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Dr. Stuart Sheehan
President & CEO, WHMI
Director, World Hope Bible Institute

Dr. Stuart Sheehan was born in 1960 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Shortly after the death of his father, he placed his faith in Jesus Christ at age eight. He accepted his first ministry position while still a student at Furman University in 1979. Following his graduation in 1982, he went to the University of Texas at Austin, completing both masters and doctoral degrees. While in graduate school he met his future wife, Amy (Brantley) Sheehan, who was also a graduate student at Texas. His ministry in the local church spanned more than 30 years, serving churches in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. In 1988, he was introduced to World Hope Ministries International. Ten years later, he joined the Board of Directors. In 2008, WHMI established the World Hope Bible Institute and Dr. Sheehan became its first Director as a volunteer. The overwhelming need of pastors led him to answer the call to become WHBI’s first full-time Director effective August 1, 2011. In November 2011, Dr. Sheehan was named President (the chief executive officer) of World Hope Ministries International. Dr. Sheehan's desire to serve the needs of a growing global organization led him to see further qualifications in theology. In 2017, he completed the Ph.D. at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Sheehan has traveled extensively as a speaker, teacher, preacher, singer and worship leader. His travel has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the US. He has been involved in international mission work for more than 35 years. He has a love for teaching and for more than 15 years he has served as an adjunct professor at Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) and has also served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Sheehan has also lectured at various conferences and colleges. In 1987, he married Amy, who has been involved in short-term missions for more than 20 years. Together they share the joy of parenting three children, a daughter and two sons, one of whom is married. He enjoys golf, hunting, and good BBQ.

Dwight Davis
Vice President, WHMI
Director, World Hope Global Reach

Pastor Dwight Davis was born in 1954 in Waco, Texas. At age 6, he placed his faith in Jesus as he and his father, WHMI Founder, Dr. Harold Davis, discussed what it meant to know God. Growing up in a home that hosted missionaries from all over the world, Pastor Davis developed a heart for the nations at an early age and has served in many regions around the world for the past 40 plus years.

During his freshman year at Howard Payne University, God called Pastor Davis to serve as Student Minister and Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Mason, Texas. While at FBC Mason, he married his High School sweetheart, Linda (Bolles) Davis, who was also called to ministry. Dwight earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard Payne University, and he and Linda have been on staff in various Baptist churches across Central and Southeast Texas. In 1997, California State Christian University awarded Dr. Davis an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in honor of 25 years of continued mission work.

The Davis’ have two children. Bryan, born in 1976, is a special young man who was born with Fragile X. Bryan continues to live with the Davis family. God has used Bryan throughout his life and has opened doors for the Davis family to help meet the needs of individuals like Bryan as well as their families. In 1979, their second child, Jessica, was born. Jessica is a corporate attorney and resides in Houston with her husband, Lucas Mauro, who is also an attorney. God has blessed Jessica and Lucas with two children, blessing the Davis' with two grandchildren. Wyatt Davis Mauro and his younger sister, McKenzie Jean Mauro, are a joy and are growing up with a heart for the Lord as well.

Gary Barker
Vice President of Finance and Operations

Gary was born in Austin, Texas, in 1961. He is the son of godly parents and was raised in the church. At the age of 10 years, Gary came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Gary met the love of his life (Vicki) at the age of 17, and they have been married nearly 36 years. Gary and Vicki have two children, both married and saved, and one granddaughter. With Gary's job, the family moved every few years, which allowed Gary and Vicki to become involved in many local churches. Currently, they are members of Magnolia First. Gary has over 30 years of experience as a senior finance and accounting leader. His experience includes 15 years at Ernst & Young, and over 10 years as a senior finance director for public software companies, including 3 years in Europe as the EMEA Director of Finance & Administration. Gary received a BBA from the University of Texas, with a major in accounting. Gary enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and all types of sports.

