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mission trip grants

One of the reasons that the SBTC exists is to mobilize churches for the purpose of making disciples around the world. We now offer limited, one-time grants for pastors of affiliated churches towards direct missional engagements and partnerships around the world.

grant parameters

  • Grants will be targeted for, but not limited to, pastors whose church budgets do not provide adequate funding for missions projects.
  • Grants will be limited to one per church with priority given to the primary pastor attending the trip.
  • Qualifying participants may receive up to $1,500 or up to half their total expenses.
  • Limited to SBTC affiliated churches which are actively participating in the Cooperative Program through the SBTC.

We ask that you fill out the form below to apply for the grant and begin communication regarding how the SBTC can come alongside you in these evangelistic and discipleship efforts.

The SBTC has several Vision Trips planned each year which aim at providing all churches with opportunities to build and develop potential missional relationships in Texas and around the world. If your church would like a grant to participate in one of these pre-planned Vision Trips, please select “I would like to participate in a SBTC Vision Trip” below.


There are grants offered to SBTC churches wishing to begin or continue their own missional partnerships. If your church would like to request funding for a representative to take a trip that it is planning, please select “I would like to submit a proposed mission trip to request grant funding” below.

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  • Tony Mathews

    Senior Strategist of Missional Ministries

    Tony Mathews has been in ministry for thirty-eight years. Thirty-five of those years have been spent providing pastoral and ministerial care not only to African Americans but also to other races and people from other cultures. He recently celebrated thirty years as Senior Pastor of North Garland Baptist Fellowship in Garland, Texas. He transitioned from that position to the SBTC to serve as the Senior Strategist for Missional Ministries. He has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from The Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Tony is the author of There’s More Than One Color in the Pew: A Handbook for Multicultural, Multiracial Churches, and he is a contributing author for both the North American Mission Board’s Journal of African American Southern Baptist History, and for the Next Steps Resources published by the International Mission Board. He also served two terms as a trustee at Southwestern Seminary and is a former president for the African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.  Tony has traveled on mission trips to South Africa, India, Ecuador, and Montreal. His trip of a lifetime was to the Holy Land in Israel.  He loves people and has a heart for pastors. He also has a passion for inspiring pastors to be mobilizers for missions in the local church. He is married to Angela Mathews, and they have three adult children and one granddaughter.

  • Colin Rayburn

    Missions Mobilization Associate

    Colin Rayburn is the Missions Mobilization Associate for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He partners with churches by equipping them to assess, develop, and implement effective missional strategies within Texas, the U.S. and the unreached people groups around the world. He also develops and partners with compassion ministries in order to mobilize the church to meet the felt needs around Texas.

    He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Texas in Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Great Commissions Studies. Colin is a former pastor and missionary, having served in Western Europe for five years. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife Cindy and two children: Theo & Kaiyah.

  • Rebecca Burk

    Missional Ministries Assistant

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For information in connecting with a NAMB SEND City or to find out about potential SBTC partnerships, contact Tony Mathews.