Dr. Dwayne C. Ulmer began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2016 and is a Professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to coming to Gateway, he served as director of the Master of Arts in Student Ministry and as an Associate Professor of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University for 12 years. Before that he served as the president of Student Life Publishing, and as the managing director at Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources (11 years). He has served churches in Tennessee and Texas, as well as a conference leader and Bible study curriculum designer, writer, and editor for LifeWay and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was also an adjunct professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Dr. Ulmer has co-authored Essentials for Life After High School, Introducing the 21st Century Teenager and is the compiler/author of Basic Student Ministry in the Kingdom-Focused Church. He has also contributed chapters to Christian Education Leadership: Making Disciples in the 21st Century Church and Youth/Collegiate Christian Education: 12 Essentials for Effective Church Ministry to Students and Their Families as well as numerous articles on Christian leadership, Bible studies, study courses, articles, and devotionals for youth and adults. Dr. Ulmer is a member of the Society of Professors of Christian Ministry.
Dr. Ulmer’s doctoral research was “A Comparative Analysis of Hispanic and Anglo Youth Ministries in Churches of the Baptist General Convention of Texas,” where he developed an evaluation instrument for the educational ministries of local churches. He has also done significant post-graduate work in Christian History as a part of the Ph.D. program at Baylor University.
He and his wife, Misa, have three adopted boys, Kevin, Kyle and Erik. They also have a daughter, Amber, who is a graphic design professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, son-in-law, Bob, and two grandchildren.
Degrees and Accolades
Ed.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. in Journalism and Radio Television, Baylor University