Rev. Dr. Don
an ordained minister and native of Wichita, Kansas, is the Founder and Director
of World Impact's Urban Ministry Institute. He attended Wheaton
College and Wheaton Graduate School, and graduated summa cum laude in both his
B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1989) degrees, in Biblical Studies and Systematic
Theology respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of
Iowa School of Religion (2000). Having served churches as both an associate and
senior pastor, Don has served as Director of World Impact Wichita, as well as
its Vice President of Education, and has been on staff with World Impact since 1975.
In addition to his current duties as the Institute's Director and as professor
in its Hope School of Ministry, Dr. Davis also serves as World Impact's
national Vice President of Leadership Development, and oversees the training of
urban missionaries, church planters, and city pastors, and facilitates training
opportunities for urban Christian workers in evangelism, church growth, and
pioneer missions. He also leads the Institute's extensive distance learning
programs and has served as professor and faculty at a number of fine academic
institutions, having taught courses in religion, theology, philosophy, and
biblical studies at Wheaton College, St. Ambrose University, the Houston
Graduate School of Theology, and the University of Iowa School of Religion.
from the Central America Theological Seminary (Seminario Teologico Centro
Americano in Spanish) in Guatemala
with a BA and a MA in Theology. He served as a Christian Education pastor in Guatemala
for several years and as a seminary professor as well, until God called him to
minister in the United
States among the Hispanic population. He is
married to Telmaand together they have been serving the Lord for
several years, using their skills and gifts to advance God's Kingdom. Fernando
joined World Impact in 2000 and started his missionary career as a church
planter in the city of Los Angeles.
Fernando currently serves as Site Director for The Urban Ministry Institute - Los
Angeles (TUMI-LA) and as a mentor among his Latino
brothers and sisters since 2005. Currently he has finished his Doctoral in
Ministry program classes from Dallas Theological Seminary and is planning to
graduate in 2010.
Mr. Michael Barlow served with Inter-Varsity Christian
Fellowship throughout college at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, where he
graduated with a BA in Film Studies. He spent the 1990's traveling throughout Turkey and Iraq sharing
the gospel and teaching Muslims the truth about the Messiah. Together with a
Spanish couple, He and his wife Rowena planted a church in the inner city in Istanbul that still
thrives today. After returning from the field, Mike completed his MDiv at
Talbot Theological Seminary. Mike serves in small groups, men's and children's
ministries in the San Fernando Valley. He
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.
Rev. Hector Cedillo is originally
from the state of Mexico (near Mexico City) and graduated from CHET (Hispanic Center for Theological Studies).He currently pastors two congregations: Set Free Church on Skid Row and The Church by the Lake, both in downtown Los Angeles. Hector also serves as a mentor at TUMI-LA and as the Satellite Coordinator for a TUMI satellite he helped launch in Queretaro, Mexico. TUMI-LA means a lot to Hector because God used it to answer his prayer for a way to further his calling. He sees in TUMI the final step in his ministry to evangelize and take converts to church where they are discipled. He then brings his leaders to TUMI where they are equipped as pastors, evangelists, teachers, and leaders for the urban harvest. Hector is happily married to Luz Maria and has four adult children.
Cullison was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.He graduated in 1994 from GreenvilleCollege,
and moved to Los Angeles
in January of 1996 to serve with World Impact.He has been involved in children's Bible Clubs, Teen Bible Clubs,
teaching at the Los Angeles Christian elementary and middle schools, and church
planting.He is currently serving on the
Fire & Maneuver church planting team in Los Angeles (an apostolic and
Pauline church planting model) and also serves as a mentor to our inner city
leaders through TUMI.His passion is to
see the Kingdom
of God expand through
church plant movements amongst the urban poor of the world.He loves Macintosh computers, basketball,
movies, and cooking.
Rev. Bob Engel graduated from Taylor
University, began inner city ministry with World Impact in 1982.Presently he ministers as Coordinator of
Ministry for the Los Angeles
ministry of World Impact.His ministry
passion is to advance and expand God's Kingdom through laboring towards a
church plant movement among the poor.Bob also serves as Northwest Regional Vice President giving oversight to
our Fresno, San Francisco
ministries.Bob is married to Susan and
they have four children - Rachel, Tristan, Chase and Mihaly.A theme verse for Bob is Hebrews 10:39b,
"...not of those who shrink back..."
