Born into a Mennonite family in KS, Howard was saved in 1972. He attended LeTourneau College one year and graduated from Calvary Bible College in 1981. Ministry included time in Florida with Children's Bible Mission, pastoring and youth pastoring in southwest MO, and pastoring almost seventeen years in south central KS. Howard has also done considerable camp work with Bible Impact Ministries (Rural Bible Crusade), including developing a wilderness camp. Howard and Kay were married in 1974 and have five daughters and one son. The Friesens came to Cornerstone Bible Institute in 2007. Howard serves as the President of Cornerstone and also teaches Hebrews, pastoral ministries courses, and biblical counseling courses.