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Dr. Raymond E. (Ray) Franklin


Professor of Christian Missions
Hands-On Ouachita Instructor/Coordinator

franklinr@obu.edu
Office Phone: 870-245-5282
Office Location: Berry Bible Building #208
Mail: OBU Box 3705, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia, AR 71998

Education

  • Doctor of Ministry (1988),  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Emphases in Missions and Proclamation)
  • Intensive Language Training (1981-83). Tokyo School of the Japanese Language, Tokyo Nippongo Gakko
  • Master of Divinity (1978), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Arts (1975), Howard Payne University (Mathematics Major, English/Greek Minor)

Professional

Dr. Franklin joined the Pruet School of Christian Studies faculty in June of 2004. He was granted tenure in 2011.  He is a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and University Educators for Global Engagement.

Dr. Franklin’s faculty duties include facilitating the “Hands-On Ouachita” study abroad program and co-leading bi-annual mission study trips for OBU students. His travels have taken him to over twelve countries across four continents.

Family

Dr. Franklin and his wife, Ardith, have been married since 1976. They have three children, Ariane, Angela, and Reece. Ariane is married to Daniel Raines. They have one son, Kayson, and one daughter, Annalee. Reece is married to the former Anna Grace Poole.

Missionary Experience

Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Franklin and his wife served for twenty-three years as Southern Baptist missionaries to Japan. During that time they completed two years of Japanese language study, engaged in four church starts, and served on the Strategy Leadership Team of the Japan Baptist Mission.

Preaching Ministry

Dr. Franklin is active in the community, serving as the preaching pastor on the Twin Rivers Nursing Facility worship team (First Baptist, Arkadelphia). In April 2012 he was called to Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arkadelphia as bi-vocational pastor. He also chairs the Reach Our World outreach team for the Red River Baptist Association. From October 16, 2012 to February 28 2013 he hosted "The Bible Says" Radio Broadcast Series on KYXK 106.9, Arkadelphia, AR.


Published Material

De-ta kara Purojekuto he” (From Data to Project), in Eriya no Yo ni (Like Elijah), Elijah Group Publishing Committee, Shinza, Japan: 2009.

Bei, Ou, Ajia no Rekishitekina Reiteki Kakusei” (Spiritual Awakenings in America, Europe, and Asia ), in Eriya no Yo ni (Like Elijah), Elijah Group Publishing Committee, Shinza, Japan: 2009.

Bijon to Hataraki no Shushi” (The Connection between Vision and Action ), in Eriya no Yo ni (Like Elijah), Elijah Group Publishing Committee, Shinza, Japan: 2009.

Subarashii Toppaguchi ” (A Wonderful Breakthrough), in Eriya no Yo ni (Like Elijah), Elijah Group Publishing Committee, Shinza, Japan: 2009.

“Japanese Need Jesus,” Japan Harvest Magazine. Spring 2003.

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