Position: Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth; Associate Dean, Billy Graham School
Spouse: Sharon, 22 years
Children: Kristi, 19; Jon, 17; Kari, 15; Karisa, 12
An interesting fact about your family: Teaching runs in my family — both my grandmothers, both my parents, all three of my sisters.
Hometown: Bird City, Kan. (population 400)
Hobbies: Camping, hunting, golf, gardening
Favorite Southern Seminary memory: Signing the Abstract of Principles
Ministry philosophy: Ephesians 4:15, "speak the truth in love"
Ministry passion: To combine theology with practice ("what God has joined together, let not man put asunder"). That is one reason I appreciate the Puritans.
Most influential person in your life: In addition to my father, my BSU director at Kansas State University, Bob Anderson
What books, besides the Bible, have most influenced you and why: Richard Baxter's The Reformed Pastor (focuses on the pastor's personal life), J.I. Packer's Knowing God (introduced me to the majesty of God's sovereignty), Robert Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism (I was mentored by Dr. Coleman for 10 years following these principles)
What do you like most about teaching: Seeing students become passionate about the Great Commission
Something surprising students might not know about you: I hold a U.S. Patent for an invention I designed while an engineering student in college. The invention was a 40 foot folding combine header.
Most embarrassing moment: Forgetting a person's name in the baptistery and having to ask him his name before I baptized him
Favorite preacher: Stephen Olford
Favorite course that you teach: Personal Evangelism
Favorite movie: "The Rookie"
Favorite TV show: "Hogan's Heroes"
A word of wisdom for Towers readers: Focus on the depth of your ministry, and God will take care of the breadth.