I'm a native of Connersville, Indiana. I served in the Navy (1962-1966) as a Radioman and Teletype Repairman on the destroyer Wallace L. Lind DD703 based in Norfolk, Virginia. I met my wife-to-be, Gloria (North Carolina), while attending college after the service. Although my primary career has been teaching, my wife and I worked with Missions to Military in Virginia and Florida as well as pastoral work in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Florida.
After my military duty, I earned the Bachelor of Theology degree from Piedmont Baptist College (North Carolina), the Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (Indiana).
I served as a Professor of Greek and New Testament at Piedmont Baptist College (1979-83), Grace Theological Seminary (1983-93), Baptist Bible Seminary of Pennsylvania (1993-95), and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (1995-Present). I have also served in a number of administrative capacities during my academic career, including service as a regional officer for the Evangelical Theological Society.
I have also authored a number of articles and book reviews in theological journals. I contributed a dozen articles to the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (Baker); edited a volume of articles on New Testament Studies in honor of Homer A. Kent, Jr. (BMH Books), served as General Editor for Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology (Zondervan), and authored Decision Making God’s Way: A New Model for Knowing God’s Will (Baker). His current research interests include hermeneutics, the nature of biblical application in changing cultures, 1 Corinthians, and themes in Pauline theology.
My wife Gloria and I currently make our home in Fort Myers, Florida. In 2011, I shifted from my career as a tenured Greek professor at GRTS and transitioned to working as a free-lance online professor and conference speaker. I enjoy a hobby in bluegrass music, playing the five-string banjo. Gloria enjoys everything and plays the upright bass as well!