Dr. John L. Rothra’s Résumé

My curriculum vitae (résumé), highlighting my ministry experience, education, and spiritual gifts, along with samples of my work.

Ministry Snapshot

Helping people and churches know, show, and share the gospel of Jesus.

Spiritual Gifts & Skills

Spiritual Gifts: Teaching/preaching, administration, encouragement

Related Skills: Theology, discipleship, vision casting

Key Ministry Experience

Web Administrator
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship – Dallas, TX

2/2024 – Present (staff)
11/2021 – 1/2024 (contractor)
1/2018 – 11/2021 (staff)

  • Manage three websites (church, outreach ministry, private school)
  • Review website content and sermon study guides for biblical and grammatical accuracy
  • Offer pastoral/doctrinal insight to Ministry Advancement team members

Author/Speaker, Blogger & YouTuber

9/2015 – Present

  • Publish Bible study and ministry videos to help people know, show, and share the gospel
  • Author of 1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church
  • Featured speaker at “Ignite Houston” evangelism conference in 2016
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Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Baptist Church – Alice, TX

11/2021 – 12/2023

  • Discipled/mentored two men one-on-one
  • Instituted processes of building deacon body and church revitalization
  • Served on Executive Board of local Baptist association (Esperanza Baptist Partnership)
  • Served on Board for Kleberg County Pregnancy Resource Center
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Adjunct Professor of Evangelism
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Fort Worth, TX

8/2015 – 12/2015

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church – Floral City, FL

10/2012 – 5/2014

  • Launched 1X Evangelism pilot program
  • Reinstituted annual church picnic featuring public baptisms in local lake
  • Coordinated multi-denominational community worship services at Thanksgiving and Easter
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Union Hill Baptist Church – Alvord, TX

8/2005 – 9/2012

  • Initiated church health evaluation, improving awareness of church’s previously unknown strengths and areas for improvement
  • Introduced monthly missions offering dedicated to support local missionaries along with denominational mission boards

Self-Employed – Texas, Ohio, Kansas

8/2002 – 5/2008

Hilltop Baptist Church – Fort Worth, TX

5/2004 – 5/2005


Doctor of Philosophy – Evangelism (2014)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages – Evangelism and Missions (2007)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Science – Political Science (1998)
University of Texas at Tyler

Associate of Arts – Business Administration (1994)
Kilgore College

Honors Received

W. Fred Swank Evangelism Award
2007 & 2014
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Ministry Licensing & Ordination

Licensed: September 2002
Ordained: March 2004
Both by Judson Community Baptist Church, Longview, TX

Published Works

1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church. Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing, 2015; rev. ed., ebook, John L. Rothra, 2018.
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Progressivism’s Impact on Evangelism: The Confluence of Ideas Between Woodrow Wilson and John R. Mott, and Barack Obama and Jim Wallis.” PhD dissertation, Texas: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014.
WorldCat listing

Hobbies & Interests

Spending time with family, keeping up with current events, blogging & social media, maintaining websites, playing bass and guitar, and reading.

I’m Here to Help You

I want to help you and your church know, show, and share the gospel of Jesus!

Having been involved with various size churches—from small rural churches to urban megachurches—I offer my experience and education to you.

Schedule me to speak or to be a guest on your podcast or YouTube channel.