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Dr. John Bitar

Dr. John Bitar, PhD

Professor of Islamic Studies
Missiology Specialist
International Experience: Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Greece, USA

 

 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Missions & emphasis on Islamic Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Master of Arts, Christian Ministry, Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political and Administrative Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

 

  • Graduate Certificate, SPM (School of Pastoral Ministry), Christ for the Nations, Dallas, TX

Academic Experiences

  • Visiting Lecturer, Islamic Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Teaching Specializations

  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Culture
  • Approaches to Outreach
  • Theologizing in Islamic Context

Professional Experiences

  • Executive Director, Good News for the Crescent World, Arlington, TX
  • Assistant Director, Good News for the Crescent World, Arlington, TX
  • Associate Pastor, Arab Church of Dallas Richardson, TX

Presentations & Publications

  • The Opportunities Facing the Church: Muslims in the West, Dallas Area Chinese Pastors Fellowship, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Plano, TX (May 2017)
  • "Who do you say that I am?" Christology in Islamic Context, Arab-American Learning Center, Dallas, TX (July 2017)
  • Understanding Islam: A Look at the Differing Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence for Effective Witness. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX (October 2016)
  • Discrepancy Between the Leniency of God's Forgiveness and the Severity of Punishment in Islam, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • What Will It Take to Win Muslims to Christ, Mission Conference, Arlington Chinese Church, Arlington, TX (February 2015)
  • Reaching out to the People of the Levant, World Missions Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX (February 2014)
  • Islam in the West: Building Walls or Building Bridges, Dallas Baptist Assocation Monthly Meeting, First Baptist Church, Garland Rd, Dallas, TX (May 2013)
  • Contextualization and Church Planting, Encountering the World of Islam, Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX (May 2005, June 2006) Bent Tree, Plano, TX (August 2007), Convenant Church, Carrolton, TX (October 2009, November 2010), First Baptist Church of Richardson, Richardson, TX (February 2012)

Languages

  • Arabic, native proficiency
  • English, full professional proficiency
  • French, limited proficiency