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Freddy Cardoza serves as a Professor and Chair of the Christian Education Department at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University, a leading private Christian university in Greater Los Angeles. He is the Executive Director for the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE, formerly NAPCE), an organization comprised of ministry professors from some 200 evangelical academic institutions. Freddy is the husband of Kristin Cardoza and the father of two teenage sons, Dakota and Christian Cardoza. He resides in Irvine, California.
My Educational Background
Though I spent a short time living near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I spent nearly all of my childhood years in East Tennessee. After graduating Oneida High School, I attended a year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the rest of my college years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I then moved to Fort Worth, Texas and attended Southwestern Seminary in late 1991. I then transferred to Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where I earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education. Ultimately I went to doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. There I completed the coursework for the Ed.D. (ABD) and was also awarded the Ph.D. in Leadership.
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Curriculum Vitae (CV) is Latin for “Course of Life” and it describes in detail the academic and professional happenings and credentials of a person’s life work. CVs are significantly more detailed and longer than resumes, as resumes are only a summary of highlights in a professional career. CVs are used throughout higher education.
My Church Ministry Experience
I served a total of 20 years in local church ministry before ultimately remaining in full-time academic teaching, where I am today. Though I still remain active in ministry and consulting, a majority of my time is currently spent equipping pastors and ministers for church and Christian ministry. While serving in churches as a vocational minister, I served in churches that ranged from small to very large, situated in rural, suburban, urban, and inner-city environments. These included primarily anglo, multicultural, and multiethnic congregations. I currently invest a significant amount of time in my home church, Saddleback Church in Southern California.
My Academic Teaching Experience
I began my teaching ministry in 1996 and continue teaching today. It began when I was invited to teach part-time for over three years at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Later I taught at John Brown University’s campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Later, I taught at Boyce College while completing my Ph.D., then led the Chicago Extension of Southern Seminary, before accepting a full-time teaching and academic position at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. After four years of association with Midwestern, I accepted a full-time administrative and teaching position in greater Los Angeles with Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology, where I hold a dual appointment. I have served at Biola since 2009. In addition to these, I have lectured at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty University, Southwestern Seminary, Southern Seminary, Cedarville University, Cornerstone University, Phoenix Seminary, North Park University, and North Park Theological Seminary.
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My Spiritual Gifts
Because we don’t always have accurate self-perception, no spiritual gifts “test” is perfect. Spiritual Gifts inventories are based on self-reporting, which is more subjective than objective. Then again, if we made the spiritual gifts inventories more objective by allowing others to complete it on our behalf, the fact is that they do not know our inner selves to the degree needed to consistently provide an accurate assessment of our spiritual gifts. Even so, we need a starting point. Though there are many different numbers and types of spiritual gifts we see on typical inventories, most good ones have common features that are useful as a starting point. That’s the case with the one I use below. See my list of primary gifts, then take your own assessment at the link below.