Center for World Missions


Shawn Daggett

Dr. Shawn Daggett, Director of the Center for World Missions

Shawn served as a missionary to Bergamo, Italy, from 1986 to 1996, after which he began teaching at Harding. Shawn has also worked extensively in the New England states, serving with the Natick, MA church and directing Ganderbrook Bible Camp. Shawn teaches courses in missions history, anthropology, European missions and New Testament. In the fall of 2008 and 2010 Shawn was the director of the HIZ (Harding in Zambia) international program. 

His goals: to inspire and challenge students to participate in God's mission of salvation to the whole world and to recruit, prepare, and equip individuals and teams to effectively communicate the gospel in Europe, Eastern Europe, and New England.

Monte Cox

Dr. Monte Cox, Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry

Monte served as a missionary to Kenya from 1982 to 1992, when he began teaching full-time at Harding. He served as Director of the Center for World Missions until 2008 when he accepted  the position as Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry. He also teaches courses in missions, anthropology, world religions, North American culture, and textual Bible, and continues to have an integral part in the Center for World Missions.

His goals: to recruit/train mission teams for receptive cities of the world; to expose students to ministry opportunities in the US and equip them for sharing their faith; to participate in revitalization of the movement to be a minister of reconciliation wherever he is.

Marvin Crowson

Marvin Crowson, Domestic Missionary in Residence

Marvin served as a missionary in Jamaica for 9 years with a team he helped form at Harding. He has also served the Lord's church in numerous ways in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Florida, and Alabama. He coordinates the OutReach America program, which works to build domestic missionary teams to work predominantly in gateway cities and on college campuses.

His goals: to recruit, equip, place and support vocational individuals and teams in major population centers within the continental U.S. in order to plant new churches or take proactive roles in existing congregations.

Allen Diles

Dr. Allen Diles, Associate Professor

After graduating from Harding with a degree in Business Management, Allen made the decision to become a full-time missionary. He served in Prague, Czech Republic, for a total of twelve years (1990-91; 1994-2005) doing church planting and leadership training. While in Prague, Allen completed his doctorate in Church History/Historical Theology at Charles University. Allen teaches courses in missions, textual Bible and church history.

His goals: to inspire students to become God's people doing God's work in the places where God desires, to challenge students, regardless of their academic majors, to participate in God's mission of salvation to the whole world, and to recruit, prepare, and equip individuals and teams to effectively communicate the gospel in central and eastern Europe.

Ken Graves

Ken Graves, Director of Global Outreach

After serving as a church planter in Brasil for 18 years, Ken joined the Center for World Missions faculty to direct the Global Outreach summer missions program.  Ken also teaches first year Bible classes in Spanish for the Walton Scholars program.

His goals: to increase participation of Harding students in world missions whether it be by going or by helping to send those who will go.

Gary Jackson

Gary Jackson, Instructor for the College of Bible and Ministry

Gary Jackson served as missionary to Belgrade, Serbia from 1983 to 1993; then was missionary to Moscow, Russia from 1994 to 2003; then was missionary to Beijing, China from 2004 to 2012.  He then came to Harding, where he currently teaches bible to Chinese students, and teaches other missions courses.  He directs Harding's Global Outreach interns, students who spend 6-8 weeks in the summer working on the field with current missionaries.
His goals: to be used by God, as one of His instruments to fulfill Christ's prayer (Matt 9:38) to raise up more workers for the kingdom to go out and reap a harvest for His glory.

Bill Richardson

Dr. Bill RichardsonProfessor

Bill has served as a missionary in GuatemalaArgentina and Chile. He has worked part-time with Spanish speaking churches in Texas and Arkansas for 10+ years. He began teaching full-time at Harding in 1995. He directed the Center for Advanced Ministry Training for over 11 years and teaches courses in missionary preparation, church planting, Latin American Seminar in Missions, missionary anthropology and textual Bible.

His goals: promoting research of under-evangelized areas of Latin America and raising teams for these areas; preparing to equip US churches who want to reach Latin Americans in the US; helping with the growth of a viable congregation of Hispanic Americans in Searcy, AR.

Oneal Tankersley

Oneal Tankersley, Missionary in Residence

Oneal served as a missionary in Eldoret, Kenya for 20 years where he was part of a church planting team among the Kalenjin and Swahili speaking peoples there. Oneal uses his experience in the field of "development ministry" to direct the HUT missions training facility. He also produces Christian teaching videos for Africa and Haiti.

His goals: to teach students principles of development ministry and to use video technology to promote missions training locally and Christian teaching in foreign mission efforts.  

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