Dr. Bruce Carlton

Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry
Office Location Montgomery Hall, 214
Phone (Office) 405.585.4430
OBU Mailbox # 61273
Email bruce.carlton@okbu.edu


R. Bruce Carlton joined the OBU faculty in the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry in August 2011. Carlton comes to OBU with over 20 years of field experience with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1986-2007). Carlton and his wife Gloria lived and served in Hong Kong, Cambodia, India, and Singapore during their missionary career. Having been actively involved in church-planting movements in various places in Asia, Carlton is well-respected as a missionary trainer and remains involved in training missionaries and church planters around the globe. Previously, Carlton served as an Associate Professor of Missions and Departmental Coordinator at Boyce College in Louisville, KY (2007-2011).

The Carltons have been married for 40 years and have two grown daughters Elizabeth Falls (Ryan) and Mary Margaret Sparks (Jason). They have two granddaughters Miriam Falls and Olive Ruby Sparks, and one grandson Arthur Sparks.


  • B.A., Georgetown College, 1978
  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
  • M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1992
  • D.Th., University of South Africa, 2006

Courses Taught

  • CCCM 1012 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 2959 Topics in Applied Ministry
  • CCCM 2999 Independent Study in Applied Ministry
  • CCCM 2183 Intro to Evangelism
  • CCCM 2183 WW Intro to Evangelism
  • CCCM 2403 Communication in Oral Cultures
  • CCCM 2413 Cross-Cultural Church Planting
  • CCCM 2423 Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 2753 Survey of Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 2859 Practicum in Cross -Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 3003 Chronological Bible Storying
  • CCCM 3146 Church Planting Internship
  • CCCM 3953 Principles and Methods of Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 4329 Advance Topics in Applied Ministry: The Bible and the Qur’an
  • CCCM 4953 Research and Readings: Spiritual Warfare
  • CCCM 4953 Research and Readings: Qur'an and the Bible (scheduled Fall 2018)
  • CCCM 4959 Field Research in Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • CCCM 4989 Practicum in Orality Studies
  • CCCM 4999 Independent Study in Applied Ministry
  • REL 3423 World Religions
  • HON 2719 Colloquium in Theology: Insider Movements
  • HON 3779 Contracted Study: Orality and Memory

School of Christian Services

  • REL 3423WW World Religions
  • CCCM 2753WW Survey of Cross-Cultural Ministry

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

  • INTC 6523 WW Intercultural Communication
  • INTC 6543 WW International Church Planting
  • INTC 6553 WW Contemporary Missiology in Intercultural Contexts
  • ORAL 6753 WW Narrative Teaching for Oral Learners

Selected Publications

Acts 29: Practical Training in Facilitating Church-Planting Movements among the Neglected Harvest Fields (2003) – translated into 17 languages

Acts 29 Trainer’s Manual (2003)

Project Thessalonica: Acts 29 Training for Churches (2003)

Amazing Grace: Lessons on Church-Planting Movements from Cambodia (2004)

Strategy Coordinator: Changing the Course of Southern Baptist Missions (2009)

“Multiplying Leaders on Mission with God,” in On Mission with God (2012)

“Encountering Muslims with the Good News,” Article in the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, November 2013

Book Review. Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia in Their Own Words (Volume 1). Compiled by Asian Access. Asian Access, P.O. Box 3307, Cerritos, CA. Review printed in Evangelical Mission Quarterly (EMQ), 2017.


Member of University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE)

Member Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS)