The World Impact Dallas Team

Our team seeks to identify, train, and resource urban disciple-makers to plant churches that evangelize, disciple, and engage in compassionate ministry to their community. The Dallas ministry currently resources two church plants and is assisting two other church planters as they plan to launch churches in the spring of 2016.

The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) of Dallas currently offers leadership training for students at three locations in Dallas and is working with four other ministry partners who will launch satellite campuses of TUMI in 2016.

The Instituto Ministerial Urbano (IMU) de Dallas offers classes at World Impact Dallas and oversees IMU locations in Guadalajara MX. They have graduated 50 students since 2010.

Our Purpose: For over 40 years, nationally, and 19 years, in Dallas, World Impact has sought to honor and glorify God and to delight in Him in the inner cities by knowing God and making Him known.

The Need: Today, it is clear, what urban poor communities need the most, are trained Godly leaders who will advance God's Kingdom through the local church.

Our Work To identify, train, and resource urban disciple-makers to plant churches that evangelize, disciple, and engage in compassionate ministry to their community.

The Fruit we Seek: To see empowered urban poor advancing GOD's Kingdom through their own local churches.

Our Dallas Team

Ted Smith

Regional Director of Ministry, Midwest

Ted Smith grew up in the inner-city of Baltimore, MD. Since giving his life to Christian service nearly three decades ago, he has served as a missionary to the Philippines and worked with churches in Oklahoma and Texas. He currently serves as Regional Director of Ministry, overseeing ministry staff and ministry engagements throughout the Midwest Region.

He also serves as the Director of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) of Dallas facilitating classes and managing TUMI partnerships in the DFW area and beyond. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of Bible and Preaching at Dallas Christian College. Ted’s passion is to develop leaders for the urban context through classroom instruction, conferences, resourcing, coaching, and mentoring.

Ted has a BA in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College and a MA in New Testament and Preaching from Johnson University. He and his wife live in Dallas, TX. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. And yes, he knows he does not look old enough to have nine grandchildren.

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Shaun Estrada

Assistant to the Director

Shaun Estrada is originally from Wichita, KS and now currently resides in Dallas, TX. Shaun has been happily married and serving in ministry with her husband David for almost two decades and they continue to enjoy raising their beautiful children. She and her family are now planting their first church in Dallas, called, Mosaic Life Church.

Shaun assists the director with administrative functions and serves as a ministry developer. She facilitates and teaches at workshops, women’s discipleship classes, hosts a yearly women’s retreat to encourage and empower women across the city, and mentors women and couples in ministry. She is regularly featured as a guest speaker at area women’s ministry events and church conferences.

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Jim and Becky Elam


Jim was born and raised in the country of Lincolnton, GA. While in college, Jim accepted the Lord. Shortly after becoming a Christian he began to serve in a weekend Bible Club ministry of World Impact in Wichita, KS. After Jim graduated from Tabor College he joined World Impact building a discipleship program for Morning Star Ranch in Florence, KS. Later he returned to Tabor College to serve as the men's resident director, assistant football coach, track coach, and assistant dean of students at Tabor College.

Becky was born and raised in Mission, TX. Her parents were church planters. Becky accepted the Lord early in life. Becky's servant heart was cultivated by the example of her mother. She received her training in nursing at Hesston College and has served as a nurse in clinics and hospitals in Texas and Kansas. Becky and Jim met at Tabor College in 1980 and were married in 1988. Together they have served World Impact as directors of the Morning Star Ranch in Florence, KS for over 10 years.

In April of 2011, the Elam’s moved to Dallas to serve with our Dallas ministry. Jim and Becky serve the Fair Park community of Dallas working with New Found Life Bible Church and other ministry partners to serve the community. Jim oversees missionary groups who serve with us each spring break and summer introducing short-term mission groups to life and ministry in the city.

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Juan Pablo and Sol Herrera


Juan Pablo was transferred to Dallas in 1998 by his employer of eleven years, Mercedes Benz. After the move to Dallas Juan Pablo served the company for nine more years. During those years he and Sol were heavily involved in an inner-city ministry through Irving Bible Church (IBC) and began to feel called to inner city missions. Juan Pablo joined the World Impact staff in 2007 shortly after planting Iglesia del Maestro.

Juan Pablo and Sol serve the Hispanic community by bringing souls to Christ, preparing leaders through TUMI (The Urban Ministry Institute) in Dallas and Mexico, and planting churches in the city. Learn More

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Our Story

World Impact was birthed out of the rubble of the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles, when Keith Phillips made a deal with six boys who attended that initial Bible club: he promised to tell them about Jesus if they would tell him about life in the city.

Forty years later, World Impact missionaries are still making friends in the city, sharing the love of Jesus as they go.  How we love our neighbors has changed over the years.  God guided us through four distinct seasons of ministry, each built on and complemented by the previous phase. Read More

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World Impact Dallas
8344 East RL Thornton Freeway
(Suite 306)
Dallas, TX 75228
Office: 214-426-0044