Teaching and Pastoral

Dr Ed Grudier

Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission, Head of Missions

BA, MDiv (Columbia International University), DMin (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Role at SMBC:

Ed, in his role as Director of the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission, seeks to ensure that all college programs reflect SMBC’s passion for God’s mission. He strives for innovation and excellence in all mission training and builds mutually constructive relationships with mission agencies. He coordinates the cross-cultural college mission teams, oversees the biennial college Missions Week, and lectures in several missions units. 

Prior to SMBC:

Ed worked in Nuclear Power for the U.S. Navy for 6 years (1982-1988). After completing his military service, Ed with his wife Kathy went to Columbia International University to prepare for missionary service. Before departing for missionary service, Ed served as an Intern to the Missions Pastor at The Chapel, in Akron Ohio (1991-1992). Ed and Kathy served for 14 years with WEC International in church planting and field leadership in a Central Asian country (1993-2007). During this time he also served in WEC’s International Department for Equipping and Advance (2003-2004) and as a visiting lecturer at Cornerstone Bible College for Mission Training in the Netherlands (2004-2007).  After returning to the U.S., Ed worked as the Missions Pastor at Cherrydale Baptist Church located just outside of Washington D.C. (2007-2021).

Academic Interests:

Cross-cultural church planting, Cross-cultural communication, Biblical theology, Refugee ministry.

Publications and Research:

Speaking Ministry:

  • WEC Australian Conference - Short Commands of Jesus That Take a Lifetime to Master, 2022
  • Global Missions Forum - How to Raise Up Missionaries From Within Your Church, 2022
  • ReachOut Workshop - Discipling Believers from a Muslim Background, 2022
  • Speaker at various church conferences, retreats, and missions Sundays, 2008-present
  • Perspectives lessons in dozens of churches in the Metro D.C. area, 2008-2020
  • The Crescent Project National Conference – Workshop presenter on Refugee Ministry, 2018
  • MissionNext Conference – Workshop presenter on Using Your Skills for Short-term Missions, 2015
  • ACMC Conference – Workshop presenter on The Nuts and Bolts of Sending Short-term Teams, 2010
  • Frontiers SE Asia Area Conference – Devotional speaker on Ministry Principles of Paul in 2 Corinthians, 2010
  • WEC U.S. Sending Base Annual Conference – Workshop presenter on Untangling Church Planting Movements, 2008
  • Leading cross-cultural church planting training workshops for missionary teams, 2003-04


Ed was married to Kathy (who passed away in 2023) and has two children and two grandchildren. Ed enjoys reading missionary biographies, playing backgammon with his children, playing anything with his grandchildren, eating food from different countries, and playing basketball.

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