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Rev. Dr. Don Davis
, ordained minister and native of Wichita, Kansas, is the Founder
and Director of World Impact's Urban Ministry Institute - a research and training center
dedicated to equipping leaders and empowering movements for the urban church,
especially among the poor to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.
Dr. Davis attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School and graduated
summa cum laude in both his B.A. (1998) and M.A. (1989) degrees in Biblical Studies
and Systematic Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion (Theology and Ethics) from
the University of Iowa School of Religion (2000). Don and his wife, Beth, joined the staff
of World Impact in the fall of 1975, and has served as a community minister, the Director
of World Impact Wichita, and as Vice President of Education. He also served in pastoral
ministries as a church planter, an associate pastor, and lead pastor.
In addition to his current duties as the Institute's Executive Director and as a professor
in its Hope School of Ministry, Dr. Davis serves as a Senior Vice President of World
Impact. He oversees the training of urban missionaries, church planters, and city
pastors. He facilitates training opportunities for urban Christian workers in evangelism,
church growth, and pioneer missions; as well as leads the Institute's extensive distance
learning programs. In addition to all this, Dr. Davis facilitates leadership development
efforts for organizations and denominations like Prison Fellowship, the Evangelical Free
Church of America, and the Church of God in Christ.
A recipient of numerous teaching and academic awards, Dr. Davis has served as a
professor and faculty member at a number of fine academic institutions, having
lectured and taught courses in religion, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies
at schools such as Wheaton College, St. Ambrose University, the Houston Graduate
School of Theology, the University of Iowa School of Religion, and the Robert E. Webber
Institute of Worship Studies.
Dr. Davis has authored a number of books, curricula, and study materials to equip
urban leaders, including the Capstone Curriculum, TUMI's premiere 16 module
distance education seminary instruction.
Rev. Dr. Don Davis
Sr. Vice-President, World Impact
Executive Director, TUMI
(TUMI Video Instructor)
Dr. Davis has participated in academic lectureships such as the Staley Lecture series, renewal conferences like the Promise Keeper rallies, and
theological consortiums like the University of Virginia Lived Theology Project Series. Dr. Davis received the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from
the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2009. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American
Academy of Religion.
Dr. Bob Lay
earned his Doctorate of Education degree from the Presbyterian School
and Union Theological Seminary of Richmond, Virginia, Masters degrees from
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Old Testament Studies) and the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte (M.Ed.), and a B.A. in the Social Sciences, also from
Dr. Lay served as a Christian educator for St. Giles Presbyterian Church from 1980-86,
was Assistant Professor of Religion at Northwestern College from 1990-95, and
Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Taylor University from 1995-2010.
Dr. Lay has published several books including
Readings in Historical Theology: Primary
Sources of the Christian Faith
Lessons of Infinite Advantage: William Taylor's
(2010), and a number of scholarly articles, some of which
appear in the
Encyclopedia of Religion in America
In 2010, Dr. Lay submitted his resignation at Taylor University and, together with his wife,
Chris, joined the staff of World Impact in order to serve in the inner city of Los Angeles.
As Dean of The Urban Ministry Institute-Los Angeles, Dr. Lay mentors (teaches) TUMI
classes at the LA office and LA County jails, coaches a church plant team, helps local
churches start TUMI classes, and connects with individuals and churches who support
TUMI and World Impact.
Dr. Bob Lay
Missionary, World Impact
Dean, TUMI-Los Angeles
was born in Guatemala City, where he finished high school and
began his studies at the University Mariano Galvez of Guatamala in Systems
Engineering. For financial reasons, he was unable to continue his education and
immigrated to the United States in 1985. He worked for LA Envelope Inc. (1989-2014),
the first year as a driver and the rest of his time as an Industrial Mechanic.
Gustavo surrendered his life to Christ in 2001 at a retreat at World Impact's Camp,
The Oaks, when he attended with his church, Celebration Christian Church (a World
Impact church plant). During his 11 years at Celebration Christian Church, he met
and married his lovely wife, Consuelo.
He attended the Christian Seminary "El Camino" located in East Los Angeles from 2001
to 2004 and later completed his Bachelor and Master in Theology degrees at California
Christian University in 2011.
Gustavo has served as a Hispanic Mentor for TUMI Los Angeles since 2011 and is also
now a Hispanic Community Liason, pursuing his dream of planting urban churches.
He is the founding pastor of the church, Ministerio Cristiano La Vina del Senor, which
was established in the fall of 2014.
TUMI Satellite Ministries Administrator
Pastor, La Vina del Senor
joined the staff of First Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles in 1997
when he became their part-time youth pastor. Since that time, Carlos has served as
both the youth pastor and associate pastor of the Spanish congregation.
Carlos is bivocational and teaches elementary school at a dual-language public school.
He as his wife, Ceci, are from Peru.
Pastor, First Evfree Church of LA
Dr. Joe Hellerman
has taught at Talbot School of Theology for more than a decade and
ministered in the church most of his adult life.
Dr. Hellerman's seminary training at Talbot focused on Old Testament studies, while his
doctoral research at UCLA dealt with the social history of the early Christians. He has
authored three academic monographs:
The Ancient Church as Family
Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi
Jesus and the People of God:
Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity
In addition to his full-time duties with Talbot's New Testament Department, Dr. Hellerman
serves as Co-Pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, CA.
Dr. Hellerman is constantly encouraged and delighted by the love he receives from his
wife, Joann, and his two adult daughters, Rebekah and Rachel. Away from Talbot, you
might find him playing jazz-rock piano or fishing on a sportboard in the Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Joe Hellerman
Professor of NT Language & Literature
Talbot School of Theology
Co-Pastor, Oceanside Christian Fellowship
graduated from Purdue University and spent ten years working as an
engineer. During that decade he completed his M.Div. at Talbot School of Theology
and has now served full time at Bread of Life Church in Torrance, CA for over ten years.
In 2007, David spent his Sabbatical working with The Urban Ministry Institute of Los
Angeles and since then has been facilitating TUMI Classes once a year.
David is married and has two children.
Pastoral Assistant English Congregation
Bread of Life Church
served with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship throughout college at the
University of California Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies.
He spent the 1990's traveling throughout Turkey and Iraq sharing the gospel and
teaching Muslims the truth about Jesus. Together with a Spanish couple, he and his
wife, Rowena, planted a church in the inner city of Istanbul.
After returning from the mission field, Mike completed his M.Div. at Talbot School of
Theology. Mike serves in small groups, men's and children's ministries at his church
in the San Fernando Valley.
Mike loves baseball, playing the guitar and spending time with his family. When his
children are grown, he hopes to return to missions work among urban Muslims.
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