The World Missions Center

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Through mission trips, evangelism training, ministry opportunities, strategic partnerships, and more, the World Missions Center is dedicated to helping every Southwesterner find their place in God’s global mission. Whether you’re a student, alumnus, faculty or staff member, the WMC is here to equip you to faithfully disciple the nations.


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WMC Team

Dr. Buntain serves as Director of the World Missions Center and Associate Professor of Missions. Born and raised in Canada, Ian is a product of Southern Baptist missions. For the past 37 years, he has served as pastor, church planter, mission strategist, and seminary lecturer with the North American Baptist Mission Board and the International Mission Board. He has also served as the vice president of the Canadian National Baptist convention, and as a board member for both the Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary and the Singapore Baptist Seminary.  Additionally, he established and led the Theological Training Initiative among East Asian Peoples and has taught cross cultural evangelism and church planting in North and South America as well as in South, East, and Southeast Asia.

Ian’s deepest joy is found in the training and mentoring of men and women who feel called to live and serve in places of deepest gospel poverty and who are committed to reproducible missiological principles that are deeply rooted in Scripture.

He is married to Sherri, they have three children and seven grandchildren. Previously they served in Singapore, where Ian served as Lead Teaching Pastor of Grace Baptist Church.

Sam Brittain serves as the Associate Director of the World Missions Center. Sam came to SWBTS for his M.Div. in the Fish School after serving as a journeyman in South Asia. While working on his Master’s, Sam met and married Julie, who also served in South Asia. During his Master’s studies, Sam worked alongside Dr. Brent Ray to strengthen global Baptist theological education as part of the GTI team. After graduating, Sam and Julie moved back to South Asia with their first son, Hudson. The Brittains return to Southwestern with a second son, Elliot. Sam is pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and Missions and is passionate about theologically and biblically informed missions strategy. Sam and Julie have a heart for South Asians, discipleship, and the local church.

Kirsten Hale serves the World Missions Center as the Project Coordinator. She recently moved to Texas from North Carolina. She is pursuing an M.Div. in Evangelism and Missions. Kirsten cares deeply about missions and ministering to those preparing to go on to the field and those who are returning from time overseas. 

Priscilla Krolis serves the World Missions Center as an Administrative Assistant. She was born and raised in Curaçao, then lived a few years in Bonaire. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling. Priscilla is passionate about ministering to women in all stages of life, both Christians and non-Christians. This passion drove her to write and publish her first book with the means to prompt women to live the abundant life in Christ, thus reaching their full potential. Priscilla aims to combine these experiences and her knowledge in Biblical Counseling with her degree as a legal assistant, teacher, and mental health life coach, to help women turn their focus towards God and find the purpose for which God designed them. 

Dr. Daniel R. Sanchez (DMin, PhD) is a Distinguished Professor of Missions and Ambassador for the World Missions Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Missionary in Central America, an Associate Director of Missions in the Home Mission Board, a Director of Missions in the Baptist Convention of New York prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern Seminary. He has ministered in over 60 countries and has authored 10 books related to missions.

Emmanuel Pandula serves the World Missions Center as a Student Intern. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Divinity. While he holds a Masters in Computer Application, his passion and vision is to plant churches and equip the pastors and their families in India. He aspires to reach as many Hindus as possible through the churches in the local villages. His goal is to start a Christian school in India and take the gospel to children. He loves computers and technology and desires to use that knowledge for the Lord’s kingdom. Emmanuel also loves music and writes songs for the glory of the Lord. Through his music, he is able to reach many non-Christians in India and across the globe.

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