Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 1999 Dissertation Title: "The Multicultural Heritage of North Dakota Baptists"
Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 1986
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1983
Bachelor of Arts in Languages (French and German), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1983
Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor through Life Innovations, 1988
Trained Disaster Relief Volunteer, 2011
Professor of Church History, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2000--
Adjunct Professor, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX, 1996-2000
Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 2000
Teaching Fellow, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 1994-1999
Adjunct Professor, Butler County Community College, Marion Campus, Marion, KS, 1992-1993
Religious Liberty Issues
Ethnic Church Life among Baptists in North America
Rural church planting
Disaster Relief, Minot, ND, 2011
Worship Planning Team, First Baptist Church, New Orleans, 2005-2010
Advisory Team/Worship Team Member, River Fellowship, Kenner, LA, 2001-2004
Drama Team/Sunday School Teacher/AWANA Director (Pals and Pioneers), Hope Community Church, Fort Worth, TX, 1994-2000
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Durham, KS, 1987-1993
Young Adult Director, Northside Baptist Church, Mineral Wells, TX, 1986-1987
Assistant to the Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Grand Forks, ND, 1982-1983
Music/Bible Study Leader, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, UND, Grand Forks, ND, 1980-1982
Music Director, Crystal Springs Baptist Camp, Medina, ND, Summer 1982
Book Reviews and Articles
Review of Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life. Edited by Mark Dever. In Baptist History and Heritage 37 (Winter 2002): 134-36.
Review of The Impact of African-American Antecedents on the Baptist Foreign Missionary Movement, 1782-1825, by Christopher Brent Ballew. For Edwin Mellon Press, 2004
“John Huss: The Reformer Whose Goose Was Cooked,” in Baptist Message [Louisiana] 127.15 (July 19, 2012), 6.
Review of On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals In Tsarist Russia, 1855-1917, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013. In Tennessee Baptist History.
Encyclopedia articles for BaptistWiki.org, posted 2015: Danish Baptist Conference of America; Norwegian Baptist Conference of America; Oncken, Johann Gerhard; Tanner, James; Terry, Elijah.
"Giving to Caesar What is Caesar's." Geaux Therefore, Gatekeeper Blog, posted 19 October 2015.
"Championing Religious Liberty in Challenging Times." Geaux Therefore, Gatekeeper blog, posted 17 August 2015.
"Tornado Destruction at the David Farm." Photograph. In Year of the Storms: The Destructive Kansas Weather of 1990, ed. Howard Inglish, 71. Hillsboro, KS: Hearth Publishing, 1990.
"Baptist Witness Among Germans in Texas," in Journal of Texas Baptist History 17 (1997): 89-123.
"Giving Caesar His Due: A Personal Journey to Political Involvement," in Exiles in the Empire: Believers Church Perspectives on Politics, Edited by Nathan E. Yoder and Carol A. Scheppard, 235-42. for Pandora Press, 2006.
“That They May Know Your Name: Baptist Ethnic and Immigrant History” in Baptist History Celebration, 2007: A Symposium on Our History, Theology, and Hymnody. Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2008.
“Were the First Baptists Sacramentalists?” The Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry 6.1 (Spring 2009), 25-44.
“Albert W. Wardin, Jr.: World Baptist Extraordinaire.” An article contributed for a festschrift in honor of Dr. Wardin. Tennessee Baptist History 12.1 (Fall 2010): 33-44.
Co-Editor (with Rex Butler). “‘Tell the Generations Following’: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Daniel Holcomb,” in The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 8.2 (Fall 2011), published 14 September 2012.
“Brethren of the Common Life,” in The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 8.2 (Fall 2011), 70-85.
“Contributions of the Brethren of the Common Life to the Reformation,” in Reformation Faith, ed. Michael Parsons, 158-72. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster Press, 2014.
“Joseph Keen (1762-1821)” in Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America, ed. Terry Wolever, vol. 6 (Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2015).
Co-Author. churchfails: 100 Bluders in Church History (& What We Can Learn from Them). Nashville: B & H Academic, 2016. Articles contributed: Augustine of Hippo, Marozia, Urban II, The Great Schism of Western Christianity, Johann Tetzel, Pope Leo X, Johann Maier von Eck, John Knox, Elias Keach, Matthew Caffyn, John Gill, William Miller.f
General Editor, Created site design, oversaw web creation, recruited Content Managers for launch of BaptistWiki.org. Launched 20 April 2015.
“Johann Gerhard Oncken (1800-1884)” in Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America, ed. Terry Wolever, vol. 10 (Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2017).
“Who Dat Say They Gonna Teach Dem Saints: Why Put a Baptist Seminary in New Orleans?” in Baptists in the Big Easy: A Centennial History of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary [working title, forthcoming].
Presentations and Workshops
"The Justice of God and Hell: An Examination of Conditional Immortality and the Annihilation of the Finally Impenitent." Presented 7 April 2000 at the Southwest Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Fort Worth, TX.
