Dr. Mark Hausfeld has over 20 years of experience building relationships with and ministering to Muslim peoples. He has lived in Pakistan, been president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and now heads the Center for Islamic Studies, a ministry dedicated to training Christians workers to minister to Muslims all over the world. Dr. Hausfeld shares with us the lessons he’s learned on his own journey from being called to a Muslim country to now working with Muslim refugees and immigrants in the United States. This episode will give you insight into the Muslim context and you walk away with some very practical tips on how to begin engaging with your Muslim friends and neighbors.
Dr. Mark Hausfeld currently serves as an Assemblies of God World missionary with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples and the Assemblies of God Europe region as a consultant for Muslim immigrants and refugees.
Dr. Mark Hausfeld was president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri on July 1, 2015, until May 15, 2017. He has more than thirty years of pastoral and missionary experience, both in the United States and abroad. He has a passion for developing creative access evangelism. His focus has centered on discipleship and church planting in urban settings in North America and restricted contexts in Central Asia and far-reaching global Muslim communities and reaching diaspora Muslim peoples in the United States and Europe.
Mark has served as the seminary’s director of the Center for Islamic Studies since June of 2010. From 2007 to 2015, he served as associate professor of Urban and Islamic Studies and earned professorship in 2015. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was the second J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions at AGTS. His three Hogan lectures and monograph focused on Islam in America: Reaching Diaspora Muslims through the Local Church. He currently serves as professor of Urban and Islamic Studies at AGTS.
Dr. Hausfeld served as the international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples (2009-2015). As director, Mark collaborated with national churches around the world, AGWM regions, and local churches in the United States to equip and mobilize them to reach Muslims everywhere.
From 2000 to 2008, Mark served as the Area Director for Central Eurasia. In this role, he provided pastoral care, strategic consultation, and administration for missionaries and national leaders in the region.
Mark and his wife, Lynda, served as AGWM missionaries in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan from 1995-2001. During that time, they started Teen Challenge Pakistan and assisted in two indigenous church plants. Prior to becoming AGWM missionaries, Mark pioneered and pastored an inner city, multi-cultural church on the south-side of Chicago for ten years.
Dr. Hausfeld received his Bachelors of Arts from Evangel University, a Masters of Divinity from AGTS, and a Doctor of Ministry (Urban Missions) from Northern Theological Seminary.
The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Prayer, by O. Hallesby
Humility, by Andrew Murray
Global Initiative – http://reachingmuslimpeoples.com
AGTS Summer Institute for Islamic Studies – http://agts.edu/future-students/programs/center-for-islamic-studies/
Favorite Quote from the episode:
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”