H. E. Williams Professor of Religion
Chair, Department of Christian Ministries
B.A. - Hannibal-La Grange College
M.Div.BL. - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Further study at Texas Christian University
Teaching at Williams since 1998
Areas of scholarship or expertise:
Old Testament, Hebrew, Hebrew poetry, Wisdom Literature, the Book of Job, leadership transitions in churches
Hobbies & outside interests:
Sudoku, cycling, short-wave listening, reading, writing, world travel
From the Bible: The Book of Job; almost anything by Parker Palmer, Frederick Buechner, and Fred Craddock
Why I chose Bible as my college major:
Because I knew at the age of 16 that God wanted me to go into ministry, so I thought to myself, "why wait until seminary?" I began with Bible, hit the ground running, and have enjoyed the journey all the way!
Hardest class I took in college:
Supervised Ministry, because it taught me to take ministry seriously.
Most enjoyable class I took in college:
Old Testament Survey, because it sparked my love for the Old Testament and introduced me to my mentor, Dr. Kenneth Moore.
"Into or Out of the Abyss? An Exploration of the Identity of Elihu within the Book of Job". Presented at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies meeting March 15, 1998.
"Paradise or Pandemonium? The 'Island Premise' within the Works of William Golding, Daniel Defoe, and William Shakespeare." Presented at the Commission on Religious Studies meeting, March 4, 2000.
Professional memberships, community involvement & certifications:
Society of Biblical Literature
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Institute for Biblical Research
Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals; past president, 2006
Intentional Interim Ministry Certification
First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge, Wednesday evenings Bible Study teacher
Pulpit supply & interim pastorates in area churches
Contributing writer of Sunday School lessons, and monthly question and answer column for the Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine