Folks who know me call my by the nickname adopted by students years ago: “Doc.” I grew up in Alabama (can you read my accent?) in a home with wonderful parents who took me to church consistently. I met Jesus Christ as an 11 year old in 1970. At our church a lot of hippie freaks (remember them?) became Jesus freaks after being changed by the power of the gospel. I knew I wanted to have the passion for God they did. I knew something was missing in my life. So, I turned from my sin and by faith followed Jesus Christ. I have never gotten over it!
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I met my beautiful wife Michelle at Samford University where I began to study for the ministry. I served a church there as minister of music. I left for health reasons–they got sick and tired of my singing! I also spent a summer as a youth evangelist.
Hannah (on right) and SEBTS students with me in Asia
After graduation and marriage we headed to Ft. Worth to seminary. I earned my MDiv and PhD in evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I was a pastor for part of that time.
Since then we have served the Lord as Home Missionaries in Indiana where I served as state evangelism director for the Southern Baptist work there. Then we moved to Houston where I spent three wonderful years teaching at Houston Baptist Theological Seminary.In 1995, Michelle, Josh, Hannah and I moved to Wake Forest, NC, where I have taught until now. Southeastern Seminary is the greatest place on earth! It is the fastest growing seminary in the world, but that is not the big story. The hand of God rests on the place, in chapel, in class, in faculty meeting–no kidding!
Recently both of our children married wonderful spouses (4 weeks apart!). God has blessed our family with His good hand. What an honor it is to live the great adventure of the Christian life.