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The Center for Global Engagement provides NGU students access to an international network of leaders, missionaries and Christian organizations.  Through the Center, students receive up-to-date information regarding mission field environments and emerging opportunities among people groups and population segments around the world. 

The Center, located in the Craft-Hemphill Building, serves as the missions hub of our campus. Its purpose is to promote missions, provide missiological resources, prepare missionaries, and produce Great Commission Christians who have a global impact on the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. Dr. Allen McWhite, Director of the Center, says, “It is exciting to have this kind of resource for our students and for our churches that sense God’s call to cross-cultural ministry, whether that is here in our own North American context or in strategic locations around the world.” Please stop by the Center, meet Dr. McWhite, and find out more about how you can be on mission with God among the nations.

In addition, the Center is instrumental in providing NGU students a range of North American and international opportunities in the form of short-term mission trips. Each school year, the Center coordinates L.I.G.H.T. teams (student mission teams) that travel throughout the world to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. Through these trips, students gain invaluable experience in cross-cultural evangelism and disciple-making, team dynamics, cultural awareness, project planning, and the development of professional and ministry skills.



Dr. Allen McWhite

Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership

Allen McWhite serves as the director of NGU's Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, McWhite directs the field immersion component required of all intercultural studies majors. He is a graduate of The Citadel Military College (B.S.); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min); and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Prior to serving at NGU, McWhite served as a field missionary with the International Mission Board. He has also been a pastor and military chaplain. Outside of his university responsibilities, he serves as a part-time law enforcement officer with the State of South Carolina. When not at work, Dr. McWhite and his wife, Ruth (Director of NGU’s Women Ministries) enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.



Each Fall semester, the Center for Global Engagement hosts a three-day Global Impact Conference at NGU. This conference spotlights world evangelism and the many challenges facing mission practitioners in the 21st century. For globally-focused students, it’s a vibrant time of hearing from leading missionaries and partner organizations serving Christ on the front lines of gospel advance, worldwide.


You can make a difference…..

Regardless of your academic major or future career plans, you have exciting opportunities to be involved in missions while attending NGU. Short-term mission teams (L.I.G.H.T. Teams) and field practicum experiences allow students to apply their coursework in meaningful and life-changing ways among people groups and population segments from every region of the world including North America.

Short-term mission trips are announced early each year for students to prayerfully consider and prepare for.  We welcome you to learn more and GO GLOBAL.


The Center for Global Engagement partners with a variety of like-minded, evangelical, Great Commission organizations in cross-cultural ministry efforts and the task of raising up a new generation of Global Leaders.

Some of these organizations that our students have worked with include, but are not limited to:

International Mission Board - STUDENT PAGE

International Mission Board

North American Mission Board

New Tribes Mission

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Avant Ministries

SpreadTruth Ministries


Global Outreach Mission

TransWorld Radio