The year 2017 has already been an exciting year for me and my family. My wife and I welcomed our son into the world in January and I graduated with my PhD in Old Testament from Master’s Seminary this month. Although this has already been a packed year, we are not close to being done. Come June, my family and I are packing up to move to North Carolina where I will serve as a faculty member of Shepherd’s Theological Seminary (STS).
My official title at the seminary will be Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages (I know, it sounds nerdy—but I guess if the shoe fits…). I am really excited to be a part of the team and ministry there. I have been talking with the faculty and students about what God has been doing at STS, and there are many exciting things happening there. My wife and I are pumped to partner with the ministry there.
I am excited about this next season of life to be involved in discipling men and women who will be leaders in the church. I pray that God will help me pass along the things that my teachers have taught me (both from a knowledge standpoint, but also related to godly character). It is my goal as a teacher to simply stand in line with the faithful men who have gone before me and help contribute to others as many have done for me.
The school where I will be serving, Shepherd’s Theological Seminary, started in 2003 under the leadership of Pastor Stephen Davey at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC. The school itself is a dispensational school similar in doctrinal beliefs to The Master’s Seminary, where I just graduated with my PhD. One of the many things that I am really excited about at Shepherds is their Israel Initiative, a program which funds a trip to Israel for students. This means that students who go to STS have the opportunity to go to Israel as part of their educational experience. As someone who benefited greatly from my time in Israel, I think this is an amazing opportunity for students.
I am also really looking forward to working with Drs. Bookman and Pettegrew, both of whom I greatly respect. I am looking forward to learning from their extensive teaching experience, which, if I am calculating it right, is about 80 years combined.
In any case, I know this blog post is a big departure from the normal kind of posts you read on this blog. But, I thought it would be helpful to keep everyone updated on what’s going on in our family’s life. Although I don’t like to post personal things often, I will make an exception on this one because it is that exciting! Also, I’m sure the things I’m studying for classes will come up in blog articles and future podcasts, so I wanted everyone to know some of the context of what goes on in my brain (a scary place to stay for any amount of time).
Next post I will give you something biblical to mull over, I promise! For now, I just wanted to give you an opportunity to praise the Lord with us for this opportunity to be involved with strengthening the church for His honor and glory. We pray that He glorify himself in whatever way He see fit.