Dr. Todd Grant and his wife Jennifer have
been married for almost 15 years, and both grew up as the children of pastors.
Todd and Jennifer have four children and currently live in Watts
across the street from the Imperial Courts housing projects. They have pastored
churches in Ohio,
Arizona, and Southern California as well as led a church plant team in
Tucson, Arizona.They are presently leading a church plant
team in Watts, California. Todd received his M.Div, and D.
Min from Asbury Seminary and has been teaching courses with The Urban Ministry
Institute of Los Angeles since Spring of 2006.
Mr. David Gutierrezgraduated fromDordtCollege, in Sioux Center, IA,
with a BA in Theology and minors in both teaching Bible and
missions/ evangelism.It was during his
college years where he sensed God's calling to love those who were hurting and
felt compelled to serve in the inner-city. He was married to his wife, Laura,
in December of 2001, and in August of 2003, they moved to Los Angeles and began working with World Impact where he helped plant a church in South Hollywood. Dave is currently the Project Manager with The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles and is in the process of planting a new church called Christ the Victor.
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. Joe'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. Joe has authored three academic monographs: The Ancient Church as
Family (Fortress Press, 2001), Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi
(Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Jesus and the People of God:
Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007). In addition to
his full-time duties with our New Testament Department, Joe presently serves as
Co-Pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo. Joe 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 Joe
playing jazz-rock piano or fishing on a sportboat in the Pacific Ocean.
Pastor David Lau graduated from Purdue University
and spent ten years working as an engineer. During that decade he completed an
M.Div at Talbot School of Theology, and has now served full time at Bread of
Life Church in Torrance, CA for ten years. David spent a sabbatical working
with The Urban Ministry Institute in 2007, and has served on the TUMI-LA's
board since then. David is married and has two young children.
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 UNCC. Bob served as Christian
educator for St. Giles Presbyterian Church from 1980-86, was Assistant
Professor of Religion at Northwestern College of Iowa from 1990 to 95, and
Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Taylor University from
1995 through 2010. Bob has published Readings
in Historical Theology: Primary Sources of the Christian Faith (Kregel Press,
2009), Lessons of Infinite Advantage:
William Taylor's California Experiences (Scrarecrow Press, 2010), and a
number of scholarly articles, some of which appear in the recently published Encyclopedia of Religion in America (CQ
Press, 2011). In 2010 Bob submitted his resignation to Taylor University and,
together with his wife Chris, joined the staff of World Impact in order
to serve the inner city of Los Angeles. Bob is a TUMI class facilitator,
mentor, and program developer.
Rev. Nic Nelson and his wife
Kathryn served with World Impact for nearly 14 years, and still live and minister
in South Central Los Angeles near the offices of TUMI-LA. They have been
married 17 years and have three children. Nic helped get TUMI started in
Los Angeles in 2001, and now serves on its local board. He received his
master's degree in Inter-Cultural Studies from Hope International University,
where he is also an adjunct professor. Working directly with
TUMI students thrills and humbles Nic. They are indeed "chosen... to be
rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love Him"
Mr. Byron Siemsen
and his wife Robyn are serving with World Impact-Los Angeles. Byron is
working in church relations. He is a graduate of Biola University with a
B. S. in Marketing and is studying for his MDiv at Talbot. Other
education includes the Torchbearer Bible schools in Germany and
Austria. He also studied at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. Prior
to joing World Impact, Byron was a researcher for Evangelical Christian
Credit Union where he spent 6 years researching evangelical churches and
ministries. Byron grew up in Papua New Guinea where his parents served
with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Rev. Hank Voss has worked with The Urban
Ministry Institute of Los Angeles since 2001, and has served in a variety of
roles including Advisory Board Member, Professor, and currently as Dean.He is a graduate of Taylor University (Biblical
Studies, Christian Education) and Talbot School of Theology (M.A. New
Testament; MA in Christian Education).Hank's ministry experience includes: youth pastor, church planter (three
church plant teams, two cross culturally); headmaster of a Christian school;
and Director of Training and Member care for World Impact Los Angeles.He was married to fellow World Impact
missionary Johanna Voss in 2001 and they have four children.
* Hank is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Wheaton College and will be back with us in the 2012 school year.
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