What do you get when you combine a love for snakes, Native American folklore, opera and urban ministry? The answer is Freddy Cardoza, chair of Biola University’s Christian education department — a man with many interests and professional roles.

Now in his third year at Biola, Cardoza recently added the title of director of distributive learning and institutional technology to his job description. In the new role, he oversees the university’s distance learning initiatives and classroom technology, while also maintaining his duties as a department chair. On the side, he serves as executive administrator of the North American Professors of Christian Education.

With a doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminar and over 10 years of teaching experience, Cardoza has also served as a pastor and helped coordinate ministries across the nation. He is passionate about urban ministry and training disciples for Christ, he said.

“God, as he made me into a disciple, helped equip me with tools and the burden to ensure that we produced a generation of Christian leaders capable of making disciples,” he said.

Here’s your chance to get to know him.