Friesens 2012Bryan was born into a large missionary family, his parents serving in Japan and Taiwan. Bryan has a Bachelors degree from John Brown University and an M.Div. from Columbia International University (CIU). Felicia has a musical background, with a degree in Music Education from Columbia College. She also studied church music as well as missions at CIU. They met at CIU and were married in 1985. Bryan interned right here at Castleview Baptist Church, in 1989, before they headed to the Philippines to be a part of church planting teams. Bryan and Felicia served for 17 years in the Philippines, including a time of serving as Director of SEND Philippines in the late 90’s.


Agency: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Country served: Philippines & others

Serving since: 1989

Bryan is now serving with Wycliffe in North Carolina, supporting its global activities in Bible translation. Bible translation project start-ups are accelerating around the globe. With this work, and the work of other organizations in this field, we are now under 2,000 language groups in the world without at least a part of the Bible in their language, and that number continues to drop. Bryan does cross-cultural training for Wycliffe and other agencies new missionaries, preparing them for service in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These efforts are focused on a new training program called Transcending Cultural Barriers (TCB), which helps provide contextualized training for national partners as they send out their own missionaries. Felicia, active in marriage and family counseling, continues to help families in need in their area.