"What, In Hell, Is Going On?: An Examination of Annihilationism and the Boundaries of Evangelicalism." Presented 14 November 2001 at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Colorado Springs, CO.
"Pioneers on the Prairie: Baptists on the North Dakota Frontier." Presented 24 May 2003 at the Baptist History and Heritage Society in Belton, TX.
"Implications of Select Seventeenth-Century Confessions of Faith for Baptist Sacramentalism." Presented 13 March 2004 at the Southwest Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Dallas, TX.
“Giving Caesar His Due: A Personal Journey to Political Involvement.” Presented 24 September 2004 at the Believers Church Conference on God, Democracy, and US Power, Harrisonburg, VA.
“Ordinance or Sacrament: An Examination and Evaluation of Baptist Sacramentalism.” Presented 19 November 2004, at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX.
“Backing the Future of Our Past: Researcher Needs for the 21st Century.” Presented 1 June 2005, at the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions, Birmingham, AL.
“Designing a Course for the Internet.” Presented 16 November 2005, at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, PA.
“The Architecture of Baptisteries in North Africa.” Presented 17 November 2005, at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, PA.
“Seventeenth-Century Baptist Writings on Baptism as Applied Biblical Research.” Presented 3 March 2006, at the International Reference Library for Biblical Research in Fort Worth, TX.
“The Meaning of Baptism among First Generation Baptists” Presented 25 March 2006 at the Evangelical Theological Society, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, TX
“The Dynamics of Grant-Supported Research.” Presented 24 February 2007 at the Lilly Research Grant Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
“That They May Know Your Name: Baptist Ethnic and Immigrant History.” Presented 3 August 2007 at the Baptist History Celebration, Charleston, SC.
“The History of Baptism: Its Subjects and Mode.” Presented 1 October 2007 at the East Louisiana Baptist Association in Denham Springs, LA
“The History of Thanksgiving in America.” Presented 24 November 2008 to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.
“Journey to Manhood: Qualities and Character of Biblical Manhood.” Presented 1 July 2009 at the Sawin Family Reunion, Carbondale, CO.
Baptist Studies Group Panelist responding to: “Genetics Versus Historiography: A Case for the Connection of Continental Anabaptism and Contemporary Baptists” by Paige Patterson; “The Particular Baptist Defense of Beginning Anew” by Tom J. Nettles; and “John Smyth and the Spiritual Life” by Jason Lee. Presented 18 November 2009 at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, LA.
“Passing the Baton: Preserving Your History For Future Generations.” Presented 2 March 2010 at Senior Fest, New Orleans, LA.
“Processes and Procedures for Digital Imagining and Archives.” Presented 18 March 2010 for the North American Baptist Heritage Commission, Sioux Falls, SD.
“Baptists’ Beliefs and Practices.” Presented 23 May 2010 at Don Avenue Baptist Church, Denham Springs, LA.
“A Comparative Study of the Westminster Confession of Faith, Savoy Confession of Faith, and Second London Confession of Faith.” Presented 18 November 2010 at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA.
“Handle with Care: Working with Rare Baptist Books and Manuscripts.” Presented 19 May 2011 at the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions meeting in Dallas, TX.
“Digitization and Access to Early Religious Documents: The Baptist Center for Theology & Ministry.” Presented 27 June 2011 at the annual meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Librarians and Information Specialists, New Orleans, LA.
“The History of Religious Liberty in America.” Presented 6 March 2012 at the Algiers Republican Women’s Club, New Orleans, LA.
“The History of Religious Liberty in America.” Presented 20 April 2012 at the Women’s Republican Club of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.
“Contributions of the Brethren of the Common Life to the Reformation.” Presented 14 November 2012 at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Milwaukee, WI.
“Old Foundations for a New Beginning: A Baptist Heritage Weekend.” Presented 12-13 January 2013 at First Baptist Church, Natchidoches, LA. Sessions: “What Makes a Baptist, a Baptist?: Baptist Distinctives and Origins”; “Speaking ‘Baptist’ with an Accent: Baptists on Mission”, “We’ve Never Done It That Way Before: How Baptists Do Church”
"Giving to God and Caesar." Sermon to the Louisiana and Texas Delegation at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL, 26 August 2012.
"Reformation in Context." Presented 26 April 2013 at the inaugural meeting of r500, the 500th Anniversary Reformation Conference, in Baton Rouge, LA
“Developing Biblical Wisdom.” Presented 17 May 2014 at El Cobre Baptist Church, El Cobre, Cuba, and 19 May 2014 at Seminario Teológico Bautista de Cuba Oriental, Santiago, Cuba.
“Building Biblical DNA in Your Church.” Presented 20 May 2014 at Fourth Baptist Church, Santiago, Cuba, and 21 May 2014 at El Cobre Baptist Church, El Cobre, Cuba.
