A Shared Vision for UBTS
UPF is blessed to recognize a wide range of mission organizations and churches who share our vision to help raise up Christian leaders in Ukraine. Our mutual goal is to see UBTS thrive and grow in enrollment, influence, and impact. Some examples are described below:
The International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention has three priorities: Evangelism/ Discipleship, Church Planting and Training National Leaders. In partnership with UBTS, the IMB is training Ukrainian leaders and pastors by providing personnel resources to advance the Seminary’s mission and work.
For example, Dr. Russell Woodbridge, previously professor and Assistant Dean at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, now serves as Academic Dean at UBTS, working closely with Seminary President Slavik Pyzh to develop new programs and strategic initiatives. Dr. Ingrid Woodbridge, his wife, teaches two courses and is a mentor in the Women’s Ministry Program. They have been joined by Dr. Dan Upchurch, now a professor at UBTS, and his wife, Lori, who is developing a new Christian Education Program.
SEND International is an interdenominational, multinational, evangelical mission organization with over 500 missionaries serving in Asia, Europe, Eurasia and North America. Missionaries Herb and Kim Burkett serve in the UBTS International Missions and Women’s departments respectively, where Kim teaches and both are mentors.
Mission Eurasia, through its School Without Walls program, brings flexible, hands-on leadership training to equip young Christian men and women with biblical wisdom, leadership skills, and practical ministry experience. The program provides complete teaching and support for students in the UBTS Young Leaders Program.