the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Thom S. Rainer

Distinguished Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth (2006)

Dr. Rainer was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School, a capacity in which he served from 1994 until 2005 when he was elected as President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to Southern, he served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, and Indiana. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past twenty years, Dr. Rainer led The Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Dr. Rainer is the author or co-author of twenty-two books, including Breakout ChurchesSimple LifeSimple ChurchRaising Dad, The Millennials, Essential Church, and his latest book, I Am a Church Member.


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B.S., University of Alabama; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.