Dr. Jonathan Frazier
Director of Intercultural Studies
I am passionate about missionary training that meets culture head on. Whether the graduate enters into full‐time ministry or other vocations, their engagement with culture should be informed by sound missiology, empowered by the Holy Spirit, rooted in the Word of God, and marked by an authenticity and commitment that cannot be denied.
My journey in higher education began in the urban center of Moscow, Russia while ministering as a missionary in the former Soviet Union—Russia, Belarus and Latvia. As an intercultural educator of more than 20 years, I have been blessed to serve in various administrative and teaching roles in several collegiate-level Bible schools and ministry training centers in the Eurasia region and more recently in universities based in the United States. I firmly believe what we learn in the classroom must be cultivated, in concert with the local church, through practical engagement and application of ministry in the world.
Lampp, Beverly, Robby Waddell, and Jonathan Frazier, “Challenges in Teaching Critical Thinking across Various Formats: Traditional, Online, Blended.” Conference on Decision Making Through Values-Based Critical Thinking. St. Leo’s University, St. Leo, FL, May 2015.
“Russian Orthodox and Russian Pentecostals: Comparisons and Contrasts.” East-West Church and Ministry Report 19, no. 4, 2011.
2010 Eurasia Field Study—On Becoming an AGWM-Eurasia Missionary: Practical Insight into the Preparation and Training Process for the Eurasia Region. Internal AGWM-Eurasia document, 2010.
Faces of Eurasia and Russia Evangelism Outreach. Editor/Copywriter. AGWM-Eurasia ministry publications, 1996-2000.
I have a wonderful wife, Irina, whose calling and commitment to Christ amazes me. We have two beautiful daughters: Jacqueline, our resident artist who has aspirations of being an author; and Gabriella, our fun-loving prankster who adores horses.
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Philippians 3:7-8, NIV, 1984)
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Playing with my kids, sharing a good meal with friends, and anything related to football.
What do you like most about working at TKU?
I love that TKU is a place of academic excellence where the individual can learn at the highest level. I love that it is a place that fosters a sense of community, camaraderie, and purpose where the individual has unlimited potential and is free to explore God’s direction for their life. I love that the healthy Christian university is a unique place that is not divorced from the body of Christ, but at its best is enriched by and breathes life into the church. That’s one thing that sets TKU apart: its enriching connection to the local church. I am overwhelmed by the gravity of God’s calling of walking alongside the next generation of Christians who are undoubtedly going to change their world. What a joy!