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Ministry Snapshot

  • Author of 1X Evangelism
  • Featured speaker at “Ignite Houston” evangelism conference in 2016
  • 15 years in ministry
  • 10 years in the pastorate

Spiritual Gifts & Skills

Spiritual Gifts: Teaching, preaching, administration

Related Skills: Writing, analysis, outreach strategy, vision casting, web development

Web/Software: HTML, CSS, WordPress, SEO, WooCommerce, Social media, GIMP/Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, Inkscape


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

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

Bachelor of Science – Political Science (1998)
Minor: Speech Communications
University of Texas at Tyler

Associate of Arts – Business Administration (1994)
Kilgore College

Ministry & Secular Experience

Author/Speaker & BloggerSelf-Employed (2015-Present)
Longview, TX

  • Author of 1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church
  • Owner of
  • Featured speaker at “Ignite Houston” evangelism conference in 2016

Chief ReceiverLifeWay (2014-Present)
Longview, TX

  • Promoted to Keyholder within three months
  • Took over shipping & receiving in 2017

Bassist (volunteer), Mobberly Baptist Church (2014-Present)
Longview, TX

Adjunct Professor of EvangelismSouthwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2015)
Longview, TX

Senior PastorFirst Baptist Church (2012-2014)
Floral City, FL

  • Launched 1X Evangelism pilot program
  • Reinstituted annual church picnic featuring public baptisms in local lake
  • Coordinated multi-church community worship services at Thanksgiving and Easter

Bi-vocational PastorUnion Hill Baptist Church (2005-2012)
Alvord, TX

  • 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

Sales AssociateLifeWay (2005-2012)
Fort Worth, TX

Teaching Assistant/Grader (Dr. David Mills), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2008-2009)
Longview, TX

EvangelistSelf-Employed (2002-2008)
Texas, Ohio, Kansas

Bi-vocational PastorHilltop Baptist Church (2004-2005)
Fort Worth, TX

Honors & Awards Received

W. Fred Swank Evangelism Award (2007 & 2014)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ministry Licensing and Ordination

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

Hobbies and Interests

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


1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church. Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing, 2015.

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.

Organizational Memberships

Evangelical Missiological Society


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Dr. John L. Rothra

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