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Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Audio Resources
49 minutes | May 9, 2012
05.09.2012 - Arbo Matthew
Matthew Arbo serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern. Arbo recently completed his dissertation on ethical debates over economic policy in eighteenth-century Europe at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a M.Th. in Christian Ethics from the University of Edinburgh and a M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy from Liberty University. At Midwestern Arbo teaches Christian Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy and Christian Political Thought. He has published articles in Political Theology and Evangelical Review of Society and Politics and written several reviews for the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, Expository Times, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology and Theological Book Review. In addition to these publications he has presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Templeton Foundation Workshops, and the Ethics and Social Theology Group of Tyndale House, Cambridge. His research interests range broadly, encompassing Christian ethics, political theology, Augustine, philosophy of religion, historical theology (especially early-modern) and the history of economic thought. Before arriving at Midwestern, Arbo served as a tutor and part-time lecturer in Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. His wife, Ashli, is an attorney practicing civil law.
0 minutes | May 2, 2012
05.02.2012 - Robb Hand
Robb Hand is the Student Ministry Pastor at Haven Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. He also serves on the Youth Evangelism Staff for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. He has a Bachelor’s from Fort Hays State University and is completing a Master of Divinity - Youth Ministry Concentration - from Midwestern. He has also ministered as camp pastor and retreat speaker. His passions are student ministry and missions. He says God has blessed him with the opportunity to serve students for over 15 years and to be a part of missions projects in the United States, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Japan and the Netherlands. He and his wife, Erlinda, will soon celebrate their 20th year of marriage and are thankful for their two greatest treasures: Brianna, 18, and Bobby, 16.
0 minutes | May 1, 2012
05.01.2012 - Omar Segovia
Omar Segovia has served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., since April 2008. CBC currently has English and Burundi/Tanzanian congregations. Along with the church’s faithful leadership, the Segovia’s have committed their futures to continue to love and win the Northeast Kansas City for the Lord Jesus Christ. Segovia was born in Santiago, Chile, and immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1979. Later, his family became Christians and were active in the Spanish Baptist churches there. He was active in the church youth and school campus Christian leaderships. He eventually graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from York University in Toronto. He also served overseas as a journeyman with the IMB in the Arab world, where he met his wife, Janna, in Egypt. They married in 2002, and during their first four years, they lived in Canada where they had their first two children, Keziah and Elijah. At the end of 2006, the Segovias moved to Kansas City, Mo., and he began his M.Div at MBTS in 2007. He plans to graduate in May. He says the family has been greatly blessed by the Seminary community, and the additional births of Titus, Eliyana and Jaikan.
33 minutes | Apr 25, 2012
04.25.2012 - John Yeats
John Yeats serves as the executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention. His responsibilities include leadership, oversight and strategic planning for the MBC. He assists the convention, comprised of more than 1,900 cooperating churches, with making missional disciples, multiplying churches and developing effective 21st century leaders. Prior to his leadership in Missouri, Yeats served as director of Communications and Public Policy for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He has also been editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, and director of Communications/editor of the Indiana Baptist for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. Prior to his ministry with state conventions, he served 20 years as pastor of churches in Texas and Kansas. Yeats received a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and a M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary. He earned a D.Min. from Midwestern Seminary and a D.D. from the American Christian College and Seminary in Bethany, Okla. He is married to Sharon, and they have three sons and eight grandchildren.
0 minutes | Apr 24, 2012
04.24.2012 - Merle Mees
Merle Mees joined the Pleasant Valley staff in 2007. He is the lead teaching pastor and oversees the church’s multi-site strategy. He is passionate about seeing lives changed by the Gospel and is committed to leading Pleasant Valley in unleashing the transforming influence of Jesus in the Northland and beyond. His personal mission is to live life in such a way as to cause others to applaud Jesus. Prior to coming to PV, Mees served in two other churches. He was director of ministries and teaching pastor at Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kan., from 2004-2007, and the lead pastor of Western Hills Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., from 1990-2004. He and his wife, Karen, have been serving churches since they were newlyweds. They share the value of family and treasure their two grown sons, Nathan and Paul, and daughter-in-law, Kerry.
