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Dr. J. Wendell Runion

Dr. Runion was born on a mountain farm in Madison County, North Carolina.  His childhood was that of a simple lifestyle in a rural mountain culture.  The Runion family was influenced by a heritage of strong Christian values.  The church was a very powerful influence in the growth and character of the entire family. 

At the age of 14, Dr. Runion was saved in a small mountain church after being under strong conviction for over two years.

After graduating from Charles D. Owen High School in Swannanoa, North Carolina he worked on secular jobs.  At the age of 28, God called him to preach in July of 1970 after moving to Pensacola, Florida in 1968.  He then attended the Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida for two years.  In 1982, he received a Bachelors Degree of Theology from Trinity Baptist College in Knoxville, Tennessee and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from that same school.  In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Emmanuel Baptist University in Conover, North Carolina. In 2003, he received a honorary doctorate degree from Giza Baptist Bible Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

In 1972 after moving his family back to North Carolina, Dr. Runion became Youth Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, NC where Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr. was the pastor. He was ordained on January 22, 1973 by the late Dr. Sexton.

 On October 13, 1974, God led him to start Asheville Baptist Tabernacle in Asheville, North Carolina.  This church became very influential in Western North Carolina along with a Christian School and Bible College ministry.

 In 1992, he helped to found Anchor Baptist Bible College in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina and served as its President until May of 1999.  During those years the school graduated many that are now serving in missions or the Pastorate around the world.

After traveling to Egypt on several mission trips the Lord led Bro. Runion to resign his pastorate of 21 years and go full time into a church planting ministry. He founded International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc. in January, 1996, and since that time, with Dr. Runion as President the mission has either strengthened or started over 80 churches with national pastors in several countries of the world including Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Lebanon, Mexico, and the Philippines.

 The mission is the owner and operator of WKJV, a 25,000 watt 24 hours a day Gospel radio station in Asheville, North Carolina.

IBOM, Inc. is a ministry commissioned out of the Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, IL, where Dr. Keith Gomez is the pastor. IBOM, with the help of Providence Baptist College in Elgin, IL, has started a Bible college in Alexandria, Egypt, and Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines. The mission has also started Providence Baptist Bible Institute in Malaba, Kenya. All three of these schools are affiliated with PBC in Elgin, IL.

Dr. Runion has also served with the Congressman of the 11th Congressional District as an advisor on church and religious matters since 1990.

 He also preaches many Revivals, Missions Conferences, Prophecy Conferences and King James Bible Conferences around the world.

                                                             Dr. J. Wendell  Runion



(Above) - Dr. Runion and the I.B.O.M. flag

(Left) - Dr. & Mrs. Runion


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