Dr. Anwar Berhe (Ethiopia)
PhD in Intercultural Studies – Islamics (2019), Fuller (USA)
Anwar first encountered Christ in a dream. Having grown up as a passionate Muslim, he studied Christianity for several years before he committed himself to Christ. In Ethiopia, because of Christianity’s historical dominance, Muslims are a hostile minority. Anwar’s family and community immediately rejected him after his conversion, though some converted later. Thus, Anwar’s PhD topic – Muslim-Christian relationships – extends his personal experience. His research will help the Church understand how to counteract deep interfaith tensions, how to reach Muslim neighbors with the Gospel, and how to disciple Muslim converts more sensitively. Anwar has returned to Evangelical Theological College (ETC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as ETC’s first full-time faculty with a PhD in Islamics and as the Academic Dean for undergraduate programs. His teaching and research will prepare a new generation of Ethiopian Christians for fruitful relationships with Muslims.