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Assistant Professor of Mission and Islamic Studies
Seminary, Room 17
+63 (046) 414-4359


AB History & Philosophy of Religion (Adventist University of the Philippines)
MA in Religion (AIIAS, Philippines)
Doctor of Missiology (Philippine Christian University)

Bio: (with time at AIIAS)

Abner Perez Dizon is a Filipino who is the founding director of a Philippine-based missionary training and sending organization called Philippine Frontier Missions, where he served for 21 years. He has been training tentmakers (missional professionals) in the territory of the Middle East and North Africa Union of Seventh-day Adventists (Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and U.A.E.) since 2013. He has been teaching online for the Herbert Fletcher University (Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists) since 2009. He is also an adjunct professor at the Middle East University (Beirut, Lebanon) and Andrews University (Michigan, USA). Currently, he serves an assistant professor of Mission and Islamic Studies as well as the Master of Ministry/Master of Arts in Ministry program director at the AIIAS Theological Seminary.

He is married to Ermela (Maila) Dizon who has been his ministry partner and co-missiologist for more than 29 years. They have two grown-up sons: Jon Nevin and Abe Taylor. Dr. Dizon’s wide range of interest and teaching include evangelism, discipleship, frontier mission, contextualization, Muslim ministry, church planting, small groups, adult education, teaching strategies, curriculum development and instruction, intercultural research, ethnographic research, qualitative research, creative writing, missionary anthropology, urban mission, power encounter, missionary spirituality, spiritual warfare, and Islamic history and culture.


Dr. Abner Dizon has authored/co-authored a number of books and articles including:

  • Dizon, A. P., & Dizon, M. (2019). To win, to hold, to send: Reflections on evangelism, discipleship and mission. Silang, Philippines: PFM Literature.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2017). Luther’s missiology: Lessons for Adventist mission. In N. Satelmajer & M. W. Campbell (Eds.), Here we stand: Luther, the Reformation, and Seventh-day Adventism (pp. 178-185). Nampa, ID: Pacific Press.
  • Dizon, A. P.,& Dizon, M. (2017). Building bridges: Woman to woman. Silver Spring, MD: General Conference Women’s Ministries Department.
  • Dizon, A. P., & Dizon, M. (2016). Power encounters: A biblical and missiological foundation for understanding demonization and exorcism from an Adventist perspective. Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, 11( 2), 147-160.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2014, 2017). Beyond barriers: International workers with a mission. Beirut, Lebanon: Middle East and North Africa Union.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2014). Common denominators in presenting the gospel in Asia. Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, 10(1), 1-8.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2012). Issues in Muslim ministry. Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, 8(2), 5-17.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2012). Manwal ng pagtatanim ng iglesyang lumalago (Manual on planting churches that grows). Silang, Philippines: PFM.
  • Dizon, A. P. (2010, 2013). Mga balangkas ng katotohanan:Mmga aralin tungkol sa mga saligang doktrina ng Biblia (Outlines of truth: Lessons on fundamental Bible doctrines). Silang, Philippines: PFM.
  • "Towards A Theology of Bi-vocational Mission with Missiological Applications to Creative Access Cities" (MS #1433) has been published to Journal of Adventist Mission Studies (

Upcoming Publications:
Dr. Abner is currently working on a 4-volume project for the Education Department of the Southern Asia Pacific Division to provide textbooks on Islamic Studies for Adventist colleges and schools within its territory. He is also in the process of writing a book on Adventist approaches to Muslim ministry for Andrews University Press.

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