We help churches & seminaries all over the world train disciple-makers ...
to personally befriend and equip each new member with the needed ministry skills to enjoy a lifetime of spiritual growth and evangelistic multiplication.
A Short History of the Modern Disciple-Making Movement
In 1926, the founder of the modern disciple-making movement, Dawson Trotman, became a Christian at the age of 20. Early in his walk with Christ, he made a major discovery. If he invested personal time discipling a new convert —the quality of that man’s spiritual life would be radically different from Christians who were simply given a quick handshake with no follow-up when they joined a church.
For this reason, Dawson developed friendships with new Christians & showed them how to grow by reading God’s Word, studying, memorizing, meditating on it, & applying it to their lives.
In 1934, he founded a para-church organization called “The Navigators.” His vision was to equip dedicated men and women around the world to carry out the Great Commission.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19
About Billie Hanks Jr.
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
- 1 Corinthians 11:1
Personal & ministry background
Billie Hanks Jr., founder of “Becoming a Disciple-Maker,” was born on May 24, 1944 in San Angelo, TX. He was reared in a ranching family and at the age of 10 received Jesus Christ as his Savior. In his teenage years, he recalls—“Every summer I would go to the revival services at my church and, ‘go forward.’ I always marked the box saying I wanted to re-dedicate my life to Christ. People must have thought I was very worldly! The truth is—I wasn’t—I was just expressing the reality that I genuinely wanted to grow deeper in my faith. The problem was, I needed someone to show me how by their example.”
In 1954, Billie and his family were vacationing in Scotland and several members of the Billy Graham evangelistic team “happened” to be staying at the same hotel. Billie met Billy Graham and Grady Wilson (Billy Graham’s associate evangelist) and they became lifelong friends. Grady discipled him for over 23 years until he went home to be with the Lord.
At the age of 20, Billie became BGEA’s first intern. He traveled throughout the world with the Billy Graham team learning crusade evangelism and became an experienced evangelist in his own right having preached in 29 countries. Later, when Billie was 35, he was invited to serve as a “minister at large” for BGEA. In this capacity he equipped several thousand disciple-makers to minister to new Christians.
As a freshman in college, he read a book that would change the focus of his ministry forever - "Born to Reproduce" by Dawson Trotman. Later in seminary he read "The Master Plan of Evangelism" by Robert Coleman. Realizing the importance of life-to-life training, he began discipling men who had a passion for carrying out the Great Commission. Together, they developed disciple-making materials for churches to use throughout the world. Billie graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas with a Master of Divinity Degree, and received honorary doctorates from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.
IEA is born
In 1972, International Evangelism Association was born and today it guides the highly effective ministry of “Becoming a Disciple-Maker.” It implements a relational life-changing New Testament disciple-making process in numerous countries and languages. The shared goal of Dr. Hanks & IEA has always been to work through visionary Christian churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries... seeing spiritual multiplication occur throughout succesive generations.
For the last 50 years Billie Hanks Jr. and the IEA team have been and continue to actively minister throughout the world. The “Becoming a Disciple-Maker” Lead Church strategy and friendship based equipping process is now being taught for credit in Christian seminaries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Hanks has followed in Trotman’s steps and is training IEA staff to do the same - teaching and training thousands of Great Commission minded pastors from many denominations how to close their “back doors” and “equip church members” to grow and multiply spiritually.
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2
IEA at 50 Years, and Beyond...
IEA's Spiritual Partners in the Great Commission
The IEA Team
Billie Hanks Jr.
Billie is currently celebrating 50 years of service as IEA's founder and president - leading in all areas of global ministry direction in 40 partnering nations.
Randy has led IEA's California office for more than 30 years - providing leadership in product development, writing & editing, international relations, and more.
Main Office Director, Store Manager
Randy has over 30 years of service with IEA - leading office operations, orders, shipping, book layout, and much more at IEA's head office in Texas.
Global Digital Director
Matthew leads IEA's communication, media, digital ministries and is now based in Arkansas after many years as a missionary in Asia.
Melissa serves as IEA's lead administrative assistant at our head office in Texas.
IT Structural Engineer
Gus leads a successful real-estate business & volunteers as IEA's structural architect for our digital disciple-making app.
Bishop Efraim Tendero
Global Director - Galilean Movement
Global Ambassador - World Evangelical Alliance
After many years in worldwide leadership, Bishop Ef serves as the WEA's Global Ambassador and Global Director for the Galilean Movement.
Director, IEA Latin America
Alejandro provides leadership for all aspects of "Como ser un Hacedor de Discípulos" in the entire Spanish-speaking world.
Director, IEA Europe & Western Asia
Willi oversees IEA's efforts in multiple languages, in a vast number of countries spanning three continents - primarily focused on Europe & Western Asia.
Drs. Joseph & Rosa Shao
Directors, IEA Global Academic Partnerships
After many years in leadership in the academic world, Joseph and Rosa now serve with IEA in the areas of theological education & Chinese ministry.
Pastor Gerardo Leon
IEA Costa Rica, Central America
Gerardo plays a key role in both Costa Rica and other Central American countries, leading workshops in several nations.
Ana Jolibeth Rodriguez
IEA Latin America
Ana Jolibeth serves a vital role in supporting the IEA ministry throughout the spanish-speaking world, & in her home Nicaragua.
Pastor Jerry Acosta
IEA Central America
Jerry brings vast experience to IEA's team in Central America - helping to equip churches for disciple-making online & offline.
Bishop Jaume Torrado
Jaume provides leadership for IEA Spain, bringing his experience, connections, and passion to the disciple-making ministry of España.
Rev. Dr. Victor Wong
IEA Global Chinese Ministries
Victor has served the Lord for decades in pastoring, in teaching, and in disciple-making. Victor supports IEA's Chinese ministries globally.
World Evangelical Alliance, IEA Asia
Third serves with the World Evangelical Alliance, and provides support for the "Decade of Disciple-Making" in his home Philippines as well.
Dr. Rungson Sugunta
Sam is a valuable teammate - serving to equip Thai churches with the needed tools & skills for disciple-making.
World Evangelical Alliance, IEA Asia
Elsie serves with the WEA - providing team and logistical support for global initiatives as well as efforts in her native Philippines.
Reach out any time. We'd love to hear from you!