Dr. Ernie Perkins



BRIEF INTRODUCTION                                                                  
  

Starting at the age of eleven, Ernie Perkins has sixty-three years in the ministry. He served nineteen years as the senion pastor of Southern Baptist churches, and twenty-nine years as a denominational leader. As an evangelist, he has preached almost  a thousaand revivals. As a humorist, he has entertained over 650 times. As an educator, he has four earned doctorates.  He teaches master and doctoral level classes. As a conference speaker he has preached on numerous evangelism, senior adult, and pastor conferences on the national, state and associational levels. He as served as president of the Ohio State Pastors Conference, the Arkansas State Pastors Conference, and the Oklahoma Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.  His wife, Wanda, ventriloquist and prayer warrior, travels with him when possible. 


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                                Dr. Ernie Perkins 
                                1112 Woodford Ct. 
                                Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 
                                405.216.8808 home; 405.227.3334 cell 
                                ernieperkins@sbcglobal.net 
                                www. ernieperkins.org 
Personal data:
A native Missourian, Ernie Perkins was reared on a farm in Northeast Arkansas, where he accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of nine. In 1951, as an eleven-year-old boy, he accepted his call to the ministry and preached his first sermon. Preaching revivals, youth meetings, and pulpit supply, he averaged preaching every week prior to his first pastorate while still in high school. He met his future wife, Wanda, in the Baptist Student Union at Arkansas State University. Following graduation, they were married in September 1961. After seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, he accepted the pastorate of a church in Columbus, Ohio. He served ten years in Ohio before becoming the Associational Director of Missions in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. In 1981, he accepted the invitation of Capital Baptist Association in Oklahoma City to become its Executive Director where he served for twenty-three years resigning in October, 2004 to enter vocational evangelism. He has been the president of the Ohio and the Arkansas State Pastors’ Conferences as well as serving his denomination on various committees and boards at every level. He is in demand as an evangelist, conference leader, and stand up comedian. He is regularly invited to preach on the programs of associations, states, and national evangelism conferences, lead educational and senior adult conferences, and entertain for church and secular events. He is guest and/or adjunct professor for various colleges and seminaries including Oklahoma Baptist University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Clear Creek Baptist College, Luther Rice Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Seminary. In addition he was professor of New Testament and church development for American Christian Seminary in Oklahoma City for three years. He is an avid writer  with published articles in many national Baptist publications and secular psychological journals. In addition, he has written several books. A believer in life-long learning, he holds four earned doctorates and three masters degrees. His and Wanda's family include their two sons, Timothy and Micah and his wife, Trinity; and their grandson, Tommy, and granddaughter, Jenna.

Experience
Student pastor during high school, college and seminary, 1956-1965:
Various churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas.
Full Time Pastor, 1965-1975:
Woodland Heights, Columbus; Maple Heights, Fairborn; First Baptist, Miamisburg, Ohio.
Director of Missions, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, 1975-1981
Executive Director, Capital Association, Oklahoma City, 1981 - 2004.
Evangelist, Educator, Counselor, Humorist, Conference Speaker, Author, 2004 -- Present

 Education
Arkansas State University: Bachelor of Arts, 1961
Southwestern Baptist Seminary: Bachelor of Divinity, 1965; Master of Divinity, 1982
Luther Rice Seminary Master of Theology, 1967; Doctor of Theology, 1969
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: Doctor of Ministry, 1994
Oklahoma State University: Doctor of Education, 2001
University of Oklahoma: Master of Human Relations, 2006
Trinity Seminary: Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Counseling, 2011. 
Albert Ellis Institute: Primary Training Course in Rational Emotive Behavior Theory and Techniques, March, 2002
The William Glasser Institute: Basic Intensive Week in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, and Lead-Management, July, 2002; Practicum, late summer and fall, 2002
The William Glasser Institute: Advance Intensive Week in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, and Lead-Management, February, 2003; Practicum, winter and spring, 2003
The William Glasser Institute: Certification Week in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, and Lead-Management, July, 2003; Kansas City.
The William Glasser Institute: Certification in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, Lead Management, and Quality Schools, July, 2003, Kansas City, Missouri.
The William Glasser Institute: Seminars and advanced study in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, Lead Management, and Quality Schools, Fall, 3009, Spring and Summer, 2010.
The William Glasser Institute: Endorsement Training in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, Lead Management, and Quality Schools, July, 2010, Nashville, Tennessee.
The William Glasser Institute: Endorsed Faculty Member, July, 2010, Nashville, Tennessee.

