Born: 13 August 1959, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Marriage: 17 August 1985 to Victoria Gibbs; three adult children
Church membership: North River Church of Christ, Marietta, Georgia
Residence: Marietta, Georgia

I. EDUCATION


1971-77:  The Ranney School, Tinton Falls, New Jersey: Valedictorian, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Mathematics Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Football team, Yearbook Literary Editor, School Magazine Sports Editor, Episcopal Young Churchmen, Drama Club, President of Latin Club.
1977-80:  Duke University, Durham, NC: Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship, B.A. (History).
1980:  Oxford University, Oxford, England (New College): summer course in British Political History, in conjunction with A. B. Duke Scholarship.
1980-82:  Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts: M.T.S. in New Testament, chaplain for local hospital, player in local children’s theater group.
1982-85:  University of London (King’s College, Department of Biblical Studies): postgraduate study in New Testament.
1989-92:  Swedish language tutorial (private study).
1996-99:  Drew University, Madison, New Jersey: D.Min. degree.


II. WORK EXPERIENCE


1975-76: Counselor, Boy Scouts of America. Camp located in Catskill Mountains of New York.
1977:  Food service, Great Adventure Amusement Park, Jackson, New Jersey.
1977-80: Duke University Department of Mathematics, Teaching Assistant
1979: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: collegiate summer program, medium industrial work in consignment shipping.
1980-82: Secretarial work, Kelly Services (shorthand, typing, etc), Boston area.
1981:  Harvard Law School, custodial work.
1982: University of London Senate House, secretary, Finance Department.
1983: Ministerial internship program in Central London Church of Christ. Beginning of 20-year employment with the Churches of Christ (and later International Churches of Christ)
1984-2003: Ministerial work within the International Churches of Christ.
1984-89:  London. Appointed evangelist, 1985.
1989-92:  Stockholm. Oversaw churches in Sweden, Denmark, Finland.
1992-93:  Philadelphia. Campus ministry. Recognized as International Teacher, 1993.
1993-94:  Washington DC. Campus ministry.
1994-96:  London. Churches in London, Manchester, Dublin.
1996-2002:  Washington DC. Appointed Director of Education for British Commonwealth, 1999.
2002-03:  Sydney, Australia. Teacher and Ministry Consultant.
2003+:  Teaching Consultant, T&R, Inc; principal instructor for the Athens Institute of Ministry; Director, Biblical Study Tour; preaching, debating, and podcasting; Adjunct Professor in Bible and Theology at Lincoln Christian University; work in 120 nations to date.


Director, International Teachers’ Seminar:

1995—London, UK
1996—London, UK
1997—London, UK
1998—Herzliya, Israel
1999—Jerusalem, Israel

2000—Paris, France
2001—Berlin, Germany
2002—Athens, Greece
2003—Chicago, USA
2004—Rome, Italy

2005—Athens, Greece
2006—Washington, DC
2007—Ephesus, Turkey
2009—Atlanta, USA
2013—Ephesus, Turkey

Director, Biblical Study Tour:

1998—Israel
1999—Israel
2000—Paris
2001—Wittenburg & Berlin
2002—Athens & Corinth
2003—Chicago & Wheaton
2004—Rome & Pompeii

2005—Athens, Corinth, Delphi
2006—Washington DC
2007—Ephesus
2008—Egypt, Israel, Jordan
2009—Rome & Pompeii
2010—London & Oxford

2011—Israel & Jordan
2013—Athens & Ephesus
2014—Rome & Pompeii
2015—Wittenberg, Zurich, Geneva
2016—Israel
2017Israel
2018Israel 

III. LANGUAGE STUDY


  • Greek (6 years)
  • Latin (5 years)
  • Swedish (3 years)
  • Hebrew (2 years)
  • Spanish (2 years)

