The Global Center

The Global Center exists to help people know their world, serve God in the world, and help the world know God through Jesus Christ.

The Global Center allows divinity students and the Birmingham community to better understand and participate in global Christianity. World missions and evangelization were of the heart of Ralph Waldo Beeson's concern. His generosity made possible a divinity school charged to develop quality theological education in a Christian university setting from an evangelical perspective and a Global Center that brings together information, people, and purposes of a missionary God. In rhythm with the heartbeat of our missionary God and the charge of its benefactor, the Global Center of Beeson Divinity School seeks to build awareness of the global Christian cause and community by sending equipped Beeson students into every part of the world and inviting the world into the Beeson and Birmingham communities.

You are welcome to tour our World Missions Exhibition to get a sense of the rich history of Christian missions, the impact of Christian martyrs, 21st century mission trends and how Beeson Divinity School alumni are serving around the world. Visit our Resource Room to find books, journals, websites and international missions opportunities to connect you to the world.

World Christianity Focus Week

March 20-24, 2017

ramesh richard

Featuring: Ramesh Richard, Founder and President of RREACH
Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary

B.Com., Madras Christian College
Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Delhi


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Community Worship - "The Ripple Effect"
Hodges Chapel

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
12:10-1:10 p.m.
Divinity Hall N101

*Complimentary lunch provided, but must register.


Photos of Global Expressions of Christianity and Global Needs

Monday-Friday, March 20-24
View photos taken by Samford community members
Divinity Hall 1st Floor

Thursday, March 23
12:10-1:10 p.m.
Greet and Eat with Missiography Photographers
Global Center, Divinity Hall S120
Hear the stories behind the photos as you view the gallery. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres.

Alumni Serving Cross Culturally

Please pray for the following Beeson alumni serving cross culturally.

Please note that Beeson alumni serving in sensitive areas are listed by initials. For more specific prayer requests for these alumni, please contact the Global Center. If you are aware of other Beeson alumni serving in these types of ministries, please contact the Global Center at

International Missionaries and Christian Workers

B. (M.Div. 1999) and A. B., Secure Area
P. (M.Div. 2013) and L. B., East Asia
Gary and Julie Simrell (M.T.S. 97) Clifton, Spain
M. (M.T.S. 03) and B. C., Secure Area
N.C. (M.Div. 12), South Asia
D. (M.Div. 05) and L. C., Secure Area
N. (M.Div. 98) and K. F., Secure Area
J. (M.Div. 96) and B. H., Secure Area
Chase (M.Div. 09) and Amy Kuhn, Australia
C. (M.Div. 10) and L. M., East Asia
Bill (M.Div. 98) and Cheryl Nikides, Eastern Europe
Allen (M.A.T.S. 13) and Sarah Nunnally, Uganda
Groesbeck and Katherine (M.T.S. 10) Parham, Zambia
Jon (M.Div. 04) and Tanya Parks, Slovakia
Kyle (M.T.S. 98) and Vicki Quarterson, South Africa
Chase (M.Div. 05) and Kelli Reynolds, Indonesia
Nate (M.Div. 08) and Amy S., North Africa
Ben (M.Div. 00) and Candi W., North Africa
Ryan (M.Div. 99) and Julie Wiggins, Singapore
Josh (M.Div. 03) and Elizabeth Wilson, Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada
Parker Windle (M.Div. 08), France

