About Dr. John L. Rothra

Dr. John L. Rothra. Photograph by Christina Massey Photography.
Dr. John L. Rothra
Photograph by Christina Massey Photography.

I accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of nine and answered God’s call to ministry in 2002. I entered seminary in 2003, earning an MDivBL in Evangelism and Missions and a PhD in Evangelism (minor in preaching) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS).

Currently, I am an author/speaker focusing on missional branding: the merging of outreach strategy, evangelism, and web design. In 2015 I published 1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church, an evangelism strategy designed for small and large churches to help them get their members re-engaged in personal evangelism.

In addition to missional branding and outreach strategy, I am a bassist with The Crossing Praise Team at Mobberly Baptist Church, and an aspiring YouTuber. My videos include sermons, 1X Evangelism-related content, bassline tutorials, and family videos.

My background includes 17 years in the ministry—10 of which were in the pastorate—pastorate where I learned from my own experience and that of others many of the issues pastors encounter in thier ministry. I also served as Adjunct Professor of Evangelism for SWBTS.

My wife, Olivia, and I married in 1999, and we have three children together: Lauren, Lindsay, and David. We currently live in Longview, Texas.