A global leader in disciple building since 1974

WDA began as a campus ministry, with an emphasis on replicable discipleship (spiritual mentorship) and Christian maturity. Now, WDA operates in more than 50 countries to equip disciple-building leaders who think, feel, and act like Jesus and who are developing life-long followers of Jesus Christ.

Based on Jesus’ ministry to His own disciples, WDA has developed an intentional and progressive growth curriculum for Christians, training pathways for disciple-making leaders, and virtual tools and platforms for discipling & training in a digital age.

Read about WDA’s history


WDA’s mission is to serve the Church worldwide by developing Christlike character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train His disciples. 

Download and read WDA’s Master Plan to find out everything about our vision, our philosophy of ministry, and strategic ministry growth. 

The 28/20® Project

The 28/20® Project is an initiative to help churches and disciple builders employ all of the approaches, content, and material they need to fulfill the whole of the Great Commission, as modeled by Christ.


Matthew 28:18-20:  “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”


28/20® Delivered through 4 Ministry Platforms

designed for every phase of spiritual growth


Establish a solid faith foundation

  • Getting Started 
  • Knowing God
  • Understanding People
  • Growing Spiritually


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Restoring Your Heart

Help your church members & leaders heal emotionally

  • How Emotional Problems Develop 
  • Processing Pain
  • Understanding Emotions


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School of Ministry

Teach practical ministry & serving skills

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Evangelism Training
  • Positional Truth
  • Ministry Principles
  • Inductive Bible Study


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Leadership Institute

Provide a pathway for those who want to grow as disciple makers & lay leaders

  • 1 year certification courses
  • Relational learning through cohort groups
  • Christ’s Method for Building Disciples
  • Developing New Leaders
  • Developing Mature Leaders (coming soon)
  • Life Coaching / Mentor Training
  • Built in application & accountability


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We Cast A Vision

(We Emphasize The Priority Of Christian Maturity, At Both The Individual And Congregational Level, Unto The Glory Of God.)

Our first task involves communicating the priority of growth to spiritual maturity and the accompanying need for progressive disciple building. (Maturity Matters!) This task also involves forming a network/association with others who share our conviction.


We Show the Way

(We Train Others How to Build Disciples.)

Our second task involves developing training approaches, paradigms, and resources that can be offered to churches, individuals, and other Christian organizations.


We Do It

(We Build Disciples Ourselves.)

Our third task is face-to-face discipleship: meeting people where they are and helping them take the necessary steps toward maturity.

Our History            

WDA was founded by Carl Wilson, a pastor, former director of the High School Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, International and author of With Christ in the School of Disciple Building. Since its inception, WDA has focused on studying Jesus’ ministry and methods, and applying biblical disciple building principles to the contemporary world.

WDA staff and students from years of ministry on campus have given WDA the experience and wisdom to help build leaders around the world.



Organized as Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) in 1974, we are based in the United States and have ministries and partners throughout the world. WDA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization funded primarily by the tax-deductible gifts of those who share our commitment to Biblical disciple building.

Realizing the strategic position held by universities as centers of influence in our culture, WDA initiated its ministry on college campuses. We continue to build disciples on college campuses, but also focus on developing other centers, partnerships, publications and resources that equip disciple builders, both in the US and overseas.

1974  |  Campus  | Church | World

We envision a worldwide network of interconnected ministries committed to the ongoing process of Christlike sanctification and renewal, and staffed by teams of leaders who are trained using a biblical pattern of discipleship.

WDA Board of Directors

The WDA Board is made up of disciple makers who each have an active role in helping lead, train, and serve the church.

Carol Coakley


Dr. Carroll Coakley

Professor Emeritus and Faculty Advisor at UT

Knoxville, Tennessee

Robert D. Dukes

WDA President & Executive Director 

Fayetteville, Georgia

Ross Greene

President of Greene Consulting Associates, LLC

Peachtree City, Georgia

Dan Horne (Board Chairman)

Commercial Agent, Chastain & Associates 

Watkinsville, Georgia

Woody Johnson

VP/Real Estate & Dvlpmt: Pizza Guys, LLC

Atlanta, Georgia

Hugh Kirby

Intergenerational Minister New Hope Church

Fayetteville, Georgia

David Parfitt

WDA Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer       

Fayetteville, Georgia

CJ Stanford

C. J. Stanford

Wealth Management Advisor and Certified Financial Planner for Raymond James

Fayetteville, Georgia

B Webb

Dr. Joyce “Bunny” Webb

Clinical Psychologist
Founding Partner of Keystone Counseling Center

Stockbridge, Georgia

K Williams

Keyaan Williams

CEO, Cyber Leadership and Strategy Solutions, LLC                  

Atlanta, Georgia

Mike Wolf

Investor/Entrepreneur, Pizza Guys, LLC                                            

Fayetteville, Georgia

Dr. Mike Yonker

CEO, South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

Fayetteville, Georgia