Position: Associate Professor of Christian Theology
Spouse: Nora (28 years)
Children: Lauren (married to Troy) Schneringer (23), Hanell (20), Luke (15)
Pets: P. d. Pooch (a 13 year-old cock-a-poo)
An interesting fact about your family: We are the world's #1 Chicago Cubs fans.
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current church: Walnut Street Baptist Church
Current local church ministry: Sunday school teacher
Hobbies: Sports, swimming, music, bird watching, camping, hiking and reading
Most influential person in your life: My wife
Ministry philosophy: God created us in His image so that we, like a mirror, would reflect Him in the world in which we live.
Ministry passion: Generally speaking, teaching; I love students of all ages. I have a particular love for teaching high school students. I also love to write. One goal I have is to compose a song.
How you became a Christian: I was a senior in high school and attending a very liberal church in which I had never heard the Gospel. One weekend a group of high school students came to our church and related testimonies of how they had come to know Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. The Lord opened my mind and heart to understand that I needed Christ to forgive my sins so that I could know God personally.
Most interesting classroom moment: I recently heard about a young woman who had attended one of my breakout sessions at a TruthQuest conference. She had come to the conference on the verge of abandoning the faith because of great confusion over the issue of divine election. However, after my three-hour session on the doctrine of election, she experienced personal renewal and is now a leader in a college ministry. Good theology is life-changing and ministry-producing.
Something surprising students might not know about you: I designed the official seal of my hometown when I was about 12 years old.
What influenced your decision to come to Southern Seminary: Bruce Ware patiently recruited me, and President Mohler pitched a captivating vision of theological studies at Southern. We were not seeking to leave the Pacific Northwest (which we had come to love) or another seminary (I taught at Western Seminary for nine years), but a core family value for us is, "It's not about comfort or security, but about the Lord's will." He made it very clear that we should leave and come to Southern, and we are very glad we did.
Favorite music group: The Beatles
Favorite movie: "Lord of the Rings"
A word of wisdom for Towers readers: "Be imitators of God" (Ephesians 5:1).