Spouse: Nancy (36 years)
Children: Marian Elizabeth (33) and John Jr. (30)
Grandchildren: Madeline (3) and John Joseph (10 months)
Hometown: Americus, Ga., though grew up in Louisville
Current church: Lyndon Baptist Church
Current local church ministry: Teaching Sunday School
Ministry philosophy: We have this Treasure in earthen vessels.
Ministry passion: Preparing students to use the Greek text in their ministries
What influenced your decision to come to Southern: My father was a Southern Seminary alumnus, and I had grown up in Louisville from age 4 to 15.
Favorite Southern Seminary memory: Martin Luther King’s chapel address when I was a student
Something surprising students may not know about you: When I was 18, I swam the Ohio River from West Point on the Kentucky side to the Indiana side.
Most interesting classroom moment: The time I had two class members (both varsity football players) eject two Moonies from the class who had come from the outside and were trying to take it over
Hobbies: Gardening; stamp and coin collecting
Most influential person in your life: My mother
Favorite author: James Michenor
Favorite preacher: Danny Akin
Favorite course that you teach: Textual criticism
Favorite TV show: The Cosby Show