University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity, 1990.
B.A. in History, 1978
In all the churches I served, I endeavored to help them reach new people for Christ and to help those who were already Christians to grow spiritually and get more involved in serving others, both inside and outside the church. All five churches where I served as pastor grew significantly in worship attendance, and three of the five grew in Sunday School attendance. Members took tithing more seriously and church budgets increased significantly in all five churches. Similarly, giving to Leland increased and the seminary budget increased from the mid $600,000s before I arrived to the $800,000s in 2017. Two churches I served ordained their first ever women deacons and one eventually added 25 women to its diaconate under my leadership. Two churches elected women as deacon chairs for the first time. Many church members put their faith into practice by participating in mission trips or “Operation Inasmuch.” My strengths are preaching and teaching the Bible, recruiting and developing young leaders, and genuinely caring for members of the church and community.
Full Time Academic & Ministerial Service
July 9 2017-Present: Senior Pastor, Haymarket Baptist Church
2007-December 31, 2017: President, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Arlington, VA
2003-2007: Senior Pastor, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC
1996-2003: Senior Pastor, Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA
1990-1996: Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, South Boston, VA
1986-1989: Pastor, Free Union Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA
1981-1984: Pastor, Berea Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, VA
2002-2003: Adjunct Professor, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Hampton Campus.
1989-1990: Assistant Professor of Religion, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
1988-1989: Instructor of Religion, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA.
1987: Graduate Instructor of Religion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Interim Pastorates & Extended Pulpit Supply
2016-Present: Haymarket Baptist Church, Haymarket VA
2009-2010: Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA
1984-1985: Calvary Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA
2012-Present: Chair, Finance Committee, Washington Theological Consortium
2007-Present: Member of Trustees Board, Washington Theological Consortium
2007-Present: Member of Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents
2005-2007: Member of Campbell University Presidential Board of Advisors
2003: Co-Chair of Virginia Baptists Committed
2001-2003: Trustee of Averett University, 1996-2003
2000-2001: Vice President of Associates for Gifted and Talented Education
1998-1999: Moderator of CBF of Virginia
1997-1998: President of Virginia Baptist Pastor’s Conference
1993-1994: First Vice President of Baptist General Association of Virginia
1993-1994: President of Dan River Association Pastor's Conference
Published BooksRomans: The Letter that Changed Christian History. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys. 2003. Layperson’s commentary for 2004 Annual Bible Study.
Galatians: In Defense of Love. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys, 1994. Layperson's commentary for 1995 Winter Bible Study.
Irenaeus, the Valentinian Gnostics, and the Kingdom of God: The Debate About 1 Corinthians 15:50. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992.
Anchor Bible Dictionary. Eight articles on topics such as the “Augustan Cohort,” “Julius,” “Parthians,” and “Pentecost,” 1992.
Mercer Dictionary of the Bible. Seven articles on topics such as “Angel,” “Astrology,” “Codex,” “Lydia,” and “Spirits in Prison,” 1990.
Available upon request