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Jimmy M. Dorrell

Founder and Executive Director, Mission Waco

Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies Department


Born: 1/1/50 in Huntsville, Texas (Childhood in Conroe, TX)

Married: Janet C. Dorrell

Children: Seth M. Dorrell (9/10/80)

Josh B. Dorrell (7/8/82)

M. Zach Dorrell (12/2/87)

Crystalina M. Dorrell (10/20/90)


Trolls and Truth: 14 Realities About Today’s Church We Don’t Want to See (2006)

Plunge2Poverty: The Poverty Simulation Manual (2007)


Doctor of Ministry, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, 2001

Baylor University, Masters of Arts. Environmental Studies, 1993

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, 1978

Baylor University, B.A., Religion 1972


Founder/Executive Director -Mission Waco (Cross Culture Experiences, Inc.) 1992-present

Pastor of Church Under the Bridge- 1992-present

Professor (Adjunct)- Baylor University & George W. Truett Seminary, 1993-present

And at Bakke Graduate University (Seattle) and Eastern University (Philadelphia)

Response Program Director, Tejas Council of Camp Fire, Waco, 1984-92

Parent Educator & job trainer for at risk youth-Waco I.S.D.-part time; 1992-96

T.E.A.M. Skills, Inc.-1993-present; for-profit organization to teach teamwork skills through

experiential education and as a Ropes/Challenge Course Instructor

Youth Director, Highland Baptist Church, Waco, Tx. 1970-75

Recreation Supervisor, Waco State Home, 1975-77 and 1978

Inner City Director, First United Methodist Church, Ft. Worth, Tx. 1977-78

Family Life Specialist, Family Counseling and Children's Services, Waco, Tx. 1978

Associate Pastor/Youth & College, West Memorial Baptist Church, Houston, 1978-81


World Hunger Relief, Trainer in Haiti and India, 1984-85

Board of Directors:

Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Board 2011

Christian Community Development Corporation, 2006-2009; 2009-present Advisory Board.

HOT Homeless Coalition- Board of Director 2005-present

Dept. of Family/Consumer Sciences Advisory Board- 2009-present

Junior League of Waco Community Advisory Board- 2009-present

Mission Waco Community Development Corporation Board 2001-2004

City of Waco Homelessness Committee 2005

McLennan Community College Continuing Education Advisory Board, 1999-present

CareLinc Network- president of collaborative effort to link agencies/churches; 1998-2001

Baylor University Family Ministry Advisory Board-1999-present

Census 2000 Special Housing Subcommittee Chair-1999-2000

Waco Tribune Herald Board of Contributors, 1995-present

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, 1988-1992 (president 1990-92)

Child Placement Services, adoption agency 1992-1994

Waco Park and Recreation Commission, 1992-1995

Northern Little League, 1991-1994

Parents as Teachers- early childhood education Board; 1993-present

Parent Education Program- teen parents in public school, 1993-present

Review Panel, Waco Community Block Grant Development, chair. 1993

Vision 20-20-City of Waco Planning Committee, 1995

Cross Culture Experiences, Inc.-poverty education training, pres. 1991-present

Compassion Ministries of Waco- founder of homeless shelter, 1994-1999; president, 1994

Hope For the Hungry- international hunger organization, 1994-96

Sanger Heights Neighborhood Association-Board 1995-97; President-1995/96

City of Waco Housing Task Force, 1997-98


1995 Family of the Year Award-Waco Conference of Christians & Jews

Hometown Hero Award, 1997

2000 Citizen of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Waco Unit

Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award-2000 Baylor University Alumni-

Brook Hays Christian Citizenship Award 2006, from Second Baptist Church, Little Rock Arkansas

George W. Truett Ministry Award for Ministerial Excellence-2006, from Baptist Standard and Baylor

University/Truett Seminary


Table Tennis, Racquetball, Tennis, Snow skiing, Outdoor adventure


I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of any his followers’ beliefs,

values and lifestyle. He clearly was concerned with bringing “good news” to the poor, oppressed,

and marginalized. My life goal is to follow that example and empower the poor to a holistic life that

represents the Kingdom of God. I am also committed to mobilizing the Christian community to

become more involved with the poor of the urban world in the U.S. and throughout the world.


1505 Barron

Waco, Texas 76707

(254) 753-4900 (office)



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