Billy Ross
Vice President for Mobilization and Ministry Partnerships

Billy grew up in Nashville, TN, where his family went to church regularly. When he was 6 years old, he heard a sermon on hell and did not want to go there. After sharing his concern with his mother, she consulted with the pastor as to how to deal with one so young. She was advised to just answer his questions fully and completely, which she did. A few weeks later, he walked the aisle of the church where he made public his profession of faith in Jesus. After graduating from college with a degree in accounting, he became a C.P.A. and worked in the business world until God called him into full-time ministry. Since graduating from seminary, he has served churches in Alabama, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Virginia. as well as serving as the Associate Director of Pioneers, an international missions agency. He is the former Senior Pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in Centreville, VA. He and his wife, Diane, have been married for 37 years, have 2 adult sons and 2 grandchildren. One of the highlights of his preaching/teaching ministry came in October 2015, when he had the privilege of teaching in the World Hope Bible Institute in Paris, France. Although the city was as beautiful as he had imagined, the real beauty was teaching approximately 120 young French church leaders and prospective church leaders who do not have ready access to theological training. Billy joined the WHMI Board in 2016 and has now rotated off to take on this new position.

Noel Vincent
Provost & Associate Director, World Hope Bible Institute

Noel joined World Hope in 2012.  He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is currently preparing his research project for a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen (UK).  Prior to joining World Hope, Noel served for twelve years as Senior Pastor of Compass Community Church in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of Houston's Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Council of Southwestern Seminary’s Houston campus. In addition to his academic pursuits and ministry work, Noel is Managing Director of Senior Partners Wealth Management, a full-service estate, investment, and tax planning practice. He has more than 30 years of professional business management and investment experience. His firm manages investor assets exceeding $100 million.  Noel was born in the Midwest, but he was raised in Texas. He coached elite youth baseball for ten years and is an avid fisherman and bird hunter. Noel and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for 30 years, and they have two children in college, Chelsea and Noah.  

Craig Kendrick
Associate Director, World Hope Global Reach

Craig was born in 1968 in El Paso, TX. At age 12, he was introduced to the Gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ in Shamrock, TX. It was then that Craig became a follower of Jesus and began his journey in the Kingdom of God. After graduating High School in Stratford, TX, in 1986, he went to Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and his Texas Teaching Certificate. In 1991, Craig began teaching High School math in Spring ISD and continued for 8 more years. It was also in 1991, that Craig married his best friend, Julie. In 1999, after being appointed as a deacon/servant in his church, he was approached by the Pastor to consider joining the staff full-time as an Associate Pastor to Students. After much prayer and discussion with spiritual advisors, Craig and Julie believed God was calling Craig into full-time vocational ministry. That same year, God granted Craig and Julie 3 girls, all siblings, through adoption. In 2002, God began to move their hearts to international missions. In November, the Kendrick family moved to Paris, France to work with the International Mission Board, assigned to share and teach the gospel to Muslims. While in Paris they were blessed with two more children in 2003 and 2006. In 2009, God released them from Paris to return to Houston, where they began to pursue God’s next mission assignment. After two years of teaching math and one year of interim student ministry at Houston Northwest Church, God opened the door for Craig to join the WHMI staff as Associate Director of Global Reach. Craig has been working in this capacity since July 2012. God has given Craig a passion to teach His word, equip the called and make His great gospel known to the nations. He has traveled extensively all over the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ and train leaders. Craig and Julie have been married for 25 years and they have 5 amazing children, Traci (20), Katelyn (18), Bailey (17), Michael (14), and Claire (10). When he is home, he loves to spend time with his family and serve in his church.

Juan Padilla
Associate Director, World Hope Bible Institute - Latin America

Originally from West TX, Juan's father was a church planter and pastor in Woodrow, TX. While visiting an uncle in Sudan, TX, (a church planter with the Home Mission Board), Juan realized in a personal way what Jesus did on the cross for him and he turned his life over to Christ.

Juan earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University and subsequently became a CPA. He received an MBA from the University of Houston and the Masters in Missiology from South Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  Juan worked at Shell Oil Company in various management positions in Great Britain, The Netherlands, The Philippines, and the USA.  Throughout his business career, he was actively engaged in ministry. Juan and his wife, Nancy, helped to plant a church in South Aldine, Houston. Additionally, Juan has participated in the planning, training, and leading of 35 short-term mission trips through WHMI. Locations of these trips include Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, and Brazil.

Juan and Nancy most recently served as missionaries for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, where God used them to take the gospel to an unreached people group in South America. Juan and Nancy have been married for 40 years and have one married adult son and one married adult daughter who has blessed them with a grandson.

 As Associate Director, World Hope Bible Institute – Latin America, Juan will oversee the general health of WHMI’s work in Latin America and work to ensure the healthy operation of Bible Institute locations in Latin America. 

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