 Dissertations:
Perkins, Ernie. Out of Conviction: The History of Far Hills Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Luther Rice Theological Seminary, 1969.
Perkins, Ernie. Developing a Strategy for Future Ministries for the Capital Baptist Association. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. Wise Persons’ Personality Temperaments: Differences and Similarities Found in the Wise and Compared with the General Population. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Oklahoma State University, 2001,
Perkins, Ernie. God's Unused Warriors: A Study of the Emotional Trauma of Retirement for Southern Baptist Ministers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Trinity Theological Seminary, 2011.

Publications: articles, poems, and short stories
Perkins, Ernie. "I Have Heard It Said." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine, May 27, 1965.
Perkins, Ernie. "Where The Action Is." Ohio Baptist Messenger, July 14, 1966.
Perkins, Ernie. "Working Together to Witness." Baptist Bulletin Service, November 27, 1966.
Perkins, Ernie. "Pastor, the Lord Made Me Color-blind." Baptist Standard, November 30, 1966.
Perkins, Ernie. "Get Off the Bench." The Baptist Record, January 5, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "Remembering to Help." Ohio Baptist Messenger, March 22, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "How to Double Space without Cost." The Sunday School Builder. July, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "The High Price." Baptist Bulletin Service, August 27, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "Came from Nowhere?" Baptist Bulletin Service, September 24, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "Hurdling Administrative Problems with Church Administration." Church Administration, October, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "Is It True?" Baptist Bulletin Service, November 5, 1967.
Perkins, Ernie. "An Average Love." Builders, June 23, 1968.
Perkins, Ernie. "Ideas We’ve Tried." Church Administration, October, 1969.
Perkins, Ernie. "Gratitude for Help." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine, September 10, 1970.
Perkins, Ernie. "Why Not Plan to Schedule Your Next Revival?" Church Administration, November, 1970.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Ol’-Limp-Its." Church Recreation, April, May, June, 1972.
Perkins, Ernie. "It’s Hard Work, But It Can Be Done." Church Administration. October, 1972.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Joy of Parenthood." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine, April 25, 1976.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Anguish of Parenthood." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine. May 2, 1976.
Perkins, Ernie. "Parents as Teacher." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine. May 9, 1976.
Perkins, Ernie. "Providing a Secure Foundation." Arkansas Baptist Newsmagazine. May 16, 1976.
Perkins, Ernie. "To Will Not Is Not To Will." Baptist Bulletin Service, January 18, 1981.
Perkins, Ernie. "Anonymous Letters." Baptist Messenger. April 7, 1983.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Pastor." Baptist Messenger. August 18, 1983.
Perkins, Ernie. "Though I Spin . . . " Baptist Messenger. January 26, 1984.
Perkins, Ernie. "Deacons . . . by Tradition." Baptist Messenger. April 26, 1984.
Perkins, Ernie. "Freedom . . . Has Its Price." Baptist Messenger. September 19, 1985.
Perkins, Ernie. "What Makes . . . A Man’s Man." Baptist Messenger. January 2, 1986.
Perkins, Ernie. "Earthquakes and Volcanoes." Baptist Messenger. May 15, 1986.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Pastor." Proclaim. July, August, September, 1986.
Perkins, Ernie. "Dear God, Help Them Make It." Baptist Messenger. October 5, 1986.
Perkins, Ernie. "A Capital Vision." Southern Baptist Communicator, January-February, 1991.
