Dr. Tom Seals
Tom served in the USMC from 1957-1960, with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, followed by several years with the U.S. Government in Europe. He is a former 28-year Professor of undergraduate Bible courses as well as Biblical ethics and textual studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and has served as Chaplain to campus Veterans. He received his BA in Biblical languages from Lipscomb in 1971, his M.T.S. degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1976, and his D. Min. degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, in 1999. In addition, Tom has completed post-doctoral work in Pentateuchal Studies and in Religion, Politics and Social Issues from Vanderbilt University. He has published Proverbs. Wisdom for All Ages, Sermon on the Mount for Modern Living, The Quest for Spiritual Maturity, and God’s Word for Warriors. He has served as pulpit minister in Virginia, Tennessee, and Colorado. Tom is actively involved with the lnstituto Biblica lnteramericano in Lima, Peru, serving as International President.
Tom and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Amy, Tom Jr. (deceased), and Melanie, along with three grandchildren.
V.P./Director of Development
Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1989 as an enlisted Long-Range Surveillance Scout. He returned to college to complete his Bachelor's degree and received a commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1992 where he served as a Mission Support Officer until his retirement in 2011. Jim holds master's degrees in Aeronautical Science and Military Science. He has served in higher education as a Veterans Program Director for Lipscomb University and Maryville College, and as a University Associate Dean, Human Resource Director and Senior Vice President in global manufacturing. He is an author and speaker. Jim and his wife, Desiree' live in Maryville, TN surrounded by their three daughters and five grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Dr. Fred Kimbrell
Dr. Kimbrell is a retired general surgeon originally from Natchez, MS. His undergraduate education was at the University of Mississippi where he played on the Ole Miss 1962 National Championship football team. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1967, completed his internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and his General Surgery residency at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth. VA. His military service included assignments as a General Medical Officer with the 3rd Marine Division in Viet Nam 1968-1969, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, FL 1969-1970, and Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 1970-1975. After leaving military service, he was in private practice in Kingsport, TN, Hermitage, TN, and various locum tenens locations 1975-2010.
Chris Adams is an Investment Advisor with Pinnacle Asset Management and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in Nashville. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Lipscomb University in 1999 and later his Master of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008. His ongoing interest in his Masters’ thesis topic “Bringing God to Men and Men to God: The US Army Chaplaincy in World War II” is a driving force behind his interest in being a board member for God’s Word For Warriors and his desire to help veterans.
He is active in missionary work as Chairman and Secretary of the Inter-American Bible Institute in Lima, Peru and is a board member of the Christian Urban Development Association in Arequipa, Peru. Chris is married with two daughters. They are active members of Well House Church in Goodlettsville, TN.
Sid grew up on a cotton and dairy farm in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Sid graduated from Murfreesboro Central in 1959 and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1964. He served in the United States Army from 1964-1967 with a tour in Viet Nam in 1966.
Upon discharge, Sid went to work for Georgia Highway Department in Atlanta in Bridge Design. After 2 1/2 years, he moved back to Tennessee and went to work for the Corps of Engineers Nashville District
In January 1971, Sid began working with Parrish Ragan Engineers/Surveyors, which subsequently changed to Ragan-Smith Associates and retired from that company in 2010
Sid was a member at the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ for 29 years and served as Elder for 10 years. For the past 19 years, Sid has been serving as an elder at the Hillsboro Church of Christ.
Singer/songwriter Butch Baker made his singing debut in his father’s church when he was only 19 months old. He was born in Sweetwater, TN, and spent much of his childhood singing, influenced by Ray Charles Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Don Gibson and Red Foley, as well as gospel music. Following his graduation from Tennessee Military Institute at age 16, he became a drama major at the University of Tennessee. Butch spent his military time with the USMC, training at the Quantico, VA Officer Candidate School. He eventually decided to pursue a music career, moving to Nashville in 1979.
