Dr. Phil Newton received his undergraduate education at The University of Mobile, his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a pastor, professor, and author. After pastoring three churches, Dr. Newton founded South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has pastored since 1987. In the past he served as an adjunct professor at Crichton College in Memphis and the Institut Theologique de Nimes in France. He has also served as a member of the State Board of Missions with the Alabama Baptist Convention, and enjoys leading foreign mission trips annually. He and his wife, Karen, were married in 1975, and have five children and four grandchildren. They enjoy discussing biblical issues, reading, walking, traveling, and taking care of their children, three of which are grown and two remain at home. Dr. Newton also enjoys writing and is the author of THE WAY OF FAITH, and ELDERS IN CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, and articles which have been published in several journals.