International Alumni Serving their Home Cultures

Dennis (M.Div. 00) and Vania Aggrey, Liberia
Gantumur (M.Div. 13) Badrakh and Deegii Gantumur, Mongolia
Rashell Beya (M.T.S. 98), England
Edmilson (M.Div. 99) and Helen (M.T.S. 99) Bizerra, Brazil
Daniel (M.T.S. 00) and Dinah Chelagat, Kenya
R. (M.T.S. 04) and E.D., Secure Area
Eddie (M.Div. 93) and Charlesetta Gibson, Liberia
Aaron Matti (M.Div. 01) and Bancy Kiura (M.Div. 04), Kenya
Asangla Ao (M.Div. 01) and A.K. Lama (D.Min. 02), India
Samson (M.Div. 93, D.Min. 99) and Mary Mathangani, Kenya
John (M.Div. 97) and Anna Mokiwa ,Tanzania
Rejoice (M.T.S. 05) and Beatrice Ndalima, Tanzania
Douglas (M.Div. 96) and Beatrice Ngatunyi, Kenya
Andrei and Tatyana Shelanova Pogodina (M.Div. 08), Russia
David Riker (M.Div. 97), Brazil
M (M.Div. 04) and A. S., Secure Area
Awon Shanglai (M.Div. 04), India
Oleg (M.Div. 99) and Natalia Turlac, Moldova and Canada
Jing (M.Div. 08) and Ruth Zhang, Chinese ministry, Atlanta

North American Church Planters

Matt (M.Div. 01) and Lindsey Adair, Athens, GA
Andrew (M.Div. 07) and Kim Arthur, Seattle, WA
Brian (M.Div. 08) and Ashley Fulton, Chicago, IL
Troy (M.Div. 04) and Heather Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Matt (M.Div. 2013) and Naomi Owens, Boston, MA

Compassion and Discipleship Ministries

Spike Burt (M.Div. 09), Jimmie Hale Mission, Birmingham
Joe (M.Div. 08) and Melissa Dentici, RUF, Penn State, State College, PA
James (M.Div. 10) and Heidi Drake, Campus Crusade, Coral Gables, FL
Ryan (M.Div. 93) and Meredith Hankins, MPower Ministries, Birmingham
Brian (M.Div. 09) and Lindsey Keen, Brother Bryan Ministries, Birmingham
Gerald Bray (Research Professor of Divinity), England

Military Chaplains

Loren Aderholt (M.Div. 99), Chaplain US Army
Mark Allison (D.Min. 2012), Chaplain US Navy
Robert Allman (M.Div. 97), Chaplain US Army
Richard Anderson (M.Div. 96), Chaplain US Air Force
Kaelan Clay (M.Div. 08), Chaplain US Navy
Philip Coffman (M.Div. 09), Chaplain US Navy
Jim Dewey (M.Div. 07), Chaplain US Navy
Juan Ford (M.Div. 10), Chaplain US Army
J. R. Harris (M.Div. 05), CRE Chaplain
Fred McGuffin (M.Div. 93), Chaplain US Navy
Glenn Page (M.Div. 95), Chaplain US Air Force
Nashaunna Sanders (M.Div. 08), Chaplain US Navy
Tim Shepherd (M.Div. 08), Chaplain US Army
Steve Simpson (M.Div. 98), Chaplain US Army
Mark Smith (M.Div. 05), Chaplain US Air Force
Fr. Daniel Sparks (M.Div. 05), Chaplain US Army
James Spencer (M.Div. 05), Chaplain US Army
Dan Urquhart (M.Div. 98), Chaplain US Army
Nathan White (M.Div. 08), Chaplain US Army

Global Voices: Stories from the Nations

The Global Center invites you to gather on Thursdays of the fall and spring semesters for presentations by students, staff, alumni and guests that will help us know our world, see how God is at work in the world, and hear about the variety of ways we are and can be involved in His work. Free lunch is provided. Meetings are in the Global Center, except where otherwise indicated.

Women in the Middle East

April 6, DIV N101
Barbara Pemberton

Missions and Support-Raising for African-American Churches

April 13
Byron Johnson

Multiethnic Church Planting in Memphis

April 27
Cris Harper, David Austin

International Lunch Club

Make cross-cultural friendships through English conversation. Teach others about your own culture, learn about American culture, and enjoy a free lunch!

When: On These Select Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
January 25, February 8, 22, March 8, April 5, 19  

Where: S121 Divinity Hall, Global Center Resource Room

Our Team

Photo of David Parks

David Parks

Director of the Global Center

Office: Divinity Hall 


Photo of Melanie Van Laningham

Melanie Van Laningham

Program Assistant, Global Center

Office: Divinity Hall