Butch recorded demos for such premiere songwriters as Jerry Foster and Bill Rice. He become a staff writer for Acuff-Rose, and a protégé of Wesley Rose. He signed to Mercury in 1984 and made his single debut with “Torture.” His subsequent singles “Burn Georgia Burn” and “Thinking About Leaving” (both 1984) were minor hits, as were 1986’s “That’s What Her Memory Is For” and “Your Loving Side.” He scored three more minor hits by 1988. Baker made a guest appearance along with several other up-and-coming singers on Hank Williams, Jr.’s song “Young Country,” which appeared on his Born to Boogie album. Baker continued recording, but didn’t make it to the Top 40 until 1990 when he and Daniele Alexander duet on her song “It Wasn’t You, It Wasn’t Me.” That year, he released his Harold Shedd produced debut album “We Will.” Butch continued writing songs and appearing regularly on TNN’s Morning Video show.
Dr. Erica Spence
Erica Spence holds a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Orlando Florida. A Master of Arts Degree in Health Services Management from Webster University, a BSN Degree in Nursing from Ursuline College and other various certifications.
She has served as Nurse Administrator and Director, Supervisor, Manager and Educator/Facilitator which began in the United States Navy. Erica is a Navy Nurse Veteran of 20 years and has over 40 years in the Healthcare industry.
Erica is the former CEO of Recon to Restoration, which she founded to help provide spiritual support/education and training to our Military Veterans/Families recovering from PTSD/TBI. Recon to Restoration merged with God's Word For Warriors in January 2021.
Erica has authored 4 books, and conducted numerous speaking/teaching engagements within the United States and foreign countries including India, Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala.
Larry spent thirty-two years in the Army National Guard as a part-time and active-duty officer. In 1991, he commanded one of the first provisional units sent to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. He retired from military service in 1999.
Larry McKnight is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a major in Training and Supervision. In 2005, Larry was awarded Columbia State Community College’s Alumnus of the year.
Following his military career, Larry worked for the City of Lewisburg as the Director of Economic Development for six years. Then in 2006, he was appointed Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Tennessee where he worked until his retirement in 2015.
Larry has served as a city councilman, mayor pro-tempore and Marshall County Commissioner for the 9th County District. He is a former President of Lewisburg Rotary, sits on the Marshall Medical Center Board and presently serves on the Governor’s Council on Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families.
Larry and Dianne have two sons and three wonderful grandkids.
Colonel (Ret) Larry McKnight
Dick holds a bachelor's and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. His area of technical expertise is in the field of nondestructive testing where he holds several patents in the area of eddy current testing and microfocus x-ray imaging. Dick has been instrumental in the design and construction of more than one hundred real-time X-ray imaging systems that have been installed in the U.S. and abroad.
Dick has a long-standing interest in Christian education and has participated in several engineering mission trips in Honduras and Guatemala and has been a strong supporter of the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Dick and Mary Ann’s strong belief in Lipscomb’s engineering missions effort prompted them to endow the Richard S. and Mary Ann Brown Peugeot Center for Engineering Service to Developing Communities.
Major General Carl G. Schneider was born in Ralls, Texas. He served a thirty-two year career in the U.S. Air Force, begining in 1946 as a newly enlisted AAF private. He rose through the ranks to become a two star general, an accomplishment very few in American history have achieved.
As a fighter pilot, he served in Germany, Okinawa, Japan, Korea (100 combat missions), Vietnam (VNAF combat missions), and stateside. Command Pilot, Major General, Retired, 32 years of service. Flew 5000 hours in jet fighters, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 6 Air Medals,
He helped to establish the Phoenix Children’s Hospital; a Founding Board Member of the Joe Foss Institute with mission to educate children about the U.S.Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He has helped many veterans find jobs and their purpose after service. Active member, Military Officers Association of America, Quiet Birdmen, Daedalians, and Arizona Aviation Historical Society. Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, 2009 Inductee. ASU College of Business Hall of Fame, 1977 Inductee. B.S., ASU 1964 and M.S. George Washington University.