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Q&A with Tom Hicks
Evan: Tell us about yourself?
Tom: I’ve been married to Joy for 20 years, and we have four children: Sophie, Karlie, Rebekah and David. I serve as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Clinton, Louisiana. I received my MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a major in Church History, emphasis on Baptists, and with a minor in Systematic Theology. My dissertation was titled, The Doctrine of Justification in the Theologies of Richard Baxter and Benjamin Keach. I also serve on the board of directors for Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary and serve as adjunct professor for CBTS, IRBS, and NOBTS.
Evan: What do you enjoy about your local church?
Tom: I enjoy the communion of saints at my church. Though I’m the Senior Pastor, my church ministers to me and my family every bit as much as I minister to them, and it’s a great honor of my life to be a member of my church and to be their pastor. We have a strong community at First Baptist, united in sound doctrine, in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, in sincere love and care for one another, in love and service to one another, and in the church’s mission to worship Christ as He commands, to make disciples, and to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe and tongue.
Evan: What will you be speaking on at the Building Healthy Churches conference?
Tom: I have the joy and honor of speaking on how the Bible’s great doctrines of grace are at the foundation of the church’s mission to make disciples from all nations.
Evan: Is theology important as we talk about missions?
Tom: Missions is inseparable from theology. The church’s mission flows from the very being of God, is clearly revealed in Sacred Scripture, and seeks His glory. God’s sovereign saving grace in the salvation of sinners, through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, is both the fuel and certain hope of the church’s mission to preach Christ to the nations and to establish biblical churches.
Evan: Why are you excited for this conference?
Tom: I am excited because this conference seeks to emphasize the God-centered nature of missions. It recognizes that missions is not merely the proper and disciplined application of a practical method, but that it is deeply theological, that it both originates from and terminates in the worship of our Triune God.
Thank you Tom for the Q&A! We are looking forward to seeing you at the Building Healthy Churches Conference! (Registration is on the website). If you are on twitter, I would encourage you to follow Tom. He is one of the reasons I stay on that platform.