William P. (Pat) Ford, Ed.D.
LifeWay Christian Resources
2016 Pecan Valley Drive
Leander, Texas 78641
AREAS OF FOCUS
Christian Education and Church Administration/Leadership
Through my personal spiritual journey and ministry experiences I have sensed a continued calling to a ministry of Christian education and church administration/leadership focused upon the mission of making multiplying disciples of Christ. I have based my ministries upon the priorities of evangelism, Bible teaching, and discipleship as found in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. They have also been based on Ephesians 4:11-13 as I have sought to call out and equip God’s people for works of service and ministry which would result in personal and church growth. I am currently utilizing my life and ministry experiences, my spiritual gifts of administration/leadership, my calling as an equipper of others for ministry, and my education and ministry training, to encourage and assist ministry leaders toward more effectively impacting their worlds for Christ through Church Partnerships of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Ed.D. Degree, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, December 1989 (Church and Education Administration), Dissertation: “A Study of the Leadership Behavior of Ministers of Education in Selected Southern Baptist Churches”
Higher Education Studies, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas, Summer-Fall 1984 (Courses in Academic Administration, Student Personnel Services, and Writing for Publication)
M.Div. Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, Spring-Fall 1981 (Additional Theology Studies)
M.R.E. Degree, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, December 1980 (Broad-field Religious Education Studies with all elective hours taken in Theology Studies)
B.S. Degree, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, May 1978 (Biology)
General Studies, Paris Junior College, Paris, Texas, Fall 1973-Spring 1974
Diploma, Paris High School, Paris, Texas, May 1973
Church Partnerships, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2007 to present
Minister of Discipleship and Adult Ministries - North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix, Arizona, September 1999 to July 2007
Minister of Education/Administration - First Baptist Church, Midland, Texas, April 1997 to August 1999
Minister of Education - Rehoboth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1996 to March 1997
Minister of Education and Outreach - First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina, June 1988 to April 1996
Minister of Education/Administration and Senior Adults - First Baptist Church, Floydada, Texas, June 1985 to June 1988
Minister of Education - First Baptist Church, Mexia, Texas, August 1983 to June l984
Minister to Youth, Singles, and Recreation - First Baptist Church, Saginaw, Texas, December 1980 to August 1983
Minister to Youth - First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas, May 1979 to December 1980
Youth Associate - First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas, May 1978 to May 1979
Mission Pastor - Immanuel Baptist Chapel, Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 1977 to August 1977
Youth Associate - First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas, May 1976 to August 1976
Minister to Youth - First Baptist Church, Trenton, Michigan, June 1975 to August 1975
Youth Associate - First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas, August 1974 to June 1975
Minister to Youth - First Baptist Church, Trenton, Michigan, June 1974 to August 1974
Youth Associate - First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas, June 1973 to June 1974
Field Mentor, Master of Ministry Leadership Program, Rockbridge Seminary, Springfield, Missouri, 2016
Field Mentor, Doctor of Ministry Program, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009-2012
Project Committee, Doctor of Ministry Program, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary-Arizona Campus, Mill Valley, California 2006-2010
Adjunct Professor, Religious Education Division, Wayland Baptist University-Phoenix Campus, Plainview, Texas, 2005-2007
Adjunct Professor, J. Niles Puckett College of Christian Studies, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, 2003-2005
Field Supervisor, Doctor of Ministry Program, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1992-1993
Field Supervisor, School of Religious Education, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1991-1992
Graduate Assistant, School of Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1981-1984
“A Study of the Leadership Behavior of Ministers of Education in Selected Southern Baptist Churches.” Ed.D. dissertation, Fort Worth, TX.: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1989.
“Administrative Leadership Models for Higher Education.” Higher Education Administration: Selected Resources for Management and Leadership, pp. 53-60. Edited by John P. Eddy, William A. Miller, Bill E. Martin, and David C. Stilson. Minneapolis: Burgess Publishing Co./Alpha Editions, 1985.
Contributor, “Why Use Dated Sunday School Curriculum?” The Sunday School Leader, May 1999, p. 8.
General Sunday School Leader Planning Suggestions. The Sunday School Leader, July 1999, pp. 43-44.
General Sunday School Leader Planning Suggestions. The Sunday School Leader, August 1999, pp. 43-44.
“Get Your Department/Class Records Ready for 1992-93.” The Sunday School Leader: Larger Church Edition, August 1992, p. 10.
“How Do I Encourage My Leaders and Members to Enroll People Anywhere Anytime?” How to Sunday School Manual, LifeWay Press, 2009, pp. 29-30.
Co-author, “Magazines as a Ministry & Evangelism Tool in Your Church.” online at LifeWay.com, April 2010.
“Recipe for Success Must Include Nine Basics.” The Sunday School Leader: Larger Church Edition, May 1993, p. 7.
Research Team, Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer, Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2010.
Review of Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry, by Charles Tidwell. Search, Spring 1986, pp. 57-58.
Review of Managing Organizational Performance, by Michael Nash. The Clergy Journal, March 1985.
Teaching Plans for General Officers. Missionary Sunday School by David Francis. LifeWay Press, 2011.
“The Modernizing of Education-American Education in the Twentieth Century.” Our Educational Heritage, pp. 257-285. Edited by Charles Ashby. Ft. Worth, TX.: By the author, P. O. Box 22386. 1985.
“Training Sunday School Workers in Evangelism.” Sunday School Leadership, November 1987, p. 11.
Born: August 27, 1955 in Paris, Texas
Born Again: April 12, 1961 during a revival meeting at First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas
Licensed to the Gospel Ministry: August 16, 1978 by First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry: February 1, 1981 by First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas
Family Information: Married Jeanie Shipp on December 18, 1982; B.S. Degree (Home Economics-Family Relations), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, May 1979; Attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1981- 1983; Children: Amber Elizabeth born December 29, 1983 and Cassidy Rene born May 19, 1987
Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Baseball, Tennis, Tropical Fish, Photography, and vintage Volkswagens
(Revised April 2018)