I became a Christian at the age of 16 and made a commitment to full time Christian ministry at age 23. I have over 30 years of experience in Christian ministry, including work in churches, Christian publishing, and Christian colleges and seminaries. I was born in Houston, TX (9.23.1956) but grew up in Starkville, Mississippi. I received my B.A. in Communication at Mississippi State University where I also lettered in baseball four years as a pitcher (1975-78). I received my M.Div. in 1983 and my Ph.D. in 1990 in Hebrew and Greek with a minor in Theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (formerly in Memphis but now in Cordova, TN). I worked for eight years as an editor in adult curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, and I was the first Managing Editor for the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation project (Holman is the Bible publishing division of LifeWay), for which I also did the original translation of Habakkuk and Ephesians. I have taught courses on Old Testament, Hebrew, New Testament, Greek, Bible Interpretation, and book studies both on the undergraduate and graduate levels for several colleges and seminaries.
Since 1996, I have served as an adjunct professor for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s extension program in Nashville, Knoxville, and Jackson, TN. I have been married to my beautiful wife Roberta for over 31 years. We live in Hendersonville, TN and attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville where I teach a Sunday School class, preach on occasion, and serve as an elder. We have two grown sons, Benjamin Calvin and Timothy Spurgeon. Both are still single and are likely to stay that way since they are both quite homely.