The Center for Great Commission Studies is the heart of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Our goal is to serve Christians, local churches, and Christian leaders by engaging with issues and ideas that affect how we obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations. We are committed to the task of training and equipping every believer to engage in God’s mission.
Scott Hildreth | Director
Greg Mathias | Associate Director of International Missions
Mike Dodson | Associate Director of North American Church Planting
Projects & Research
The CGCS seeks to further the Gospel by means of several cooperative projects, including:
- Missiological Roundtable – transcripts and audio interviews conducted by the CGCS with missiological and theological leaders.
- Research Links – a list of organizations and Websites that should prove helpful in your research of people groups and global ethnicities.
- Other Resources – links to missiological studies, persecution and other teaching materials.
- Missions Atlas Project– The Missions Atlas Project (MAP) is an attempt to pick up the challenge Charles H. Fahs issued in 1925, namely to establish an accurate base map of the world (at least a 1:1,000,000 projection). With recent advances in computer and Internet technologies, this goal is more attainable than ever.
- Great Commission Equipping Network – Partnering with local churches across the country and around the globe, SEBTS is providing seminary training courses and credit for missionaries and church planters in their local contexts. Contact Steven Wade for more information about connecting to our growing network.
Contributors to our Blog
Our blog features contributors who are part of the faculty at SEBTS as well as significant practitioners on and off of our campus. As the “Great Commission Seminary” we regularly promote missional themes such as missio Dei, evangelism, cross-cultural activity, church planting, and disciple-making to assist all seeking to engage in God’s mission.
Scott Hildreth | @dshildreth
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog.
Keelan Cook | @keelancook
Keelan Cook is the Urban Resource Coordinator at the Center for Great Commission Studies. He is working on a PhD in Biblical Studies at Southeastern. He spent time as a church planter in West Africa with the IMB and doing ethno-graphic research in Washington, DC with NAMB. Keelan is also one of the pastors at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC.
Greg Mathias | @GregMathias
Greg Mathias serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies. His area of focus is international missions, and Greg works closely with our students who desire to serve in this context.
Mike Dodson | @jmikedodson
Mike Dodson serves as Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism, Associate Director for North American Church Planting for the Center for Great Commission Studies, and National Missionary of the North American Mission Board. He earned his D.Miss. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his M.Div. at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chuck Lawless | @Clawlessjr
Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary.
Anna Daub is a Ph.D. student at Southeastern Seminary in Applied Theology. She is interested in cross cultural studies and the arts as well as creative methods for theological education. She currently works for SEBTS’ Global Theological Initiatives Department. When not studying, she loves being outside or in a coffee shop with a friend.
William Branch II | @ambassador215
William Branch II serves as a professor of New Testament Survey at the College at Southeastern. He is a theologian and Christian Hip Hop pioneer through the group Cross Movement.
George Robinson | @missional_maven
Dr. George G. Robinson lives to make reproducing disciples as an elder at North Wake Church and as the Associate Professor of Missions & Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he occupies the Headrick Chair of World Missions. He has been an author/contributor to several books, evangelism training material, and small group curricula. Prior to joining the faculty at Southeastern in 2008, George served as a missionary in South Asia, and as a pastor and high school history teacher in Georgia. In his free time George enjoys missional road-trips on his Harley, lake life with his family and friends, and hunting wild game.
Keith Whitfield | @kswhitfield
Keith Whitfield serves as Vice President of Academic Administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), where he also teaches Christian Theology. Before joining the faculty at Southeastern, Keith spent time in business operations and management, as well as pastoral ministry. He served on pastoral teams in Nashville, TN as a senior pastor for five years in southeast Virginia. While in Nashville, he trained church. Keith earned his M.Div. and Th.M degrees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and his Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Clemson University.
John Ewart serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Theological Initiatives and the Director for Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Ewart has lived and worked, in various capacities, all over the world. He served for over 20 years in local churches in Texas, the Philippines, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky as an associate and senior pastor. John also served with the International Mission Board in the Philippines.
Ryan is a PhD student at Southeastern. In great love and support the Summit Church, Durham, NC, sent out the Parkers to love the people of the Himalayas. Living among these wonderful people since 2005 with his wife and kids, God showed them his gracious presence and goodness. Ryan seeks to equip God’s churches and those sent out from them to better fulfill the purposes of God among the ends of the earth people.
Alvin Reid | @alvinreid
Senior Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism
Professor of Missions Associate Dean of Ministry Studies
I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, and studied at both Appalachian State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I currently serve in South Asia, where my focus is on urban church planting. I help equip national believers and pastors to be disciple-makers and church planters in the cities in which they live.
Courtlandt Perkins | @ckpalive
Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves as an intern for the Center for Great Commission Study. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.