Dr. Curt Watke
Executive Director &
Director of Missional Research
Dr. Curt Watke founded the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry in 2003 and serves IICM as the Executive Director. Dr. Watke is a North American missiologist with a passion for reaching the diverse people groups across North America and beyond. He has served churches in pastoral ministry in Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania and trained church planters who started postmodern Anglo, Mandarin, and Portuguese-language churches in Canada. He has trained pastors on three continents, conducted sociocultural research in both the United States and Canada; served as a professor of Evangelism & Church Planting at Prairie Bible College and Graduate School in Alberta, Canada and has taught at four other seminaries and graduates schools in the United States and Canada. His experience has also included serving as a Church Growth consultant where he led urban Canadian churches in strategic ministry development processes. Before founding the Intercultural Institute, he served in the Church Planting Group at the North American Mission Board where he conducted sociocultural research among neotribal groups. Dr. Watke addresses aspects of North American culture, contextuality, and missional development in conferences throughout the US and Canada among pastors and denominational leaders. Watke has developed research methodologies and resource materials in helping pastors and church planters understand the neotribal cultures of North America. Similar to ethnolinguistic people groups, but not necessarily defined by ethnicity, neotribal cultures are groups of people who have similar behaviors, attitudes, and values. He has a MA in Biblical Studies and a MDiv in Exegetical Studies from Biblical Seminary and a PhD with full majors in both Evangelism and Missions from Southwestern Seminary. His dissertation evaluated the sociological underpinnings of urban evangelization. He has also studied at the School of World Missions, Fuller Seminary; Perkins School of Theology, SMU; and at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Ed Docampo
Associate Director for
Dr. Ed Docampo serves at IICM as Associate Director for Intercultural Ministries. In this capacity he leads the Intercultural Ministries Group who works with culturally diverse Pastors and lay people in the development of local missionary teams who penetrate specific cultural groups in their communities. Before joining IICM, Dr. Docampo served with the North American Mission Board in mission strategy development, as the Executive Director of the Greater Orlando (FL) Baptist Association, as Associate Director of the Language Church Starting Department of the Home Mission Board, as the Director of Language Missions and Men's Ministry for the Baptist Convention of New England, and as a pastor in New Orleans and Fort Worth. He has also served the United States Army as a Chaplain serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Dr. Docampo has a BS in Management from the University of New Orleans, an MDiv and a MRE from Southwestern Seminary, and a DMin in Cross Cultural Ethnic Missions from Golden Gate Seminary.
Dr. Sam K. Formby
Walker College of Business
Appalachian State University
Dr. Sam Formby is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information Systems Department of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. His teaching interests primarily include: Supply chain management, Operations management, and Project management. His research interests primarily include: Supply Chain and Supply Chain Risk, Causality of adverse events in operations, Operations and project risk management, Project management, Operations complexity, and Operations change management.
Prior to joining Appalachian State University, Dr. Formby spent more than thirty years in industry assignments with project management, engineering, applied R&D, and operations management responsibilities. Twenty-six of those years he was in management. Dr. Formby has maintained Senior Member status within IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and serves on their committee for program accreditation. In conjunction with his IEEE responsibilities, Dr. Formby is a program evaluator for ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) and reviews both national and international engineering programs for accreditation. Dr. Formby has also been an active member in the Project management Institute as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and in the Decision Sciences Institute.
Sam is a deacon at First Baptist Church, North Augusta, SC and has taught an Adult Sunday School class that studies through the Bible in a year for more than twelve years.
Robert M. Oswald, II
Certified Public Accountant
North Augusta, SC
Robert Oswald has served as a Certified Public Accountant since 1985. Previously he was the Vice President of Palmetto Security Services and served on the City Council of North Augusta. He is active in serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations including serving as: treasurer of Laces for Love and for the Paul Knox Educational Foundation and chairman of the finance committee of First Baptist Church of North Augusta. He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and served as an advisor to the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta, GA. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Augusta Technical College. He graduated from Augusta State University with a B.A. in accounting and has completed additional studies at Louisiana State University and MBA courses at Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina.
Margaret Slusher is a professional trainer, coach and owner of LEADPlus where she conducts conferences on coaching, conflict management, communication and other leadership issues. Previously she served as the Director of Church Planting for Leadership Network, in the Associational Strategy Group at the North American Mission Board, and at Noonday Baptist Association, Marietta, GA. She has a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University and is completing a PhD in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University.