I worked for more than 15 years as a consultant for Bible translators, mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo but also in Cameroon, Chad, and other countries. Then I taught for nine years in the English department at Middle Tennessee State University. I enjoy hiking in the Tennessee hills, running on the back roads and through the fields near my home, and bicycling wherever the wheels may take me; I especially enjoyed biking coast-to-coast in the summer of 2011.
My B.A. is from Houghton College. My M.A. is from UT-Arlington, where I took five courses from the beloved Professor Robert Longacre of Wycliffe Bible Translators. My Ph.D. is from Michigan State University in linguistics, with special interests in African languages, sociolinguistcs, and stylistics. I studied Hebrew, Greek, and biblical literature at Fuller & Princeton seminaries.
I thank God for my patient, loving wife and our six children, family and friends near and far, and my wonderful brothers and sisters in the small country church of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, where y'all are welcome to come any time: if on the fourth Sunday, you can look forward to a meal of fried chicken, spaghetti, greens, okree, banana cream pie and other treats!