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ABTS Faculty Update:
Dr. Abed El Kareem Zien El Dien

May 12, 2020

On the 2nd of May, 2020, our very own Abed El Kareem Zien El Dien, was awarded the degree of Doctor in Ministry from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, after completing his coursework and a written doctoral project under the guidance of long-time professor of education at ABTS, Perry Shaw. Abed was motivated to pursue his doctorate because of his experience transitioning into faith. Abed shares, “today, my positive personal experience [with the transition] impacts how I relate to my family, church, and other believers. A key motivation behind [my doctorate] was to discover whether my story could be methodologically generalized to understand and examine all similar stories to help others overcome the challenges of identity and belonging and have a positive transitional phase”.

In his church community, Abed is a pastor for the Bouchrieh branch of the Nazarene Church in Lebanon. Pastor Andrew Salameh, district superintendent for the Nazarene Church in Lebanon and pastor of the Achrafieh Nazarene Church, is thrilled with Abed’s degree. He says, “We as the Nazarene Church in Lebanon are proud to have Dr. Abed be the first Lebanese pastor among the Nazarenes in the Middle East to earn a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry. We see a bright future for the Evangelical Church in the Arab world as leaders from the majority world become the scholars and the voice of their people. We are in a new era of real revival. Oh, church of Christ be prepared!”

Abed started at the Arab Baptist Theological seminary (ABTS) as a Master of Divinity student in 2008 and moved on after graduating to become an ABTS lecturer in late 2012. Since then, he has been part and parcel of our faculty and has been an effective member of our community. ABTS President Elie Haddad shares what Abed’s DMin means for us at ABTS and for the Church in Lebanon as a whole. “Abed is an ABTS graduate who worked hard to pursue his studies. He is part of ABTS’s faculty development plan ensuring the sustainability and succession of our ministry. He is a church man, committed to God’s work in and through the Church. Lebanon badly needs young leaders like Abed who are passionate about God, His mission, and His Church, and who are committed to serving God in our region. We are grateful to God for leaders like him.”

We congratulate Dr. Abed on this academic feat and look forward to his achievements in the future. We pray that the Lord guides him in ministry and uses him and his advanced skillset effectively for the growth of the Church in the Arab world.

Congratulations, Abed!