Dick Freed serves as director of Learning and Development for One Mission Society, where he leads OMS efforts to equip and support new missionary candidates, field and homeland missionaries, and staff. Dick’s passion is for multiplying healthy and growing disciples, leaders, churches, and movements that result in real-life transformation and bring glory to Jesus Christ around the world.
In addition to leading the Learning and Development Team, Dick serves as an associate church multiplication facilitator and regional Theological Education consultant, working with the seminaries and Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI). In this role, he travels to India two or three times each year for two to three weeks to visit ECI schools, churches, and mission fields and to attend meetings with ECI leadership.
Dick is a graduate of Asbury University (A.B. in English) and the University of Kentucky (M.A. in classical languages and literature), and he pursued doctoral studies at the Ohio State University in classics. He has taught classroom and online courses in English composition and literature, world civilizations, and comparative religion at colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, and Michigan.
Beyond his life in higher education, Dick served in pastoral ministry with the Free Methodist Church for 20 years, and for 5 of those years, he wrote for the denomination's flagship publication, Light and Life Magazine. He also has led or served as a consultant in organizational leadership and training with a number of nonprofit human service organizations.
Dick’s wife Sharon serves as children’s pastor at the Titusville Free Methodist Church in Pennsylvania and as a chaplain at a state facility serving adults with developmental disabilities. Their son, Adam, a graduate of Spring Arbor University and SIT Graduate Institute, serves as a program director with the Center for Inter-cultural Studies in Northampton, Massachusetts.