Dr. Rich Freeman has traveled a long path since his days as an executive in a large corporation. Four years after accepting the Lord, Rich left his business career to go to seminary and serve the Lord. He has served as a pastor at churches and messianic congregations and has served with Chosen People Ministries since 1999 as Vice President of Church Ministries and Conferences. The work focuses in two areas: The first is helping to equip the church to undertake Jewish evangelism. The second is ministering to churches by showing them how a better appreciation of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith can enrich their understanding and their proclamation for God's Word.
Rich is a passionate and dynamic preacher and teacher of the Bible who constantly speaks in many churches in the United States and abroad. He has even written a commentary on Romans 9-11 called "The Heart of the Apostle."
Richard Freeman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York into a very traditionally Jewish, though not religious, family. He did, however, receive religious training for five years in a conservative synagogue and received his Bar Mitzvah at age thirteen. Following that experience, though staunchly Jewish nationalistically, he drifted away from the synagogue and attended only on the special Jewish holidays.
In 1973 Rich married Julia DeBellis who was from an Italian Catholic background. It was primarily through Julia's spiritual pilgrimage that God reached Rich. But first Rich met a born-again Christian, his supervisor at work. Though Rich responded angrily at first to this man's sharing his faith, his life was a wonderful testimony of the peace and joy that comes to those who put their faith and trust in the Lord. The joy in his life made Rich jealous and opened his heart to what was to come. In August 1982, Julia accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and immediately began praying for her husband's salvation. In January 1983, God answered that prayer. Through the ministry of Chosen People Ministries, Rich heard and responded to the gospel message and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Immediately, God gave him a hunger to know Him and His Word intimately. He immersed himself in the Bible and was discipled by his pastor. In the summer of 1987 Rich and Julia responded to God's call and moved to Dallas, Texas where Rich attended Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Dallas, Rich worked as a missionary with Chosen People Ministries. Before finishing the degree program at Dallas, Rich was called to pastor the congregation where he was saved, Light of Israel Messianic Congregation. He became pastor of that congregation in December 1989. In April 1994, Rich also became pastor of Dunwoodie Baptist Church in Yonkers, New York, which is where Light of Israel's services were held. So, for five years of his ten-year pastorate he enjoyed the unique challenge of pastoring two congregations.
On July 1, 1999 Rich assumed his position as Vice-President and Director of Church Ministries and Conferences for Chosen People Ministries. Rich works with churches throughout the country and abroad. Rich teaches Bible Conferences on various topics such as Jewish Evangelism, Messianic Prophecy, End-Time Prophecy, The Church and Israel, The Feasts of Israel, and much more. He also ministers to local churches in Florida where he and his family reside.
Rich finished his studies begun in Dallas, at Conservative Baptist Seminary of the East, where he received his M.Div., in September 1994. Rich received his D.Min. at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 2004. Rich and his family are active members of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. He and his wife Julia have three children and two grandsons. Please take a few moments to write a note to the Freemans .
Here are some of the presentations that Dr. Freeman brings to churches in the United States and overseas.
Messiah in the Passover. This demonstration is ideal for any Sunday, but a demonstration that includes your communion service is especially meaningful. Passover banquets are appropriate all year, but are very popular during the Passover/Easter season. Many churches find that a banquet works well on a Friday or Saturday. You can listen to this message here
The Fall Feasts of Israel. This can be presented in one or a series of messages that explain how the Messiah is related to the following Jewish feasts: Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), which celebrates the beginning of the Jewish Civil year. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year. Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles/Booths), which recalls 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, living in tents (booths) and worshiping in a portable tabernacle.
God’s Roadmap to Peace. This is a message that looks at the roots of this conflict both historically and biblically. Why this conflict? What does the Bible say about the land of Israel? What does God have in store for the future? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? You can listen to this message here:
The Heart of the Apostle. Dr. Freeman is the author of a commentary on Romans 9-11 and this message shows how these three chapters may be the most important chapters in all of Scripture for understanding the heart of the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, as it pertained to Israel, his “brethren according to the flesh.” A great combination of Jewish context and sound exegesis, this message will help your congregation understand more deeply Paul’s heart. You can listen to this message here
Christmas Through Jewish Eyes. This presentation has three aspects: 1) The major messianic prophecies foretelling the coming of the Messiah. 2) It paints a picture of Jewish society at the time of Jesus' birth and their expectations of Messiah. 3) Its shoes how Jewish people see Christmas today and the wonderful opportunities to share the Gospel today as the world celebrates the birth of the most famous Jew who has ever lived. To listen to this presentation go here:
Have you ever dreamed of visiting the land of Israel? The Holy Land is a place where the past meets the present and the words of Scripture come alive to embrace them both.
It is an experience that can transform the life of a believer in Jesus. A trip to Israel will draw you closer to the Lord and give you a whole new perspective on your walk with God. Join Dr. Freeman as he leads you through an unforgettable experience walking in the footsteps of our Messiah. Worship the Lord as you navigate the Sea of Galilee and contemplate the places where Jesus announced the Good News to thousands.
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ISRAEL SLIDE SHOW
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Fri, Sept 14 7:30-9:30 PM "How Did We Get To Where We Are?"
Sat, Sept 15 10:00-12:00 PM "Where Are We Going?"
2:00 -4:00 PM "What Do We Do About it?"
Sunday, Sept 16 9:30 & 11:15 AM "The Gospel According to Isaiah"
The featured speaker is Dr. Charles H. Dyer, Professor-at-Large of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, and Host of The Land and the Book Radio Program on Moody Radio. He is an Old Testament scholar as well as an authority on Middle Eastern history and religion. As a licensed guide to Israel, he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East over the last two decades. He has authored and co-edited many books and articles on the Middle East and the Old Testament. Dr. Dyer’s books include The Rise of Babylon, What’s Next?, The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land and Strike the Dragon.
“The Causes: How Did the Middle East Get to Where It Is Today?” Dr. Charles Dyer
How Do Israel and the Church Connect to God’s Kingdom Promises?” Dr. Charles Dyer
Tale of Two Brothers Dr. Rich Freeman
“What’s Next for Israel and the Middle East?” Dr. Charles Dyer
$15 (Two-day conference) Friday and Saturday
$10 (One-day conference) Friday OR Saturday
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