Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo Associate is Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and Methodist Studies at Austin Seminary. He previously was at the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he was professor of mission and intercultural studies and director of the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries program. Previously he served on the faculty of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina, for eleven years.
Wingeier-Rayo earned his undergraduate degree from Earlham College, a masters in theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary (Cuba), a masters in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the PhD in theology, ethics, and culture from Chicago Theological Seminary. 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.