Ray Bakke


Raymond J. Bakke currently serves as Chancellor of English speaking programs for the Union University of California. Through his own company, Ray Bakke Associates, he continues to invest in the next generation of urban ministry leaders locally, nationally, and around the globe, by speaking, teaching, mentoring, consulting and publishing. RBA partners with those who are developing major cities as laboratories for community transformation, and provides opportunities to participate in the fellowship of that vast international network of leaders who leverage their influence to empower the church to be creatively missional in an urban world.

Previously Ray served as Chancellor, distinguished professor of global urban ministry, and member of the Board of Regents at Bakke Graduate University until his retirement from BGU in December 31, 2011.

From 1959 through 1979 Dr. Bakke pastored inner-city churches in Seattle and Chicago. During that time he also co-founded the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), and taught Bible at Trinity College and Church History at McCormick Theological Seminary. Between 1979 and 1989 he served as Professor of Ministry at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ray founded International Urban Associates (IUA) in 1989. IUA animated a network of more than 100 urban-based church and mission leaders in many of the largest cities of the world. Between 1990 and June, 2001, he was Professor of Global Urban Ministry at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He served as Senior Associate for Large Cities with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism from 1979 to 1995.

Since 1979 Dr. Bakke has personally led or served as a major resource leader for urban ministry consultations in more than 200 large cities on six continents. He is author of THE URBAN CHRISTIAN (InterVarsity Press, 1987), a groundbreaking book on urban ministry which has been translated into eight foreign languages. He is a collaborative author of ESPOIR POUR LA VILLE, DIEU DANS LA CITE, the first book of its kind done in and for French-speaking cities. He is also a theme editor for the WORD IN LIFE STUDY BIBLE (Thomas Nelson, 1996).

Ray’s most recent publication is A SURPRISING JOURNEY (Bakken Books, 2009). Other publications are STREET SIGNS (New Hope Publishers, 2006), A THEOLOGY AS BIG AS THE CITY (InterVarsity Press, 1997), THE EXPANDED MISSION OF CITY CENTER CHURCHES (International Urban Associates, 1998), which he co-authored with Sam Roberts, and A BIBLICAL WORD FOR AN URBAN WORLD (Board of International Ministries, 2000), which contains a series of Bible studies that both inspire and direct the reader to come to the texts in ways that bring engagement in Christian mission from a global perspective.