(a) Exposed to Campus Crusade while at The University of Texas and went to several training sessions. While working on my Ph.D. at Texas A&M, I started the Crusade moment there. Shared the gospel and discipled key students for leadership roles in Crusade. Upon leaving for my first academic assignment at Louisiana Tech University, we had about 150-200 students involved in Crusade with at least 10 going into missions and another 10 going to seminary.
(b) While at Louisiana Tech, I ministered to faculty, students, and student athletes in track and field and cross country. Again, some went into missions and some to seminary. Due to the legalistic environment in Ruston, LA, it was necessary to start a church to present believers complete in Christ. Along with two other men, I used my DTS background to preach, but pulpit shared with two elders so that I had time to equip other men for leadership.
(c) After two more years, God called me to a position in statistics at Virginia Tech University in Northen Virginia but outside Washington, D.C. Did statistical consulting in the government but continued to share the gospel with older students with some success. Became a teaching elder in Potomac Chapel with responsibilities for small groups and learning center for children. Wrote two articles for the Creation Research Society Quarterly.
(d) Took another position at The University of Tennessee in statistics, teaching all levels of statistics from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels. Developed statistical apologetics to communicate gospel ideas to students and faculty. Did consulting for three years in statistics with traveling throughout the U.S. Total time at the University of Tennessee was about 25 years at the Associate Professor rank.
(e) Upon retiring from academics to care for my wife, I began filling in for some pastors. A year and half spent at Faith Bible Fellowship in Oak Ridge, TN. Also preached at my home church in Maryville, TN, Life Streams Church. See publications and references for more information.
Sermons and pdf outlines (see at wlseaver.com)
MABS Dallas Theological Seminary – Thesis in Old Testament (Exodus and Numbers)
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station – Doctorate in Statistics
M.B.A. The University of Texas at Austin – Major: Quantitative methods
B.B.A. The University of Texas at Austin – Major: Statistics; Minor: Mathematics
Publications and Books
- About 40 academic articles
- Two Creation Research Society Quarterly articles: (a) A Statistical Analysis of the Genesis Lifespans, Vol 20, Sept. 1983, pp 80-87; (b) A Statistical Analysis of the Post-Flood Gap Possibility, Vol. 22, June 1985, pp39-47.
- A Mosaic of Faith: 11 Lessons Jesus Taught His Disciples (2012), Wing Spread Publishers, Camp Hill, PA, pp307.
- Fiery Faith (2012), Wing Spread Publishers, Camp Hill, PA, pp 291. Later published by Moody.
- Prayer: Communing with God in Everything (2016), Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL pp 220.
- In Tight Places just finished Oct. 15, 2023 to be published in coming year.
- Trends in Leadership in OT and NT (to be published soon)
- Three books in the series, Purring in God’s Ears, from my rescues of cats and foxes.
- Jim Taylor, Professor in Biology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. Also former missionary in Malawi, Africa. email@example.com.
- Bill Walls, teaching elder at Faith Bible Fellowship in Oak Ridge, TN. Wallswj9@gmail.com.
- Kevin Kurtz at Dallas Theological Seminary, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bruce Allsop md, Medical missionary in Guatemala and Tijuana, Mexico. email@example.com.
- Gary Hutchison, pastor at Grace Community Church, Arlington, TX. Hutch3032@gmail.com.
- Greg Howard, pastor at my home church, Life Streams Church in Maryville, TN. Greg.firstname.lastname@example.org.