Name + Contact Info
Where and what people do you primarily serve?
I serve simultaneously as the Provost and Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Church History at The Bible Seminary in Katy (Houston), Texas and as the Director of Excavations for the Associates for Biblical Research in Israel. My roles primarily reach into the Evangelical faith community.
How do you serve those people?
I empower Christian scholars and students to succeed in ministry by offering a rigorous curriculum which includes first-hand scholarship at the Shiloh, Israel Excavation.
When did you begin to realize that you had a heart for missions or ministry?
At age 16 I embraced a strong desire to communicate the gospel cross-culturally.
How and when did God lead you to this? How did you recognize His call?
God delivered me from several life-controlling addictions. He put a desire in me to help others find the same freedom that I had found.
Did you have a clear and measurable goal for ministry?
In the early years my goals were clear – to win the lost for Christ. Only much later did I develop the discipline of articulating measurable goals.
What would you do differently if you were starting today?
I would have attempted to be more self-aware and less arrogant about my doctrinal beliefs. Along with this, I would have sought mentoring from older believers.
How do you connect with new partners or supporters and stay connected with your existing partners?
I stay connected in three principal ways: 1.) personal website and organizational websites, 2.) Facebook, and 3.) E-mail distribution list. I speak regularly at churches and conferences where I am always meeting new people. Media interviews help too.
What books, tools, or resources that are important to doing what you do?
In the last two years, I have released two new books: Somebody Call 9:11 and The Trowel and the Truth (Second Edition). I highly recommend the NIV Study Bible and How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth by Fee and Stuart.
How do you get ongoing training and coaching?
I read professional journals and attend professional conferences. I welcome people in my “inner-circle” to speak into my life.
What first steps or training would you recommend that others just starting out?
Get connected to a mentor, read your Bible, pray, serve, and study. I like to see people study broadly (literature, philosophy, history) and narrowly in the Bible.
What is a critical mindset or perspective regarding listening, teachability, flexibility, grace, etc?
Leaders can influence 100 times more than they can control. Great leaders know when to influence and when to control.
Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
Absolutely! I do have some specific regrets regarding things that I have said and done, but I have no regrets in the path that I chose.
Biblical Archaeologist, Educator