Dr. Mike Edens

Dr. Mike Edens

Dr. Mike Edens

Distinguished Professor of Theology and Missions

Associate Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics

Office: Dodd 104
Office Phone: (504) 282-4455, ext. 3751
E-Mail: medens@nobts.edu


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993
  • Historical/Theological Studies, Christian Apologetics (sub area: Towards Islam) Dissertation: "An Evangelical Christian Response to Concepts of Humanity Found in Selected Islamic Writings"
  • Advanced Studies Arabic Language & Culture at American University, Cairo
  • M.Div. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts at East Texas Baptist University, 1973

Teaching Experience

  • September – 2016: Facilitator for “Co-Starters,” a small business startup training sponsored by Launch NOLA, in New Orleans LA
  • August 2016: Breakout speaker on Muslim Evangelism Tools in Reaching the Nations coming to North America Conference Brentwood BC, Brentwood, TN
  • July 2016 Taught "Cross-Cultural Church Planting to Missionary Interns, Odessa Baptist Seminary, Ukraine
  • April 2016: Spoke about tools for Muslim evangelism, at the Greater Huntington Baptist Association, Huntington, VA
  • February 2016: “Muslims Need Jesus,” Guest speaker for the Crescent City Church Planting Among Muslims Conference
  • January – March 2016: Facilitator for “Co-Starters,” a small business startup training sponsored by Launch NOLA, in New Orleans LA
  • September – November 2015: Facilitator for “Co-Starters,” a small business startup training sponsored by Launch NOLA, in New Orleans LA
  • June 2015: teaching “Church Planting in Muslim Context” as Guest Instructor, Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa, Ukraine
  • April 2015: Guest Teacher “Four Critical Islamic Issues for the Church” at Jacob’s Well Baptist Church, Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • February 2015: Guest Speaker at Crescent City Church Planting Among Muslims in New Orleans and North America conference
  • October 2014-November 2014: teaching Islamic Revival Movements at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • November 2013-December 2013: teaching The Bible and Doctrine at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • July 2013: teaching "Is Allah the God of the Bible?" and "What Does Islam Say About Jesus, the Cross, and the Gospel?" as Guest Lecturer at St. Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, Florida
  • June 2013: teaching "The Principles of Cultural Adaptation" and "Church Planting in Muslim Context" as Guest Instructor, Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa, Ukraine
  • October 2012-November 2012: teaching Middle Eastern Peoples and Bible End Times at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • October 2011-December 2011: teaching Systematic Theology at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • September 2011: teaching at Manado Seminary in Manado, Indonesia
  • October 2010-December 2010: teaching Intro to Biblical Studies at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 2004-2006 Mentor to a Multi-National Multi-Agency Team in Southwest Asia on Muslim outreach and Church planting
  • January 2004 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary -J Term- Starting and Multiplying Churches-D.Min. Seminar for Korean students
  • 1997-2000 Strategy Associate, Northern Africa and the Middle East, IMB
  • 1993-1996 International Institute of Biblical Studies- Middle East and North Africa region, IMB
  • 1994-1995 Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities- Cairo studies program Islamic Worldview and Outreach to Muslims Lectures
  • 1991-1992 Graduate and Teaching Assistant to Dr. Terry Young, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1990-1991 Cairo Evangelism Project- Bi-weekly Teaching and Mentoring of Network Leaders of House Churches throughout Cairo
  • 1990 "A Christian Apologetic to Islam" Designing and Creating Video Teaching series
  • 1987 Theology; New Testament & others at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1978-1980 Louisiana State Police Academy- Stress Management
  • 1977-1978 Seminary Extension Center, Livingston, LA- Theology; Biblical Studies
  • 1973 Union Seminary, New Orleans, LA.- Evangelism; New Testament

Teaching Specializations

  • Christian Apologetics especially toward Muslims
  • Islamic Studies,(Understanding and Witnessing to Muslims)
  • Biblical and Christian Theology,
  • Small Business Start-up

Ministry Experience

  • May 2015-Sept 2016: Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Folsom, LA
  • November 2014 - April 2015: Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Wiggins, Mississippi
  • July 2012 - November 2013: Interim Pastor, Hebron Baptist Church, Bush, Louisiana
  • October 2009- February 2011: Interim Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Frankinton, Louisiana, Washington Association
  • October 2007-November 2008: Interim Pastor, Old Zion Hill Baptist Church, Tickfaw, Louisiana. Latangi Association
  • 2007 Retirement from IMB after 26+ years working in the Middle East
  • 1973-1980 Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, LA.
  • 1976-1979 Coordinator of Chaplains at headquarters, LA State Police in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 1970-1973 Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Elkhart, TX.


Baptist Press Articles
  • Analysis: Egypt, Coptic Christians and Turmoil (August 2013) http://www.baptistpress.com/41000/analysis-Egypt-Coptic-Christians-and-turmoil
  • "Are Radical Governments on the Horizon?" (March 2011) http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34845
  • "Are Christian Minorities at Greater Risk as a Result of the Uprisings in the Middle East?" (March 2011) http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34899
  • "What are the Uprisings all about?" (March 2011) http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=34948&ref=BPNews-RSSFeed0330
  • "Islam" in the Worldview Study Bible - Broadman & Holman TBA
  • "Learning to Share with Muslims" coauthored with Mike Shipman in Next Step Resources International Mission Board, 2013
  • Watchman Fellowship Profile on Shi'a Islam, June 2012
  • "Church and Agency Co-Laboring" coauthored with Jerry Rankin, in Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012.
  • “Questioning Islam’s View of Special Revelation in the Qu’ran” in Come Let Us Reason, ed. Paul Copan. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2011.
  • "Pitfalls in Witnessing to Muslims" SBCToday blog post, September 28, 2011. sbctoday.com/category/islam
  • 2009 "Ethical Implications of Islamic Concepts of God" Evangelical Theological Society Paper, presented at the annual meeting in New Orleans, La
  • "Addressing Islamic Teaching About Christianity," in The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry: Baptists on Mission. Ed. Charles S. Kelley, et al. 5.1, Spring 2008 (143-150) www.baptistcenter.com/BaptistsOnMission.pdf

Training and Lectures

  • 2004-2006 Business processes for Change and Leadership Modules for Southwestern Asia Government Ministers and Private sector businesses (2 week training cycles)
  • 2003 Jesus for Muslims Annual Conference- Lecture on Mobilizing the Church
  • 2003 Biola University for North American Mission Board- Mobilizing to start Muslim Background Believer (MMB) Churches
  • 2003 Save the Children Global Office- Arab Muslim Worldview Lecture
  • 2002 "Leading in Changing Times" series of training Lectures for Vice Ministers of the Interim Afghan government as part the Memphis Afghan Summit

Lecture and Conference Speaker at the Following Universities 1986-2004

  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Union University at Golden Gate Seminary
  • Columbia International University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • 1997-2004 Islamic Worldview and Outreach Lectures in Various Churches


  • Ola Farmer Lenaz
  • J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award from East Texas Baptist University October 2012


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