33 minutes | Apr 18, 2012
04.18.2012 - Bob Mills
Bob Mills serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. He began serving in this role in 2010. Before coming to his current post, Mills came to Kansas-Nebraska convention in 1998 from the North American Mission Board, where he had been director of the Mission Service Corps program since 1986 and coordinator for supervision training and leadership development. He joined the staff of the then-Home Mission Board in 1981. Mills was also pastor of First Baptist Church of Bethel in Kansas City, Kan., from 1978-81; director of church and community ministries for the Kansas City, Kansas, Baptist Association from 1976-79; and director of youth and family services for the association and coordinator of weekday ministries from 1974-76. He holds M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is an undergraduate degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. He has served as an adjunct professor at Midwestern and several other seminaries. Mills is also a past president of Midwestern Seminary’s alumni association and the State Missions Directors Fellowship.
0 minutes | Apr 17, 2012
04.17.2012 - Kevin Shrum
Kevin Shrum has been in ministry 29 years, the last 15 at Inglewood Baptist. He is a graduate of Missouri Baptist College and obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. In denominational service, Shrum has been president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (2002), is currently a trustee for Union University and interim chairman of the trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the co-author of a newly released book, The Fear Killer, and has written numerous opinion pieces and journal articles. He is also working on his second book. In his spare time, Shrum has been involved in coaching football. He is a preacher/theologian who happens to be a recovering athlete. He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Sarah, Caleb, and Isaac.
41 minutes | Apr 11, 2012
04.11.2012 - Micah Fries
Micah Fries has been lead pastor at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., since 2007. Previously, he served as pastor at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, Mo., for five years. He and his wife, Tracy have also been IMB missionaries to the Dagara people in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He grew up in an Air Force home, moving often, and living in places around the U.S. as well as overseas, which allowed him exposure to a number of cultures and peoples. Coming from a home with two parents who loved Christ, modeled Christ-like behavior, and particularly communicated a passion for missions, he learned at an early age to love and value Christ and His call to take the Gospel to all the peoples of the world. At 12 years old, Fries trusted Christ for his salvation. Just one year later, he surrendered to God’s call for service in vocational ministry. He began preaching at 16 years old. Fries studied Theology at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Fla., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also holds a M.Div. from Midwestern Seminary. The Fries are the parents of two daughters, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel.
0 minutes | Apr 10, 2012
04.10.2012 - Robin Hadaway
Robin Hadaway, associate professor of missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was appointed acting president of the Seminary on Feb. 10, 2012. He has served in his role as professor of missions since October 2003. Previously, he and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for a total of 18 years. Hadaway served as a strategy coordinator, cluster leader and church planter in a closed country in North Africa and earlier as a church planter in Tanzania. More recently, Hadaway was the IMB Regional Leader for Eastern South America, supervising over 300 missionaries in Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. He has also been a senior pastor for churches in California and Arizona and attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska and Nevada. Hadaway received a M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary, a D.Min. from Golden Gate Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Memphis State University. Hadaway is a native of Tallahassee, Fla., and together with Kathy, they have three grown children.
43 minutes | Apr 4, 2012
04.04.2012 - Ed Litton
Ed Litton has been the senior pastor of First Baptist North Mobile since July 1994. Prior to coming to North Mobile, he served as a home missionary appointed to work in the evangelism office of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. From there, he and his wife, Tammy, moved to Tucson and founded the Mountain View Baptist Church. Almost seven years after that work had been established, God led his family to North Mobile as senior pastor. Litton holds a B.A. in Religion & Theatre from Grand Canyon University, a M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary, and a D.Min. from Southern Seminary. The Littons have 3 children: Josh, Tyler, and Kayla. Ed was married to Tammy for 25 years when she was killed in an automobile accident Aug. 16, 2007. After a period of God’s grace and healing, Litton married Kathy Ferguson, widow of Pastor Rick Ferguson, who was also killed in an automobile accident.
