Dr. Rick Jordan has been teaching the Bible for over 30 years as a layperson, a youth minister, a minister of education, a pastor, and a denominational leader. Through his writings and as a conference leader, he has trained hundreds of persons on how to teach the Bible better. His goal is to help good teachers become great teachers.
Rick has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from King College (now University – Bristol, TN), the Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO), and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA).
Rick and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1982. They have two grown sons. In his spare time, Rick enjoys reading, writing, singing and writing songs, gardening, hiking, and travel.
Rick wrote a series of Advent lesson plans for Smyth & Helwys Publishers that were then turned into a separate book, A Holy and Surprising Birth.
For one year, Rick served as a Chaplain Resident at Spartanburg (SC) General Hospital. During that year, he specialized in the pastoral care concerns of the neonatal units. There, he established a pregnancy loss support group. He wrote about one experience with a bereaved family that was included in the 2015 book, Though the Darkness Gather Round: Devotions about Infertility, Miscarriage, and Infant Loss.
His most recent work is titled The Alphabet of Errors: How to Teach the Bible Better. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Rick Jordan has learned what works – and what does not – in leading a Bible study. Using the alphabet, Dr. Jordan itemizes 26 errors common to Bible study teachers – such as the first three chapters on Assumptions, Bullies, and Calling on the Introvert. With humor, humility, and wisdom, the book promises to help the beginning teacher get off to a good start and to help the good teacher become a great teacher.