 IV. BOOKS & AUDIO Books


  • Advanced Christian Training (1986)
  • Shining Like Stars (1987, 1990, 2000, 2006, 2017), also available in Vietnamese.
  • The Powerful Delusion (1987)
  • I Was Hungry! The Christian Response to Poverty (1987, 1988)
  • True and Reasonable: Reasons for Faith in an Age of Doubt (1988, 1994, 1999, 2005). Also available in Russian, French, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
  • The Spirit: The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Lives of Disciples (1998, 2005, 2011, 2017). Also available in Spanish.
  • Equipping the Members (doctoral dissertation) (1999)
  • Q&A: Answers to Bible Questions You Have Asked (2001)
  • Q&A II: More Answers to Bible Questions You Have Asked (2002)
  • Genesis, Science, and History (1997, 2004)
  • Foundations for Faith: Old Testament Survey (2004)
  • The Faith Unfurled: New Testament Survey (2005)
  • The Quiver: Christian Parenting in a Non-Christian World (2005, 2007). Also available in Spanish (La Aljaba, 2010)
  • The Letters of James, Peter, John, Jude: Life to the Full (1995, 2006). Also available in Chinese.
  • The Bible Quiz Book (2008)
  • Jesus and Islam (2009)
  • Compelling Evidence for God & the Bible (2010)
  • The Ultimate Bible Quiz Book (2011)
  • Your Bible Questions Answered (2011)
  • A Quick Overview of the Bible: How All the Pieces Fit Together (2012)
  • What Happens After We Die? (2012)
  • What About Heaven & Hell? (2013)
  • Thrive! (2014)
  • Chariots of Fire (2015) Audio & DVD Sets
  • The Lion has Roared: The Prophet Amos (2016), book & audio set
  • Night of Redemption: Exodus and Us (2016)
  • Answering Skeptics (2017)
  • Adventures in Apologetics (2000) (DVD)
  • The Wisdom Literature (2004)
  • Foundations for Faith: Old Testament Survey (2004)
  • From Facts to Faith: Evidences in Defense of the Faith (2005)
  • The Faith Unfurled: New Testament Survey (2005)
  • How We Got the Bible (2005)
  • The Psalms (2005)
  • What Happens After We Die? (2006)
  • The Lost Books of the Bible (2006)
  • Revelation & the End of the World (2006)
  • Anchored for Life: Faith Without Compromise (2006)
  • New Testament Leadership: Preachers, Teachers, Elders, Servants (2007)
  • 1-2 Timothy & Titus: Culture, Conformity, or Conviction (2007)
  • Take AIM! (DVD set) (recorded 2004/2005 and again 2007/2009)
  • Who Is My Brother? (2006 International Teachers' Seminar, 2007)
  • Does God Exist? - debate with Michael Shermer (2007) (DVD)
  • Understanding Islam (2007) (DVD)
  • Friend or Foe? (2007) (DVD)
  • The True Legacy of Abraham - Debate with Shmuley Boteach and Shabir Ally (2008) (DVD)
  • Egypt in the Bible (2008 International Teachers' Seminar)
  • Thy Kingdom Come! (2008)
  • Early Church History (2008)
  • Baptism: The Water that Divides (2009)
  • Evolution & Creation - 2nd debate with Michael Shermer at the U. of Florida  (2009)
  • Judaism & Christianity: Which is the Religion of Peace? - 2nd debate with Shmuley Boteach and Elie Abadie (2009)
  • Jesus: Man, Myth, or Messiah? (2010) - debate with Robert Price at Houston Baptist University
  • Back from the Edge: A Study of Hebrews (2010)
  • Christianity & the Paranormal (ARS Conference) (2011)
  • Is Christianity Rational? - debate with Robert Brotherus in Helsinki (2011)
  • Night of Redemption: A Study of Exodus (2011)
  • From Facts to Faith I (revised) (2011)
  • From Facts to Faith II (2011)
  • From Facts to Faith III (2011)
  • Science & Faith: Enemies or Allies? (DVD) (2013)
  • Chariots of Fire: The Radical Life of the Prophet Elijah (2013)
  • The Problem of Human Suffering (2014)
  • USB1 -- The New Testament
  • USB2 -- Evidences
  • USB3 -- The Afterlife
  • Amos: The Lion Has Roared (2016)
  • Escape (audio) (2016)
  • Campus Core (2016)
  • Christian Evidence for God and the Bible -- online (2016)
  • Exodus: Night of Redemption (2017)
  • Answering Skeptics (2017)
  • Violence, the Bible & the Qur'an - debate with Sheikh Shabir Ally in Toronto (2017)
  • Principle-Centered Parenting (2017)

AFFILIATIONS

2000-17—Member, American Association of Christian Counselors
2005-17—Member, American Scientific Affiliation
2009-17—Advisory Board, Strength in Weakness Ministries
2009-17—Member, Biblical Archaeology Society
2009-17—Member, Evangelical Philosophical Society
2010-17—Member, Society of Biblical Literature