Graduate of Boswell High School
Boswell, Oklahoma.

Graduate cum laude of Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
Graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas

Master of Divinity with emphases in Missions and Evangelism.
Graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas

Doctor of Ministry with emphases in Pastoral Ministry and Theology.
Graduate of Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas.
Honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Pastor, Floyd Baptist Church
Greenville, Texas

1984-90
Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church
Iowa Park, Texas

1990-2004
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church
Garland, Texas

2004-Present
Current Ministry
Garland, Texas

    • Garland, Texas is a suburb of Dallas. Population in the Garland Independent School District is 317,634.
    • Garland is the second most diverse city in Texas with the following demographic breakdown: 39% Anglo, 37% Hispanic, 14% African-American, 9% Asian.
    • First Baptist Church is a diverse congregation blending various ethnicities, social levels, and economic levels.
    • Average worship attendance increased from 958 in 2004 to 1550 in 2017.
    • Average Sunday School attendance increased from 1117 in 2004 to 1550 in 2017.
    • Annual financial giving increased from $2.94 million in 2004 to $5.56 million in 2017.
    • A $2.5 million debt in 2004 was liquidated and FBCG has remained debt-free since 2010.
    • Nine parcels of land have been purchased since 2004, all debt-free, to poise the church for future expansion.
    • 56% of the church's active members have joined the congregation since 2000.
    • 33% of the church's active members have joined the congregation since 2010.
    • GED classes taught to the public, at the church, free of charge (with free childcare) one night per week.
    • ESL classes taught to the public, using the Gospel of John, free of charge three nights per week.
    • Benevolence Ministry (called Friendship House) open 40 hours per week assisting 175 families weekly with physical, material, and spiritual needs.
    • Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids meets throughout the year in 13-week cycles.
    • Began counseling services with two professional counselors
    • Began a Grief Share Ministry
    • Began Mother's Day Out program and summer school lunch program
    • Added 9 mission partnerships around the world since 2004 (Firewheel Towne Center in Garland; Code Cares in Garland; Connection Church Planting in South Dakota; Calvary Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California; United Nations Outreach in New York City; City Church in Amarillo, Texas; Betania Baptist Church in Sighisoara, Romania; Angola Baptist Seminary in Luwanda, Angola; and Pernambuco State Baptist Convention in Recife, Brazil)
    • Began a Spanish-Language Ministry
    • Began a Men's Ministry
    • Re-organized and expanded the Women's Ministry
    • Began a Special Needs Ministry
    • Began a detailed Assimilation Ministry for greater involvement and retention of new members
    • Renovated the Sanctuary, Children's Area, and Atrium of the church facilities.

    Doctoral supervisor
    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    1993-94
    Adjunct Instructor
    Wayland Baptist University

    1996-2002
    Adjunct Instructor
    Dallas Baptist University

    2005-Present
    Reader, Department of Educational Ministries and Leadership
    Dallas Baptist University

    2016
    Trustee
    Dallas Baptist University

    2013-Present
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    Dallas Baptist University

    2016
    Presidential Search Committee
    Dallas Baptist University

    2015-2016
    Courses taught include:
  • Early Life and Letters of Paul (undergraduate),
  • New Testament Survey (undergraduate),
  • The Gospel of Mark (undergraduate),
  • Christian Doctrine (undergraduate),
  • Systematic Theology (Masters level),
  • Transformational Worship (Masters level),
  • Proclamation (Masters level), and Servant Leadership (Doctorate level).
Wrote
Now My Eye Sees You: What a Doctorate in Theology Did Not Teach Me About God, My Son Did.
Hannibal Books, 2011

Enjoy running and competing in half-marathons

Broadcast sporting events for Cumulus Broadcasting
Professors

The professors that teach the yyy hold advanced degrees from the most prestigious Bible Colleges, Seminaries, and Universities in the world including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Baptist University, and Gateway Seminary. Lucent selects professors based on their faithfulness to the Scriptures, their academic background, lifetime achievements, and their talent to deliver dynamic classes.