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Through mission trips, evangelism training, preaching opportunities, strategic partnerships, and more, the Southwestern 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 for and engage you in the Great Commission.
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As a Southwestern alumnus Dr. Ray joined the World Missions Center team in March of 2012 as the Director of Southwestern’s Global Theological Innovation program and the Associate Director of the World Missions Center. In June of 2019 Ray was appointed as the Director of the World Missions Center, to lead the WMC to become a campus-wide Center for global missions engagement. Brent and his wife Elaine share more than forty-three years of experience in a variety of ministry settings. After three years of study at Baylor University, Dr. Ray received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University. While serving in pastoral ministries in North and Central Texas for fourteen years, he also earned both MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern. The Rays served as IMB missionaries in South America for fourteen years prior to their return to Dallas in 2004.
Update, August 14: Brent S. Ray, director of the World Missions Center (WMC) and associate professor of missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died in his sleep, Aug. 14. He was 61 years old. Read his obituary here.
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.
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.
Blake Allen serves as the Project Coordinator for the World Missions Center. He graduated with his Bachelor Degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. While attending NSU, Blake served as the Vice President of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campus. He has also served on mission in the Philippians through the IMB’s Nehemiah Teams program. Blake came to SWBTS in 2014 in pursuit of a M.Div. in the School of Theology. While working on his Master’s, Blake married Erin who was enrolled in the MACE program at SWBTS. They now have a one year old daughter name Amiyah Grace Allen. Their second, Judah Kai Allen, arrived in July 2020. Blake is pursuing a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry with a minor in Church Revitalization. Blake’s desire is to serve the local church as a senior pastor and lead God’s people to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus.
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.