Education

  • Ph.D. in Theology and Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Dissertation: The Kingdom of God and Missions in Contemporary Evangelical Thought: George Eldon Ladd, Donald George Bloesch, and Howard Albert Snyder
  • Further Study in Theology of Church and Mission, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University
  • Further Study in Theology and Islam, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A. in Sociology, Baylor University

Selected Publications

  • City Church. Skyforest, CA: Urban Loft Publishers, 2016.
  • 'The Power of Biblical Story-telling.' Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2014: 314-20.
  • 'Broadening the Tent: Expanding the Strategic Use of Platforms in Cross-Cultural Missions.' Missiology, April 2014: 195-206.
  • The Sword of the Spirit. Smyrna, DE: Missional Press, 2009.
  • 'Releasing Indigenous Leaders: Empowerment vs. Enlistment.' Evangelical Missions Quarterly, April 2009: 170-77.
  • 'The Importance of Missionary Fit: Fleshing Out Calling and Giftedness in Missions.' Evangelical Missions Quarterly, January 2008: 14-20.
  • Hearing Christ's Voice. Garland, TX: Hannibal Books, 2006.
  • 'Rural Migration and the Development of Urban Cultures in the United States.' International Journal of Urban Transformation, 1 (no. 1): 71-94.

Selected Presentations

  • 'Kingdom of God in Missions.' University Educators for Global Engagement National Conference, Richmond, VA, 2011.
  • 'City Church in the New Testament and Some Implications for Contemporary Missions.' North-Central Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society, Deerfield, IL, 2011.
  • 'Inspiration, Writing, and Publication of Christian Non-Fiction.' Ozark Chapter of American Christian Writers, 2010.
  • 'Developing a Missional Core for University Impact.' University Educators for Global Engagement, Richmond, VA, 2010.
  • 'Releasing Indigenous Leaders.' North-Central Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Deerfield, IL, 2010.

Related Experience

  • Academic Director of the Christian Leadership Training Center, Tokyo, Japan, 2003-2007.
  • Faculty Member, Seinan Women's College, Kitakyushu, Japan, 1996-2002.
  • Missionary in Japan, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, 1992-2007.

Professional Organizations

  • Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals
    • President (2016)
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • American Society of Missiology
  • University Educators for Global Engagement

Church/Community Service

  • Attends First Baptist Church, Bolivar
  • Core Group Leader (Asst), First Baptist Church, Bolivar