Position: John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
Spouse name: Patty (26 years)
Children: Melissa (21), Kristin (19), Jesse (16)
Pets: Dusty, Celia and Oliver (cats)
An interesting fact about your family: One of our children was born in Korea, one in the United States and one in Canada.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current church: Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
Current local church ministry: Recently finished a 5-year pastorate
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing
How you became a Christian: Through the witness of a friend and by listening to Billy Graham
Most influential persons in your life: My mom and my wife
Something surprising students might not know about you: I was in the United States Marines Corp.
What books, besides the Bible, have most influenced you and why: The writings of C. S. Lewis, because of his strong commitment to "Mere Christianity"
What influenced your decision to come to Southern Seminary: The strong sense of mission here as articulated by Dr. Mohler
Ministry philosophy: Reading the Bible meditatively (in Hebrew and Greek) is the most effective way a minister can spend his preparation time.
Ministry passion: Preparing people with a sense of call to missions
What do you like most about teaching: Bringing new insights on the Bible to students
Life Bible verse: Proverbs 1:7
Favorite author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite preacher: R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Favorite course you teach: Old Testament Introduction
Favorite movie: Either "Pirates of the Caribbean" or "Groundhog Day"
Favorite restaurant: Ruby Tuesday
A word of wisdom for Towers readers: Remember the two greatest commandments; everything else is just busywork.