Background: I have had several books published on multiple topics that often overlap with me: presidents, faith, and leadership. What does “several” mean in this context? Why am I not more specific? Well, the explanation is both complicated and boring—a fatal combination for a writer.
I have a Ph. D. and a Masters degree in History from the University of Kentucky. I also received a Masters in Applied Theology from Carson-Newman University, and during my undergraduate studies at Asbury University I majored in both Bible and Education (with a History emphasis for the latter). Currently, I am a Professor of History at Walters State Community College.
Hometown: I used to tell people “Lots of different places,” but someone told me that sounded evasive. I was born in Charleston, SC, but my dad was in the US Navy, so we moved a lot. We went from SC to VA, back to SC, then to VA again, and finally FL before I turned ten. I spent many years in Kentucky after which my wife and I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee over a decade ago.
Best job ever: teaching History at Walters State.
Worst job ever: I did a temp job in an aluminum recycling plant. It was hot, grueling, and mildly dangerous. My only co-worker spoke maybe forty words the entire (single) day I worked there. Because he mumbled so badly, I only understood about twenty of them, and fourteen were swear words. I’m pretty sure most of the swearing was directed at me.
My 5 great loves: Jesus, my wife, greeting cards with apes on them, Japanese food, and Kung Fu. I am not a complicated man.