I have served the mission of God for over 40 years as a business manager, pastor, and professor. These days, I am overwhelmed by God’s grace in calling me to join with CBM in writing, teaching, training leaders, and learning with CBM’s partners around the world.
I was born in Oklahoma City but learned to adapt to new cultures as we lived in 7 different towns and cities before I was 11. My father was a pastor and for many years served as General Director of Foreign Missions for the National Association of Free Will Baptists, USA. My mother authored Sunday School literature for pre-schoolers and their teachers.
For five years I was a supervisor and then manager for Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville, TN. During this time I also completed a B.A. in Bible and Missions at Welch College. I then moved to Vancouver to study at Regent College, where I completed an M.C.S. and M.Div. While studying at Regent I was called to ministry by First Baptist Church, Vancouver, and ordained by Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. After pastoring Edmonds Baptist Church, Burnaby, BC, for six years, I completed a Ph.D. in theology at Duke University.
Although I had hoped to return to a pastorate with the CBWC, no doors opened, so I spent the next 14 years teaching Christian undergraduates who were going into the marketplace; then for 14 years I taught and formed pastors, missionaries, and other leaders at Acadia Divinity College and Carey Theological College. I left my position at Carey in December 2017 and now serve as a Teaching Fellow at Regent College. Since 2011, I have also found great joy through teaching and preaching in Kenya, Costa Rica, Japan, and Korea.
In my teaching and mentoring in person and in print, I aim to help people grow in the community of disciples of Jesus so that we may glorify God by obeying the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Among the books I have written are Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry and Mission in Practice; God So Loved the World: A Christology for Disciples; Gospel Virtues: Practicing Faith, Hope, and Love in Uncertain Times; and God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation.
I am married to Soohwan Park, a native of South Korea, who has spent over two decades in Bangladesh, Thailand, Canada and Israel. She has worked among the poorest of the poor, and directed multi-cultural training programs, global human resources and consulted on leadership projects for Christian nonprofits. Her current focus is to visit and encourage local churches in Fukushima, Japan since the triple disaster in March 2011.
I am amazed by the opportunities that I now have through CBM to fulfill my life-long desire to serve the church outside North America in obedience to the Great Commandment and Great Commission.