The Dehoney Center exists to:

  • engage in research to facilitate healthy local church growth in the city.

  • provide training and resources to equip urban church leaders to reach the city for Christ.

  • facilitate training opportunities for students preparing for urban ministry.

The Dehoney Family

Wayne Dehoney served as the Senior Pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1967-1985. Through his leadership, Walnut Street Baptist stayed in the city when members and others were fleeing to the suburbs. He led the church to reach the urban community around the church. The church developed an entire city block around the church that provided ministry and assistance to those in need.

Wayne Dehoney also served two terms as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Lealice Dehoney supported and ministered with her husband for 63 years.

The Billy Graham School

Southern Baptists have a long tradition of being missions-oriented. The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry at Southern Seminary continues that historic tradition.

Our goal is to equip students for ministry as pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries, urban ministers, church planters, and denominational workers whose passion for God’s glory propels them ever forward as they reach out to a lost and dying world.

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The director of the Dehoney Center for Urban Ministry Training is Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. Dr. Jones oversees the seminary’s Global Campus while also teaching in the areas of family ministry and applied apologetics. Before coming to Southern, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Jones has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The God Who Goes Before You; Perspectives on Family Ministry; and Christian History Made Easy. In 2016, the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association awarded Dr. Jones a Gold Medallion book of the year award for his book How We Got the Bible. He is married to Rayann and they have four daughters: Hannah, Skylar, Kylinn, and Katrisha. Dr. Jones serves as one of the teaching pastors at the Sojourn Church Midtown, in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville.

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