J.D. Payne serves as a professor of Christian Ministry at Samford University. Prior to this, he was the pastor for church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. Before that, he served with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as an Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.
This is an amazing story of adaptation and unlikely partners: one partner with years of experience and demonstrated effectiveness, and the other with contemporary methodology and an urgency to change lives.
I ate lunch with native Ugandan friends, fellow Americans studying abroad, and students from throughout Europe and Africa. The value of forming international connections, as I experienced in Uganda, is emphasized by the Missional International Church Network (MICN).