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Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo

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Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty
Title(s) Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and Methodist Studies
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BA, Earlham College, 1988, Human Development & Social Relations and Spanish
MTS, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1998
MTh, Evangelical Theological Seminary, Matanzas, Cuba, 1998
PhD, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2003, Dissertation: "Where are the poor?: a comparison of the ecclesial base communities and Pentecostalism, a case study in Cuernavaca, Mexico"



Philip Wingeier-Rayo joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2015. Prior to his appointment he was professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies and Director of the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries program at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (SMU). He also previously he served on the faculty of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina, for eleven years. He served as a commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for fifteen years in Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, and the Rio Grande Valley; he taught in seminaries in Cuba and Mexico.

Professor Wingeier-Rayo is on the Steering Committee of the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, the International Association for Mission Studies, and the United Methodist Professors of Mission. Among his many publications are two books, Cuban Methodism: The Untold Story of Survival and Revival (Dolphins and Orchids, 2004) and Where Are the Poor? An Ethnographic Study of a Base Christian Community and a Pentecostal Church In Mexico (Pickwick Publications, 2011) as well as several entries in the Historical Dictionary on Methodism (Scarecrow, forthcoming). During his tenure at Pfeiffer, he was an active member of the Board of Global Ministries and the Committee on Justice and Reconciliation for the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. He also led student trips to Brazil, India, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Mexico.