastor’s office every weekday for 15-minutes for seven years.  He and his staff also produced a television program which was telecast every Sunday morning over the NBC affiliate TV station in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Communicating the good news of the gospel using every means possible has been the passion of Diehl’s heart since his call to ministry which came in his senior year of high school.

His passion continues with an ongoing preaching ministry from a pastor’s heart.  He frequently speaks at camp meetings, college revivals, ministerial and/or lay retreats, zone crusades, and international events.  He continues to make his home in Lakewood, Colorado.

Dr, John Juneman, Bible Teacher

John JunemanJohn Juneman is an evangelist, teacher, writer, husband, father, and grandfather.  He travels to preach and teach the Word in churches throughout North America and to facilitate ongoing discipleship in Jesus Christ.

He teaches live weekly online Bible classes to high school students around the world through The Potter’s School and serves as adjunct faculty in Christian Ministry at Trevecca Nazarene University.  John’s highest calling is to disciple his family and to be the daily demonstration of Jesus to his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theology Seminary in 2004.