payne jd 300x300px“I am extremely encouraged when I hear of an organization with a vision to influence leaders, local churches, church networks, and entire countries for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Such is a biblical vision that demands appropriate action!

Asian Access has that vision and is on the move! They understand as the Lord of the harvest sends laborers into His field, such servants need to be properly nurtured and developed for the multiplication of disciples, leaders, and churches. Check out their passion, perspective, and pathway to the field and be encouraged!”

J. D. Payne, Ph.D.,
Author, Missiologist, Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama


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J. D. Payne is an author, missiologist, and Associate Professor of Christian Ministry at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining the faculty at Samford, J. D. served as an Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Crossroads Bible College (Indianapolis), Boyce College (Louisville), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest), and Beeson Divinity School (Birmingham). He has published thirteen books and numerous articles on missions and evangelism and contributed chapters to other publications.

J. D. is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, American Society of Missiology, Great Commission Research Network, and the Evangelical Missiological Society, where he held executive leadership roles. He also served as a national missionary with the North American Mission Board, provided leadership on church planting teams in Kentucky and Indiana, and for nineteen years, pastored churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama, most recently as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills. He is married to Sarah, a physician at Christ Health Center in Birmingham. They have three children: Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.