M. David Sills, D.Miss., Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean of Christian Missions, SBTS
  • A.P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology, SBTS Director of the Doctor of Missiology program, SBTS
  • Director of the International Church Planting program, SBTS
  • Director of Great Commission Ministries, SBTS


  • David and Mary have been married for over thirty years and have two married children and three grandchildren.
  • David and Mary’s children are all graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


  • B.A., Belhaven College, 1988
  • M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991 D.Miss., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1997 Ph.D., Reformed Theological Seminary, 2001
  • Academic Experience/Ministry Experience/Employment:
  • David joined Southern Seminary after serving as a missionary in Ecuador. While with the International Mission Board, he served as church planter and general evangelist among the
  • Highland Quichua people in the Andes and as a seminary professor at the Ecuadorian Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • He also served as Rector and professor of the Baptist seminary as a missionary with Global Outreach International.
  • In addition to leadership training and seminary ministry that has taken him throughout Latin America and as far away as Nepal, David has started and pastored churches in both the United States and Ecuador.


  • Quichuas De La Sierra. Abya-Yala: Quito, Ecuador, 2001.
  • Capacitacion Pastoral En La Cultura Quichua. Abya-Yala: Quito, Ecuador, 2001 Comparative Analysis of the Three Major Religious Movements of the Highland Quichuas from Inca
  • Conquest to Present. (D.Miss Dissertation)
  • Highland Quichuas: Discovering A Culturally Appropriate Pastoral Training Model. (Ph.D. Dissertation)
  • The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God’s Plan for the World. Moody Publishers: Chicago, IL, 2008.
  • Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience. Moody Publishers: Chicago, IL, 2010.

Awards and Honors:

  • Summa Cum Laude, Belhaven College, December 1988
  • The Award in Biblical Studies, Belhaven College, 1988-89.
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1989. Woodward Scholar, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1990.
  • Nelson Bell Missions Honors Scholar, Reformed Theological Seminary, 2000-01.


  • American Anthropological Association Association of Professors of Mission American Society of Missiology Evangelical Missiological Society