0 minutes | Apr 3, 2012
04.03.2012 - Rodney Hammer
Rodney Hammer came to the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association in October of 2008. He serves as the Executive Director of Missions. Prior to that time he served for 18 years with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention -- 10 years in China and the orient, and eight years as the regional leader for Central and Eastern Europe. Hammer received a M.Div. in 1989 and a D.Min. in 1996, both from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to Debbie for 25 years, and they have a 16-year old son, Luke.
31 minutes | Mar 28, 2012
03.28.2012 - Steve Dighton
Steve Dighton has been the senior pastor at Lenexa Baptist Church since 1990. Prior to Lenexa, he served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Piedmont, Okla. Before being call to the ministry, he enjoyed a career in the men's clothing business. While serving as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at his home church, First Baptist of Ada, Okla., he felt God's call to full time service. The Dighton family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so he could follow God's leading and attend seminary. Since that time, God has confirmed that calling in many ways. Dighton received his education at Dallas Baptist University and holds two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Mary Dighton, D.D.S., is in private practice in Lenexa. The Dightons have two sons, Chase and Derek. They also have three grandchildren, Cooper, Allison and Johnathan.
42 minutes | Mar 20, 2012
03.20.2012 - Wade Akins
Wade Akins has served the Lord as a Missionary for 40 years, being appointed by both NAMB and the IMB. He retired from the IMB in 2007 after 26 years and is currently with “Pioneer Missions,” which is headquartered in Jackson, Tenn. The major focus of his current ministry is East Africa and India. Akins ministered in Brazil for 17 years, where the Lord led him to develop a Church Planting Strategy called “Pioneer Evangelism.” The IMB decided to use this strategy on a Global level, and he now trains all SBC missionaries in Pioneer Evangelism before they go overseas. He and his wife have been doing the Pioneer Evangelism Training on a worldwide level since 2000, and have trained over 100,000 pastors and leaders in 64 nations throughout the world. In other SBC work, Akins has served as an evangelist and as a director of missions. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College, earned his master’s degree at New Orleans Seminary and received a D.Min. in Missions from Southwestern Seminary. Akins is married to Barbara, and they have three children and six grandchildren.
39 minutes | Mar 7, 2012
03.07.2012 - Jerry Sutton
Jerry Sutton serves as Midwestern Seminary’s dean and vice president of Academic Development. Previously, he was the senior pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., for 22 years and has taught courses at multiple SBC seminaries. Since his retirement from Two Rivers, he has served in the classroom as associate professor of Christian proclamation and pastoral theology at Liberty Seminary. A Southwestern Seminary graduate, Sutton earned his Ph.D. in church history with minors in preaching and Greek New Testament. In other denominational service, Sutton served as first-vice president of the SBC in 2005, has been a trustee at LifeWay Christian Resources, and presided over the SBC Pastors’ Conference. Sutton has authored the authoritative account of the conservative resurgence, The Baptist Reformation. He has published a resource for individuals seeking spiritual rededication entitled The Way Back Home, and his work, A Matter of Conviction: A History of Southern Baptist Engagement with the Culture, stands as both a historic description and centennial commemoration of the denomination’s interaction with American culture. His latest book is entitled, A Primer on Biblical Preaching. He and his wife, Fern, have two adult daughters.
29 minutes | Mar 6, 2012
03.06.2012 - Andrzej Seweryn
Andrzej Seweryn serves as Rector of the Warsaw Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he pastored in local Baptist churches in the cities of Bialystok and Ketrzyn and was president of the Baptist Union of Poland from 1999-2007. Seweryn holds a Doctor of Theology from the Christian Academy of Theology in Warsaw, and earned master’s degrees from the University of Warsaw and the Baptist Theological Seminary of Poland. Besides writing numerous articles and reviews, he has authored the books: On the Way of Dialogue, The Ecumenical Involvement of the Baptist Union of Poland as a Member of the Polish Ecumenical Council over the Years 1945-1989 (2006), Lexicon of the Baptists in Poland after 1945 Year (2007), The History of the Baptist Church in Ketrzyn over the Years 1898-2008 (2008), The History of the Baptist Church in Chelm over the Years 1910-2010 (2010), Love, Truth and Peace, and The history of the First Baptist Church in Warsaw over the Years 1871-2011 (2011). He and his wife, Ewa, have three children: Adam, Kamil, and Monika, who is a master’s student at Midwestern. They also have three granddaughters.
