Larry Baxter is pursuing a Masters of Ministry Leadership degree at Rockbridge Seminary online, as he seeks a clearer understanding of God’s call on his life. Larry is a father of four adopted children, a professional software developer, and had been married to his college sweetheart Dawn for 23 years. He also serves as the Volunteer Ministry Coordinator, a small group leader, drummer and bassist at his local church. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and loves reading, math, volleyball, boardgames, and playing Wii with his kids. Larry blogs out of his passion to encourage and equip others for ministry at Step Up To The Call.
Jason Chamberlain is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree atShepherds Theological Seminary and should be finished in May 2011, Lord willing. He has been married to Amanda for 12 years and they have two children – Lily (age 7) and Noah (age 3). He got his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, but has never worked in that industry. Instead, he has always worked in IT doing Windows systems support. Hobbies have mostly gone out the window since starting seminary in 2006, but Jason does still play the guitar occasionally and enjoys a game of chess or backgammon when he can get one. You can read Jason’s daily thoughts on Scripture atThoughts of a Freed Captive.
Michael Eubanks is completing a Master of Divinity degree at Rockbridge Seminary online and serves as the Pastor for New Generations at Gladeville Baptist Church in Gladeville, TN, just outside of Nashville. Prior to full time ministry, Michael worked in the Information Technology field while serving as a bi-vocational youth pastor until GBC felt led to call him full time. He has been married to Kelley for twelve years and they have one son, Carver. Michael still works part time in the IT field and also serves as the Technology Director at GBC. He is a sucker for gadgets and gizmos and carries around WAY too many things that require a battery.
Gregory Hartnett Jr. is a first-year seminary student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Leadership and has interned at Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, and at his home church, the Indiana Christian & Missionary Alliance in Indiana, PA. He remains active at the Indiana C&MA, preaching occasionally over breaks and teaching Sunday School. Greg also plays baseball each summer, and quite possibly holds the record for lowest career batting average for someone who doesn’t know when to quit. Greg is not adventurous enough to start blogging, but until he caves in you can follow him @gjhartnett. His calling is to pastor a church, and through word and deed to boldly proclaim Christ and Him crucified until the glorious day when he meets his Maker.
Nick Ng is a slave to a Master named Divinity at Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. When his master permits him to be freed, he spends time with his wife, two children, and Grendy, a tiny, blue fish named after the monster fromBeowulf, who violently gnaws upon fish pellets. When not at home or school, he works full-time as a Graphic Designer at a trade publisher and teaches the deaf at Paramount Park Baptist Church. A native of Chicago, he adores all things the city has to offer, such as riding on el-train, eating a hot dog with everything except ketchup, and watching frustrated drivers in rush-hour traffic. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Creative Writing at a Christian university. His theological interests are ecclesiology, religious iconography and aesthetics, and Christian ethics, particularly dealing with disabilities.
Seth Ross is pursuing a Master’s of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (www.dts.edu), and desires a Spiritual Formation / Associate Pastor role that will allow him to work in one-on-one relationships and small group discipleship. Seth has a passion for seeing people dive deeper into their relationships with God to develop a committed and devoted lifestyle of following Jesus. Seth and his beautiful bride of two years, Edie, (pronounced like Sweetie), moved to Dallas in July of 2010, and are hoping to plug into a new church soon. Seth likes all sports, reading, losing chess games to his wife, playing the Wii and relaxing in between intense Greek study sessions. You can follow their blog at Who Ever Calls.
Anthony Russo proves 1 Corinthians 1:26,that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.â€ Anthony grew up in New Jersey, the youngest of four. Shortly after high school the Lord gave him a job at a computer company, which led to a 20-year career in Information Technology. In 2009, while working full time, he earned a bachelor’s degree in the evenings from Eckerd College. A life’s dream came true when, in June 2010, God called Anthony toleave his netsâ€ and prepare for pastoral ministry. He is enjoying his first-year as an M.Div student at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Since 2007 he has been married to Amy, whose inner grace outshines even her outer beauty. Anthony loves to laugh and learn new things and longs for the Day when he will cast his crowns at the feet of Jesus.
