Dr. Brent S. Ray
Director of the World Missions Center
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. In addition to founding a regional church-planting ministry in northeastern Brazil, teaching at the Northeast Baptist Theological Seminary in Bahia, developing team-based strategies for evangelism and church-planting ministries, and guiding mission leaders in the development and execution of strategic ministry initiatives, Dr. Ray also served in regional supervisory and administrative roles (IMB Regional Strategy Associate) for missionaries in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The SWBTS World Missions Center purpose is to inform, inspire, equip, network, and engage all Southwesterners in God’s vision for his church as expressed in Revelation 7:9-12. The vision, as expressed by SWBTS President Dr. Adam Greenway, is to see every Southwesterner actively engaged in the task of global evangelism and discipleship, passionately seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God.
With the inauguration of the new SWBTS World Missions Center, the missions arm of Southwestern Seminary will only continue to expand its reach around the globe, passionately pursuing God’s vision of, “…a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes…and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
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.
Brit Redfield serves the World Missions Center as Administrative Assistant. In the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions she is working towards earning her Master of Divinity in Missions. She is passionate about world missions with a specific call to Japan as a long-term missionary. She coordinates and is the team leader of the Southwestern Seminary Japan summer mission trips. Her desire is to see souls won to Christ and the church in Japan encouraged and strengthened, as well as to inspire and equip students who are called to serve as future missionaries.
Dr. Daniel R. Sanchez
Distinguished Professor of Missions,
Ambassador for the World Missions Center
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.
As Coordinator, Dalton serves the World Missions Center through developing and leading student mission trips and campus events. After participating in the IMB’s Nehemiah Teams program as a junior in college, he surrendered to International Missions ministry. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity in Missions through the Roy Fish School at Southwestern Seminary. Dalton enjoys learning about cultures and people groups, and helping students discover and pursue their role in making disciples of all nations.
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.