Diane Sparkman Putman and I have been married since August 9, 1975. We have one son, Rhyne. Rhyne is the Assistant Professor of Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is married to Micah Elder Putman. They have one son, Ben, who is my favorite grandchild.
I came to WSBC in February of 2001. At that time the church was about to move into the new sanctuary. Since that time we have been blessed to watch the congregation grow and missions expand all around the world. God has truly added to His church and deepen it with His love.
I surrendered to the call of the ministry in April of 1973. Although I gave my life to Christ when I was 9 and I first sensed the call to ministry when I was 13, I had some troubled teenage years. God used some people who were really the salt of the earth to turn my life around. Since that time I have be privileged to serve 9 churches in 5 states as Senior Pastor. Before I came to WSBC, I served as the Minister of Biblical Guidance at Bellevue Baptist Church with Dr. Adrian Rogers.
After surrendering to the ministry, I went to Blue Mountain College and got my B.A. in Biblical Studies. My next step in my education was at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where I received a Master of Divinity with a major in counseling. I continued my pursuit in ministry by getting a Doctor of Education from Mississippi State University in Counselor Education.
My favorite fun books and movies are action/adventure. I am an avid golfer (not a good one).
My verses I dream to fulfill are: Psalm 40:9-10 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know. 10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.
Let me encourage you to follow after Jesus. The gospel is that in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ God did something for you that you could not do for yourself. You need Jesus. As a member of the kingdom of God, Jesus is to be reigning within your heart. In a positive response to Jesus, you will find an abundant life.
Please let me know if you have any questions about WSBC. If you are looking for a Bible believing and teaching church, WSBC may be the church for you. Feel free to contact me personally.