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The Department of the Church's Ministry

The Department of the Church's Ministry engages in practical theology, which consists of critical and constructive theological reflection on the practices of the community of faith. God calls people through the church to engage in a number of diverse practices in the course of Christian ministry. This department organizes these practices into the following areas: Christian Education, Leadership and Administration, Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care, and Preaching and Worship. Each of these areas of theological inquiry finds its roots in scripture, its foundational doctrines articulated within the tradition, its practices changing throughout history, and its methods in conversation with the social sciences. Consequently through biblical and historical study, theological analysis, and interdisplinary dialogue, this department assists students to gain the understanding and skills necessary to being faithful participants in the ministry of the church.


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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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McMillian 111 
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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.

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