Saved at the age of six, Ray Franklin was called to preach in junior high and called to missions in his early 20s. Dr.
Franklin and his wife served as church planters in Japan for 23 years with the International
Mission Board (IMB), and he later joined the faculty of the Pruet School of Christian
Studies in 2004. Now a tenured professor, Dr. Franklin said he has "the privilege
of doing my part to raise up the next generation of missionaries."
After meeting at Howard Payne University, the Franklins married in 1976. Together
they have three children - all married - and three grandchildren.
What is a favorite moment of working with students at Ouachita?
Ouachita students are the greatest. I enjoy watching the "lights come on" when they
begin to understand missions is not an option for a genuine Christ-follower. I am
especially gratified when students email me after graduation to say they have encountered,
in real life, the concepts we covered in class.
Areas of Expertise
Featured Courses Taught:
- Intro to Christian Missions
- Intercultural Communication
- Elementary Japanese
- Coordinates Ouachita's Hands On Study Abroad program
- Pastors Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Arkadelphia
- Member of Evangelical Missiological Society
- Member of Evangelical Theological Society