Joining the Team: Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer and Joshua Friedeman


Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer: Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lohrstorfer Family

Chris Lohrstorfer is from Elizabeth, Indiana, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart. He now resides in Raymond, Mississippi where he and His wife Mary are the parents of two teenagers, Diana 17, and Nicolas, 15. Chris has served as Senior Pastor at Hinds Independent Methodist Church in Raymond since 1997 and has been actively involved in higher education for 25 years both teaching and as an administrator. He received his BA in Pastoral Ministries from Wesley College, his MA in Theology from WBS, and a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Manchester.

Dr. Lohrstorfer is currently finishing his third book with Teleios Press entitled, Learning to Breathe: Mastering the Art of Spiritual Respiration.

He says, “I have a lot of love and respect for WBS. It is a privilege to be able to serve the faculty and students in this way. I look forward to both the challenges and the celebrations to come as we follow God’s leading for the Seminary.”


Joshua Friedeman: Director of Development

Joshua Friedeman

Josh Friedeman was born and raised in Jackson, MS and spent many formative years around Wesley Biblical Seminary. He received his B.A. from Asbury University and his M.Div. from WBS and is currently pursuing doctoral work through Regent University. While working on his master’s, he spent three years serving at a school in Tegucigalpa, HN as chaplain and Bible teacher. He has also worked as a resident director and is currently serving as the worship leader at DaySpring Community Church in Clinton, MS where he lives. His long-term ministry interest has been mission work, but he is excited to begin his work as Director of Development, sharing WBS’s story and finding ways for donors to partner with the mission of the seminary to make an impact for the cause of Christ around the world.


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