Spouse's name: Holly
How long married: 25 years
Children's names and ages: Allison, 21; Justin, 15
An interesting fact about your family: My wife and I met in high school in Tallahassee, Fla. We both played in the band.
Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
Current church: North Oldham Baptist Church
Current local church ministry: I serve in the praise band, sing in the worship choir and lead the youth praise band at the church.
Hobbies: Reading, walking, working in the yard at home
Most influential person in your life: My dad — he passed away two years ago but he was a strong influence in my life.
Favorite Southern Seminary memory: Graduation day for my doctoral degree, 2001
Something surprising students might not know about you: I served in full time music ministry for more than 18 years in Georgia and Florida before coming to teach at Boyce and Southern
What books, beside the Bible, have most influenced you and why: Biographies of Christian leaders and missionaries: "Through Gates of Splendor" (Jim Elliot), Hudson Taylor's "Spiritual Secrets," Billy Graham's biography.
What influenced your decision to come to Southern Seminary: I believe God has called me to train the next generation of music ministers. There is no better place to do this than at Southern. We have great leadership here and wonderful students.
Ministry philosophy: Music and worship ministry should first glorify God and second edify the saints
Ministry passion: Preparing others called to music and worship ministry to have a biblical understanding of their role and helping them to love the church. Music ministry is about ministering to people through music.
What do you like most about teaching: I enjoy the day-to-day interaction with the students. It is wonderful to see them mature in their ministry and music skills.
List one of your favorite: Authors — David Peterson, D.A. Carson. Preachers — R. Albert Mohler Jr., Chuck Lawless. Courses that you teach — worship classes. Music groups — Aletheia. Movies — Star Wars movies. TV shows — old comedies on Nick at Nite. Restaurants — Barbeque places (Sonny's, Mark's Feed Store). Vacation spots — Florida beaches, north Georgia mountains.