“Speaking ‘Baptist’ with an Accent: An Historical Overview of European Foreign Language Baptist Congregations and Conferences in America.” Presented 5 June 2014 at the Baptist History & Heritage Society meeting in Sioux Falls, SD.
“Just a Click Away: Examining the Wisdom of Open Access Journals.” Presented 19 June 2014 at the national meeting of the American Theological Library Association in New Orleans, LA.
Contributed artifacts for display for Jerusalem, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Mobile, AL, 13 September 2014.
"Supreme Court of the U. S. And Free Exercise Jurisprudence: A Brief Historical Overview." Presented 21 April 2015 at the Baptist History & Hertitage Society meeting in Nashville, TN.
"Supreme Court of the U. S. And Marriage: A Survey of Court Findings and Precedents." Presented 17 November 2015 at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, GA.
“What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?” Presented 26 October 2016 at El Cobre Baptist Church, El Cobre, Cuba.
“Supreme Court of the U. S. and Marriage: A Survey Update of Court Findings and Precedents.” Presented 6 January 2017 at the national meeting of the American Society of Church History in Denver, CO.
“Coins of the Bible.” Presented 15 February 2017 at the Crescent City Coin Club, Kenner, LA.
“Laying the Siege Guns at the Enemies’ Gates: Baptist Pioneers in New Orleans,” 2 June 2017 at the Baptist History and Heritage Society in Augusta, GA.
“Heresies in Christianity.” Guest speaker, with Dr. Rex Butler on The New Orleans Humanist Perspective television show sponsored by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (Cox Cable Local Access, Channel 76), aired 16 and 17 June 2007.
“Thomas Jefferson and Religious Liberty.” Guest speaker 19 July 2011 on The Founders’ Show with Hy McEnery, WSLA Radio (1560 AM).
“Chaplaincy and Separation of Church and State.” Guest speaker, with Dr. Page Brooks, 3 December 2011 on The New Orleans Humanist Perspective television show sponsored by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (Cox Cable Local Access, Channel 76).
"Religious Liberty and the Constitution." Guest speaker 3 March 2012 on The New Orleans Humanist Perspective television show sponsored by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (Cox Cable Local Access, Channel 76).
"Faith and the Public Square" on "The Current Word" with Kathleen Benfield on WSHO (AM 800) on 21 May 2015
"Religious Liberty in America" on "The Founders Show" with Hy McEnery and Christopher Tidmore on WRNO (AM 690), aired 18 & 19 September 2015
"Defining Religious Liberty." Guest speaker 4 October 2015 on The New Orleans Humanist Perspective television show sponsored by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (Cox Cable Local Access, Channel 76).
"Religious Liberty in America" on "The Current Word" with Kathleen Benfield on WSHO (AM 800) on 21 September 2015
"Peace on Earth." Directed drama portion for First Baptist, New Oleans, LA, 11-12 December 2004.
Bow the Knee. Directed drama portion for First Baptist, New Orleans, LA, 6 April 2007.
"Upon This Rock." Dramatic monologue of Peter's denial. Written for, and presented 19 October 2007 at the Church of St. Peter in Galicantu, Israel.
"As for Me and My House: Encouragement for Your Marriage!" Actor and director for marriage sketches at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 6-7 February 2015.
Conferences Hosted through The Institute for Faith and the Public Square
“Church Property and the Law,” 21 September 2010
“The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in the Rebuilding of New Orleans: The Possibilities, Pitfalls and Practicality of Using Government Fund in Ministry,” 11 April 2011
“Chaplaincy: Serving God in Caesar’s House,” 21-22 October 2011
“The Role of Faith in the Public Servant,” 25-26 October 2012
“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides: A Panel on Medical Ethics in the Real World,” 17 September 2013
“Challenges to Religious Liberty,” 30 September 2014
"Baptist Voices on Religious Liberty: Left, Right, and Center," 29 September 2015
"Talking About Race: Moving from Racism to Reconciliation," 27 September 2016
“Rights and Sexuality: Where Individual Freedoms and Civil Rights Meet,” 26 September 2017
Director, Institute for Faith and the Public Square
American Society of Church History
Pietism Studies Group
Baptist History and Heritage Society
Fellowship of Baptist Historians
American Historical Association
Evangelical Theological Society
North American Baptist Heritage Commission
North American Baptist Conference Capital Campaign International Cabinet
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives Advisory Board
Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions
Tennessee Baptist Historical Society
Lions Clubs International Foundation Grant, 1989
Collaborating with Dr. Robert S. Norman on his Lilly Theological Research Expense Grant, 2003
Lilly Theological Scholars Grant, 2006
Lynn E. May, Jr., Study Grant, 2006
Lenaz Faculty Grant, 2007
Foundation Grant, 2016
Lenaz Faculty Grant, 2017
Awards and Academic Honors
Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honorary Society), 1980
Psi Chi (National Honor Society of Psychology), 1982
Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
Texas Baptist Historical Society’s “Church History Award,” 1997
Marvin Jones Award for Outstanding Churchman, 2017