40 minutes | Mar 1, 2012
02.29.2012 - Richard Blackaby
Richard Blackaby has served as the president of Blackaby Ministries International since July 2006. In his role, he speaks internationally on the Christian life, spiritual leadership and revival. Previously, he served as senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and then as president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, for 13 years. Blackaby earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a M. Div. and a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Seminary. He was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Dallas Baptist University. He has co-authored several books with his father, Henry, including: Experiencing God: Revised Edition, Fresh Encounter: Revised Edition, When God Speaks, and Experiencing God Day by Day. Blackaby was also the managing editor and contributing author of The Blackaby Study Bible. Additionally, he authored Putting a Face on Grace: Living a Life Worth Passing On, Cross Seekers: Discipleship Covenant for a New Generation and Unlimiting God: Increasing Your Capacity to Experience the Divine. He has been married to Lisa since 1983, and they have three children: Mike, Daniel, and Carrie.
0 minutes | Feb 28, 2012
02.28.2012 - Kevin Shrum
Kevin Shrum has been in ministry 29 years, the last 15 at Inglewood Baptist. He is a graduate of Missouri Baptist College and obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. In denominational service, Shrum has been president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (2002) and is currently a trustee for Union University and interim chairman of the trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the co-author of a newly released book, The Fear Killer, and has written numerous opinion pieces and journal articles. He is presently working on his second book. In his spare time, Shrum has been involved in coaching football. He is a preacher/theologian who happens to be a recovering athlete. He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Sarah, Caleb, and Isaac.
32 minutes | Nov 16, 2011
11.16.2011 - Robert Matz
Robert Matz teaches Christian Doctrine and Preaching in the College at Midwestern Seminary. He received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics with a cognate in Practical Theology at Liberty University. Matz has pastored churches in Texas and Virginia as well as served on two church staffs in Tennessee. He has contributed sermons to Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Source Book 2012 edition. He is married to Jessica, who serves as an adjunct professor for Liberty University’s Counseling Program. They have two children, Andrew and Katie Beth.
34 minutes | Nov 8, 2011
11.08.2011 - Gregory Ealey
Gregory Ealey has been pastor of Paseo Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for two years. He is honored to serve as the ninth pastor there. Above all, he desires to be known as a servant of God who lives to bring Him glory. He is also a native of Austin, Texas. In previous ministry work, Ealey served as an account analyst with The Urban Alternative, a ministry of Dr. Tony Evans. He was also a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, where Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr. served as senior pastor. Ealey was the pastor of administration at St. John, overseeing the financial and facility aspects of the ministry for almost four years. He later assisted Pastor Armstrong with a new church, The House of Hope, in Cedar Hill, Texas. Ealey was also trained in teaching the “Walk Thru the Old Testament” and the “Walk Thru the New Testament” seminars. He served as an area team leader chaplain for Marketplace Chaplains, USA, which provides chaplain service for corporate America. Ealey attended Texas State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in accounting. He also earned a Master of Theology degree with a focus on pastoral leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Selena, have been married for nine years, and they have two children, Elias and Emmanuel.
0 minutes | Nov 2, 2011
11.02.2011 - Lou Fortier
Lou Fortier came to know Christ personally more than three decades ago, and says his life has never been the same. He is motivated by a love for God and compassion for people. The idea that, “Nothing is impossible with God” is a driving factor for helping people really find Jesus and grow strong in faith. Teaching the Bible with clarity, enthusiasm, and creativity is his passion. In his natural habitat you might find him playing with his family, exploring the great outdoors, skiing, checking out a movie, cooking, reading, working out, connecting with missionaries all over the world, cultivating one of Johnson County’s smallest gardens, teaching Greek/biblical studies, or even soaking up the sun on the beach! He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and New Testament Greek from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southwestern Seminary. His dissertation title is “Congregational Worship Renewal in the Light of Spiritual Gifts.” Fortier and his wife Michele married in 1985, and they have three children: Brennan, Karis, and Jonathan.
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