Belton, Texas – Jimmy Dorrell, co-founder and Executive Director of Mission Waco and Senior Pastor of Church Under the Bridge, will be the guest speaker at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 and 11 a.m. in the W. W. Walton Chapel.
In 1978, Dorrell and his wife Janet moved into a deteriorating house in one of Waco’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and started practicing incarnational ministry. They began by offering programs and clubs for kids and teens out of their home and providing assistance wherever they could.
In 1991, after years of community ministry, the Dorrells established Cross Culture Experiences, a Christian non-profit geared towards helping students leave behind their comfortable lifestyles and better understand the experiences of the poor and marginalized populations around them. Within a year of these efforts, the Mission Waco program was created.
Mission Waco’s programs are built around three priorities. First and foremost, they are designed to be relationship-based, much like the Dorrells’ early ministry, serving the poor and marginalized. Second, they seek to mobilize middle-class Christians towards a more direct and personalized involvement in ministry. Finally, Mission Waco programs address systemic issues that have historically disempowered the poor.
Dorrell is also the author of three books, Trolls and Truth: 14 Realities About Today's Church That We Don't Want to See, Plunge2Poverty: An Intensive Poverty Simulation, and Dead Church Walking: Giving Life to the Church That Is Dying to Survive, and several journal and periodical articles.
UMHB chapel services are free and open to the public.