BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC.,
was founded in 1960 as an independent Baptist faith
mission. BIMI is a fundamental mission agency,
true to the Word of God in doctrine and method.
The purpose of BIMI is to assist fundamental
Baptist churches in fulfilling our Lord's command to
evangelize the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our objectives are to establish indigenous Baptist
churches and train national pastors and leaders.
There are over 1,000 missionaries with BIMI working
in 97 countries of the world.
OFFICERS: Dr. James Ray, President; Dr. Ray Thompson,
Vice President; Mr. James Butler, Corporate
Secretary; Dr. Al Goss, Treasurer
BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Dr. Michael Edwards, Chairman
Dr. David Atkinson, Dr. Andy Bloom, Dr. Paul
Chappell, Dr. John W. Collier, Rev. T. Michael
Creed, Dr. Bill Egerdahl, Dr. Don Forrester, Dr. John
Godfrey, Dr. C.O. Grinstead, Dr. Rodney Kelley,
Dr. Tom Messer, Dr. Mike Norris, Dr. David
Pittman, Mr. John Ramsey, Dr. James P. Rushing Jr.,
Dr. Clarence Sexton, Dr. Don Sisk, Rev. Rusty Smith,
Dr. Mark Stevens, Dr. Jim Townsley, Dr. Robert Wall,
Dr. Tom Wallace, Dr. Scott Wendal
ADMINISTRATION / FIELD DIRECTORS:
Dr. James Ray, General Director; Dr. Ray Thompson,
Executive Director; Mr. James Butler, International
Office Director; Mr. John Ramsey, Comptroller;
Mr. Doug Cunningham, Business Manager; Dr. Jeff
Alverson, Assistant Military; Dr. John Bailes, USA;
Dr. Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Rev.
Roger Blevins, South America; Rev. Eric Bohman,
Assistant Africa; Dr. Ron Bragg, Africa; Rev. Alan
Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Dr. Pat Creed,
Caribbean; Dr. Bob Dayton, Assistant Central
America; Dr. J.B. Godfrey, Far East; Dr. Bob Green,
Candidate and Deputation; Rev. William Griffin,
Enrichment; Rev. Ed Hembree, Assistant Europe;
Rev. Brant Holladay, Europe; Rev. Terry Jones,
Central America; Dr. James Kennard, Military;
Rev. Robert Larson, Assistant USA; Dr. Jim Lilley,
Estate Planning; Dr. Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia;
Dr. Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Dr. Don Sisk, General
Director Emeritus; Dr. David Snyder, Far North; Rev.
Gary Sprunger, Assistant Caribbean; Rev. Robert
Van Sant, Assistant CAMP BIMI; Rev. Carl Vonnoh,
Dr. Roy Ackerle, Rev. Gailen Abbett, Dr. Les Frazier, Dr. Ed Gibson, Dr. John
Halsey, Dr. Robert Johnson, Rev. Mark Logan, Rev.
Michael McCombie, Dr. Jerry Reece, Dr. Reggie
Rempel, Rev. Clayton Revels, Dr. Clayton Shumpert
STAFF: Mr. Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Rev. Ken Catoe,
Printing Services; Rev. Alan Robinson, Missionary
Services Coordinator; Mr. Kevin Wnuk, Computer
Services BIMI World:
Dr. James Ray, Executive Editor; Dr. Ray Thompson,
Editor; Rev. Ken Catoe, Production Editor; Mr. Don
Arnold, Production Photographer; Mr. Jonathan
Official Publication of
Baptist International Missions, Inc.
P.O. Box 9215 - Chattanooga, TN 37412
8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341
Phone: (423) 344-5050
Fax: (423) 344-4774
P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0
dress with trumpets blazing, the locals were in awe. Why
had such a group come to their small, insignificant village?
One reason—a man who would be blessed of God. That man,
that name…was what mattered…not the place. God blesses
men and women—not places. Places receive blessings as an
overflow of God-filled lives.
The same truth can be cited with Lee Roberson and
Chattanooga, Harold Sightler and Greenville, E. C. Sheehan,
J. R. Faulkner, Dolphus Price, Bill Rice and Bruce Talley…all
who were founding trustees of Baptist International Missions.
It was not an organization that received power from on high,
but these men…and the organization followed.
It was July 3, 1959. These men met to conduct the business of
the then “Congo Gospel Mission.” It is recorded in the minutes:
“After some discussion, it was moved by Dr.
Roberson…that a committee be appointed
to survey the possibility of broadening the
sphere of work of the Mission to embrace the
world needs. The vote was unanimous.”
That vision of those men in that meeting gave birth to what
became Baptist International Missions. God blesses men.
Through the years since 1960, God has sent other godly
leaders and pastors to lead BIMI—men who have followed in
the steps of those original men of faith. From the original nine
missionaries, the missionary force has grown during those
fifty years to over 1,000 missionaries in 97 countries around
the globe. Without reservation, I can say that some of the
most dedicated, faithful and tenacious servants of God since
New Testament days have served with this Mission.
In June of this year, 2010, Christian leaders and friends
will gather to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Baptist
International Missions. We will, yes, celebrate the organization,
but more. We will celebrate those men and women who with
burning hearts circle the earth. The passion and fire of those
original trustees in 1960 continue to engulf the earth with the
flame of the Gospel and the Lord of the Harvest.
A few strike out, without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many,
Who do nothing not done before.
BIMI WORLD – Number 1, 2010