Dr. Michael Spradlin
Dr. Michael Spradlin has been president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997 and is only the second person to have served as the President of Mid-America. Before then, he served as Director of the Northeast Branch of Mid-America in Schenectady, New York. A gifted speaker and preacher of God’s Word, Dr. Spradlin created the Seminary’s Live by the Word podcast, a verse-by-verse study through books of the Bible.
Dr. Spradlin graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he earned a BA. He continued his education at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee earning an MDIV and a PhD with his major field of study being Old Testament and Hebrew.
Dr. Spradlin is married to Lee Ann, and they have three children: David, Thomas, and Laura Beth. He is a committed member of Crossroads Baptist Church and spends many Sundays as a guest preacher at churches throughout the country. Dr. Spradlin is an avid runner who participates annually in the St. Jude’s Marathon and competes regularly in races throughout the year.
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Dr. Bradley Thompson
executive Vice-President and Dean of the College
Dr. Bradley Thompson was saved at age 9 at the First Southern Baptist Church of San Diego, California. He was called into Gospel ministry at age 17 and later earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Criswell College (1984), an MDIV from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (1988), a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001), and an EdD from Columbia University (2014). Before joining the Mid-America faculty and staff in June 1998, he served as a youth minister in a Memphis-area church and as executive pastor of three churches, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
Dr. Thompson married his childhood sweetheart, Susan Hampton, in 1982. They have four adult children: Nathan, Sarah, Stephen, and Hannah.
Dr. Thompson serves as Executive Vice President, Dean of The College at Mid-America, Professor of Christian Education, and Chairman of the Department of Christian Education. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and the Society of Professors of Christian Education. He writes on the topics of learning, education, and leadership.
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Dr. Lee Brand Jr.
vice president and Dean of the Seminary
Dr. Lee Brand Jr. grew up in Nettleton, Mississippi. He received the call to preach and preached his first sermon at Good Hope M.B. Church in Shannon Mississippi, just prior to graduating high school in 1997. After earning his Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, Dr. Brand went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of Beth-el Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville from 2002–2019, overseeing much of its growth and ministry development, including campus outreach at Mississippi State and missions partnerships in the Philippines and Uganda.
In December 2013, Dr. Brand earned a PhD degree from Mid-America with a concentration in Practical Theology and minors in Theology and New Testament. His teaching experience includes an adjunct professorship at East Mississippi Community College and assistant instructor at the Starkville Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Brand has worked in convention positions with the Northeast Mississippi Baptist Congress and the Whitefield District Association. He has also served his community. In 2010, he was appointed to the Starkville School District Board of Trustees and was selected as a chaplain for the Starkville Police Department.
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Dr. Randy Redd
chief financial officer
Dr. Redd was born in Tyler, Texas where he went to First Baptist Church every time the doors were open. At the age of 9 he received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1982 and followed with a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler in 1985. Dr. Redd earned a PhD in Strategic Management from Sullivan University in 2017. He worked in the Oil & Gas industry in East Texas for a number of years prior to accepting the position of Executive Director of Christian Mission Concerns Foundation. It was that position that moved Dr. Redd to the Memphis area in 1986. He met his wife Melanie at Bellevue Baptist Church in 1989, and they were married in September of 1990. They have two children.
Dr. Redd serves as the Vice President for Finance and Operations, CFO, and Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Management. He also serves as Minister of Music at Gracepoint Baptist Church in Cordova, TN where he attends. Prior ministry experience includes serving as Interim Pastor at Ellendale Baptist Church, Administrative Pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, NC, Minister of Church Programming at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN, and Minister of Church Growth at First Baptist Church of Snellville, GA. He holds membership in the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, the National Association of Business Officers, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. In 2016, he was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta the International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration. He has business experience in Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Sales, Shipping, Utilities as well as serving on staff for over twenty-one years at five Southern Baptist Churches. In addition to his teaching at MABTS and area pulpit supply, Dr. Redd has taught in Men’s Ministry, Evangelism Training, Volunteer Ministries Training, and at various Discipleship Conferences.
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