During my blog sabbatical last month, I enlisted the help of Aaron Earls to assist me in editing and proofing posts here at Kingdom People. Since he has come on board, I’ve been able to breathe a sigh of relief just knowing I’ve got some help in the day-to-day operations of providing content for the blog. Aaron is also helping me develop the series I promised a few months ago – Know Your Southern Baptists. I asked Aaron to provide some biographical information so we can welcome him properly to the Kingdom People team.
My name is Aaron Earls and I have been a follower of Christ since a substitute Sunday School teacher explained the Gospel to me at the age of 7. My wife Pam and I were married in 2001. God has blessed us with three children: Wesley, Jeremiah and Autumn Rose.
I grew up on a dead end road, but in a lively red brick Baptist church. Similar seemingly contrasting ideas have characterized my life.
While being raised on a farm surrounded by outdoorsmen in rural South Carolina, I developed a passion for reading, writing and staying indoors. Analytical and rational questions of the faith hounded me at an early age, but I sought creative responses and answers.
That desire naturally led me to a fascination with all things C.S. Lewis, to whom I was introduced by my bookish mother buying me The Chronicles of Narnia. The same man who evoked such emotion in his fiction could just as easily logically respond to a philosophical challenge. He taught me that a Christian can love God with their whole mind, including both the rational and creative sides. Well, I suppose he more reminded me of that, since Jesus had already made it abundantly clear.
My undergraduate degree is in journalism from North Greenville University, where I also worked in public relations for five years after graduating in 2001. During that time, I served as the volunteer student pastor at my home church. Then my family and I felt called to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I completed my M.Div. in apologetics last December.
Currently, I serve as a writer and online editor at LifeWay Christian Resources. My primary focus is FactsAndTrends.net and Facts & Trends, a free quarterly magazine designed to help leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church.
TheWardrobeDoor.com, my personal blog whose name obviously pays homage to Lewis, began in 2004 and currently serves as my main creative outlet. Since that time, I have also blogged for World Magazine, the sports blog of an ESPN writer and numerous other sites along the way. As a freelance writer, I’ve worked with various Christian organizations, including Baptist Press. You can find me on Twitter @WardrobeDoor and at Facebook.com/WardrobeDoor.
I am excited about the opportunity to help Trevin here at Kingdom People and be involved with the passionate and thoughtful online community he has developed.