Dr. Ralph Winter was featured as a seminar speaker in a bulletin of the Greater Los Angeles Sunday School Association in September of 1992. The bulletin is titled “Glass Window” with the subtitle “Serving the Needs of Today’s Christian Educators.” He is speaking for their Glass Convention to be held in November. His biographical write up states that he is giving an intensive seminar on missions and that he is the director of the U.S. Center for World Mission. He was born and raised in California and in his young years was involved in Christian Endeavor, Youth for Christ, and the Navigators. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Caltech and taught at Westmont College for one year. “His interest and concern for the world grew and after attending the first ‘Urbana,’ he helped organize a pioneer effort to Afghanistan.” His other degrees are a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Columbia University, a PhD in Structural Linguistics from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and served in Guatemala as a missionary for ten years and as a professor at Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission for another ten years.
The column goes on to mention that “[Winter] has written extensively and has contributed regularly to a number of Christian magazines such as Moody Monthly, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Eternity and Christianity Today.” Among his publications are Theological Education by Extension and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. This intensive seminar will be about the missions crisis in the local church, what the task is that remains for missions, and practical ways of creating mission vision in the local church. Jesus commands us in the Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations” but are we as believers truly faithfully following the Lord’s last command? The piece concludes by saying that attendees will be greatly inspired in this seminar as they hear about the challenge of missions from a different perspective.