Dr. Gary Furr trained for university teaching, but his calling led him to the pastorate, where he lives out a teaching vocation. He received his B.A. from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee in religion, the M. Div. from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in 1979 and went on to Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in religion. He taught as an adjunct professor at Samford University for thirteen years, teaching Bible courses in the undergraduate school, Metro College, and at and Beeson Divinity School, where he taught both Masters level and Doctor of Ministry courses. He has also served as a D. Min. internship instructor for both Beeson and Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He has contributed to or edited fifteen books, and co-authored The Dialogue of Worship with Milburn Price, as well as more than fifty articles, book reviews and other publications.