Larry Dinkins came to Christ through Cru at the University of Oklahoma. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary and was exposed to OMF and missionaries to Thailand. A monthly OMF prayer meeting in the home of a retired Thailand missionary was instrumental in directing Larry to the field. After marrying Paula in 1978 they were accepted to OMF for ministry in Thailand. In 1981 Larry and Paula started their church planting ministry with leprosy patients in Central Thailand. In 1987 they transitioned into a Bible teaching ministry at the Bangkok Bible College and Seminary where Larry served as Academic Dean and Dean of the Seminary. In 1995 he finished classwork for a PhD at Biola University and they moved to North Thailand to start a TEE program. Larry acted as director of the newly formed Chiangmai Theological Seminary in 2000 before the family evacuated Thailand in 2002 due to a diagnosis of cancer in Paula’s bone marrow. Paula succumbed to complications from her disease in March of 2011. Larry returned to Chiangmai for full time ministry in January of 2012 where he trained Thai nationals and other Christian workers from 9 Asian countries in narrative/oral Bible story telling.
Larry has taught classes at Biola University, ATS Manila, MBTS Penang, ABTS Chiang Mai and teaches seminars on Walk Thru the Bible, Perspectives, prayer counseling as well as Buddhism. Larry has authored two mission books as well as a number of magazine and journal articles. Larry has four children: Andy (37), Timothy (35), Amber (32) and Titus (30). Timothy and wife Lydia (plus three children) are missionaries in a church planting ministry in Albania.
Potential Ministry opportunities: Most of my time in Thailand has been involved in Theological education. There are openings for qualified teachers at schools like Bangkok Bible College, Chiangmai Theological Seminary and Phayao Bible Seminary. One must realize however, that sufficient language and church planting experience would be most helpful if a person wishes to work in Bible education. Besides a basic background in conventional ways of teaching, it would be a great advantage to understand and become a practioner of more oral/narrative approaches to Bible teaching.
Website with articles and videos by Larry Dinkins: www.chiang-mai-orality.net