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.

Meet our Team

Ted Smith

Regional Director of Ministry | Midwest Region

Ted 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, youth minister, conference speaker, pastor, church planter, mentor and coach. Ted currently serves as the Regional Director of Ministry for World Impact's Midwest Region.

Ted also serves as an adjunct professor of Bible and Preaching at Dallas Christian College and is an instructor at The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) of Dallas coaching, mentoring, and training leaders for urban ministry.

In addition to leading ministries, Ted had a successful career in information technology serving as the IT Division Manager for a Dallas based fortune 500 company among other roles in corporate settings. Ted has a BA in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College and a MA in New Testament and Preaching from Johnson University. Ted 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
stttShaun Estrada is originally from Wichita, KS and now currently resides in Dallas, TX. Shaun has been happily married to her husband David for almost two decades and they continue to enjoy raising their beautiful children. She has served in church finance for over 10 years for various ministries.

Shaun assists the director with administrative functions, coordinating volunteers and church communications. In addition, Shaun serves in the Membership department and leads the Women's ministry at Antioch Church. She is regularly featured as a guest speaker at area women's ministry events.

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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, they began their work with World Impact Dallas. Jim and Becky provide leadership to Hope Fellowship, one of our church plants, work with families in the community, serve with visiting mission groups, and lead weekly prayer walks in the neighborhood.

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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 208)
Dallas, TX 75228
Office: 214-426-0044