Position: Vice President for Student Services and Institutional Assessment; Dean of Students; Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Spouse: Menda Sue Hatfield (married in 1977)
Children: Drake, 22; Rachel, 20; Jobeth, 20; Logan, 17
Pets: Vada, Pomeranian dog from Panama
An interesting fact about your family: My Kentucky ancestors fought on both sides of the Civil War. No, we are not related to the feuding Hatfields/McCoys. I'm a proud owner of a set of identical twin daughters.
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Current church: Pastor at Iglesia Bautista Nueva Jerusalén
Ministry passion: Cross-cultural missions; teaching and preaching the New Testament
What do you like most about teaching: Interaction with thoughtful students who are graced with humility and humor
Most interesting classroom moment: While teaching in Norton 195, a repairman (on the roof) crashed through the ceiling, his legs dangling over the desks from the rafters.
Favorite Southern Seminary memory: Being on campus when R. Albert Mohler Jr. was presented as president-elect in April 1993
Hobbies: Professional baseball (and its history); U.S. and presidential history; biography; softball; hiking; skiing
Something surprising students might not know about you: We were IMB missionaries in the Republic of Panama 1. Up until we left for the mission field, I had always driven a 1955 Chevy (210). I was a high school basketball referee in Kentucky, 1, and worked the state tournament. I am a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
What influenced your decision to come to Southern Seminary: DNA; purely foreordained (I'm a second generation Southern graduate/professor)
Most influential person in your life: My father. He is my hero.
What books, besides the Bible, have most influenced you and why: Word Pictures by A. T. Robertson (He shows the virtue and fascination of studies in New Testament Greek); The Gospel of Mark (NICNT) by William Lane (Lane demonstrates the unity of authentic scholarship and churchmanship)
Favorite authors: Thom Rainer, Victor Hanson
Favorite preachers: Ferrell Bruce Williams, Hershael York
Favorite musicians: Chuck Berry, Mozart
Favorite TV shows: Andy Griffith, Bullwinkle
A word of wisdom for Towers readers: The person is our priority in all programs and protocols.