Categories: Academic Department

David Shackelford, PhD

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Dr. Shackelford was born in Mississippi and raised in Arkansas. He received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the First Baptist Church of Forrest City, Arkansas, while he was a junior in high school. He committed his life to vocational Christian ministry the following year in 1969. He attended the University of Arkansas on […]

Michael Spradlin, PhD

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Michael R. Spradlin, PhD, president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, received a BA from Ouachita Baptist University, and an MDIV and PhD from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a versatile ministry background that includes preaching, teaching, church planting, military chaplaincy, and many international and North American mission trips. In addition to serving as the […]

Lee Brand Jr., PhD

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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 then went on to earn his Master […]

Matt Akers, PhD

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Dr. Matt Akers serves as the Associate Dean of Doctoral Programs, assistant professor of Old Testament, Hebrew, New Testament, Greek, and Biblical Counseling. He is also the Director of the Hispanic Institute. Currently, Dr. Akers serves as the pastor of la Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida, a Hispanic church plant in Memphis. His personal travel includes […]

John Babler, PhD

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Dr. John Babler grew up in Dallas, Texas, and even though he had attended church much of his life, he was not saved until he was 20 years old. Shortly after being saved, he was called into ministry. Having grown up in a Presbyterian church, he began to prepare for ministry as a Presbyterian. He […]

Wayne Cornett, PhD

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Dr. Wayne Cornett was raised in a Christian home and trusted Christ at the age of 13. In 1999 he surrendered to God’s call on his life to preach the gospel. He was licensed and ordained in the church where he was saved and baptized. He served as a staff evangelist/missions director as well. Dr. […]

Kirk Kilpatrick, PhD

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Dr. Kilpatrick was saved in the fall of 1977 during a week when the Evangelist Angel Martinez came to his high school and preached a series of evangelistic messages. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis with majors in History and Spanish. Having met his wife in high school at a Track […]

Kenneth Lewis, PhD

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Dr. Lewis grew up in Sallis, Mississippi, and confessed Jesus at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in August 1980. After earning a BS Degree in Computer Science at Mississippi State University, he began a career in software development and project management before pursuing his call to vocational ministry. Dr. Lewis began his ministry training by attending […]

Tom Marshall, PhD

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Dr. Tom Marshall serves as the Director of Institutional Assessment, Director of Security, and Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Marshall serves as Senior Pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Hernando, MS. His personal travels include Central America, India, Japan, Iceland, Africa, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Ireland, and France. Dr. Marshall has been blessed with his wonderful […]

Jere Phillips, PhD

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Dr. Jere Phillips came to MABTS in January 2001. He serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Editor of The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. […]