Nancy Wilson, having left a career in academe as a faculty member and university administrator, is currently enrolled as a first-year student pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. She and her husband, Mike, have two young children—ages 5 and 7—that came to them through the beauty of adoption as well as two dogs that were shelter rescues. Nancy holds a B.S. in Business as well as an MBA degree, and has been chronicling her seminary journey on her personal blog, A Sheep’s Eye View.
Former Contributors (who still occasionally grace our pages)
Ryan Burns is a jack of all trades and master of none. In 2007 he created GoingtoSeminary.com in order to chronicle his journey through seminary after googling “families going to seminary” and finding no help what-so-ever. Along with pursuing his Masters of Divinity at RTS-Orlando, Ryan also runs his own web development company, Design Simple. Ryan has been married since November 2000 and has 2 amazing kids. Prior to enrolling in seminary Ryan had spent 8 years leading campus ministries at GSU and VCU. Outside of his faith and family, if there were one thing he could devote his ‘free’ time to, it would be rock climbing… sadly, Florida has no rocks and Ryan has no free time. Oh, he also runs Best-Bible.org
Jake Belder just completed his first year of studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program, and hopes to go on for doctoral studies in historical theology once he is finished there. A native of Ontario, Canada, he holds a B.A. in the humanities from Redeemer University College. It was there that he met his wife, Robin. Gladly leaving the cold and frozen north behind, they have determined that winters in Florida are a foretaste of what paradise will be like. Some of his interests include Eastern Orthodoxy, music, cars, photography, and cooking. He blogs over at cafe de soiree.
Chad Brooks – Chad Brooks is a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary whose primary interests lie in the intersection of contemporary worship and traditional liturgical practice. Chad has been married to Meredith for 3 years and is pretty sure that she is out of his league. After years of schooling, Chad hopes to open a retreat center/alternative school for the Ecclesialy challenged. You can also check out Chad at his personal blog, Outside is Better.
Terry Delaney is currently attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he is pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies. While in seminary, Terry is keeping an online diary of how God is working in his life. He has been married to his lovely wife, Krista, since April 2002. They have three sons: Austin James (August 2004), Isaac Mark (June 2006) and Nathanael Dennis (February 2008). Along with writing here and on his personal blog, Terry is a regular contributor to the blog Said at Southern. Terry was ordained to the gospel ministry in April 2006.
Paul Burkhart is in His first year at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia working towards a Masters of Divinity in Counseling. He was born and raised in Dallas, TX as a Bible-belt-buckle Southern Baptist Right-wing Conservative Evangelical Fundamentalist. He is still recovering. Having gone to VCU for his undergraduate career in psychology, he now considers Richmond, VA home. An avid writer and blogger, he maintains a group blog Reform & Revive, along with his personal blog the long way home, a blog on Biblical Psychology, several Bible Studies, and a new blog of his sermons. After seminary, he hopes to get a Ph.D. at a school and in a topic both yet to be determined. He’s open to ideas.
Kari Patterson – Kari Patterson and her husband Jeff (also contributing) attend Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Kari has a unique seminary experience, including morning sickness vomiting during finals, waddling up the seminary stairs at 9-months pregnant, working full-time, and balancing life as wife and mom while studying hermeneutics, federal headship and premillennial eschatology. Kari has just finished her third year at Multnomah, and only has one class left (!). She will graduate with an MA in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Women’s Ministry in May 2009. You can read more of Kari’s work at karipatterson.com.
Jeff Patterson – Jeff Patterson is an Masters of Divinity student at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, and more importantly, the faithful husband of Kari – also a MBS student – and loving father of Dutch. Jeff and Kari met at Oregon State University, where he studied civil engineering, have enjoyed five years of marriage. They took the plunge as seminary students in Fall 2005, and work and life commitments (and Dutch’s birth!) have adjusted and stretched their completion schedule (Jeff’s being Dec. 2009, probably). Two facts: he’s admittedly the less articulate half of the the Pattersons, and like the Apostle Paul, Jeff has meeting eyebrows, a trait he hopes to past to all his sons, but not daughters. Both he and Kari love the Church, and want to see Her become all Christ has redeemed Her to be. Jeff’s life purpose is to know, love and enjoy the Triune God above all else, and help others do the same. He longs to learn what it means to work from significance in Christ and not for it, as the Gospel would have it. He blogs at deTheos.com.