Perkins, Ernie. "Sunday School Assembly Suggestions for May." The Sunday School Leader, Small Church Edition, April, May, June 1992.
Perkins, Ernie. "The Train." Alzheimer’s Association Newsletter, Panhandle Chapter, Amarillo, also, Alzheimer’s Association Newsletter, Northeast Texas Chapter, Tyler, and others, 1992-93.
Perkins, Ernie. "Light for Others." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "Blind Leaders." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "Stumbling Blocks." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "Good Examples." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "A Christian Wife." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "Godly Parents." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. "Teaching Children." Open Windows, April, May, June 1994.
Perkins, Ernie. Adult Curriculum for 1996 Season of Prayer for State Missions and Edna McMillan Offering, W.M.U. Department, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Perkins, Ernie. "Born to Die." Baptist Messenger. March 6, 1997.
Perkins, Ernie. "Dumb Things." Baptist Messenger. May 21, 1998.
Perkins, Ernie. "Where Are the People?" Baptist Messenger. March 11, 1999.
Perkins, Ernie. "Wisdom’s Personality Characteristic Preferences." APT Canada Newsletter. Oct. 2, 2001.
Perkins, Ernie. "Ministerial Suicide." International Journal of Reality Therapy. Spring, 2003. Dr. Perkins led a conference on this subject at the Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, Lead Management and Quality School International Conference in Kansas City, July 2003.
Perkins, Ernie. "It's the Principle of the Thing." International Journal of Reality Therapy. Spring, 2004.
Perkins, Ernie. "Keeping the Faith: A Good Deal." Daily Oklahoman. May 26, 2004.
Perkins, Ernie. "Keeping the Faith: God Finds Ways to Offer Something for Everyone." Daily Oklahoman. June 6, 2004.
Perkins, Ernie. "Spiritual Application for the MBTI." Type Times. Summer, 2005. The APT Canada Quarterly Newsletter. Association of Psychological Type.
Perkins, Ernie. "Letting the Fat Lady Sing." International Journal of Reality 'Therapy. Fall, 2005.
Perkins, Ernie. "Biblical Counseling in a Time of Biblical Illiteracy," BaptistVoice Online Magazine, April, 2007.
Perkins, Ernie. "An Idealist on a Ship Named Reality," (Church article)  BaptistVoice Online Magazine, May, 2007.
Perkins, Ernie. "Bipolar and the Black Door," International Journal of Reality Therapy, Fall, 2007.
Perkins, Ernie. "A Note to Young Music Ministers from a Senior Adult," BaptistVoice Online Magazine, June, 2007.
Perkins, Ernie. "Becoming Certified in Reality Therapy: A Good Investment," International Journal of Reality Therapy, April, 2010.
Perkins, Ernie. "An Idealist on a Ship Named Reality," International Journal of Reality Therapy, September, 2010. (Business article)
Perkins, Ernie and Bob Parish, "Depressing Depression," International Journal of Reality Therapy, Spring, 2011.
Perkins, Ernie. "A Lead Manager will be a Motivator," International Journal of Reality Therapy, Fall, 2011.
Perkins, Ernie. "Choice Theory and Blame versus Responsibility," International Journal of Reality Therapy, Spring, 2012.
Perkins, Ernie, "Lead Managing toward Growth," International Journal of Reality Therapy, Fall, 2012.
Perkins,Ernie, "Sleeplessness in RT/CT," International JHournal of Reality Therapy, Fall, 2013
In additions to these articles, Ernie Perkins has written over 1,200 weekly articles for his column of twenty-plus years that went into more than 20,000 homes. Many of his articles have been picked up and reprinted in other publications.
Publications: books
Perkins, E. (1971). Guidelines for the Pioneer Pastor. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1975). Hosea: A Note Book Commentary. Ft. Smith: Concord Baptist Association.
Perkins, E. (1977). Ephesians: A Note Book Commentary. Ft. Smith: Concord Baptist Association.
Perkins, E. (1979). Philippians: A Note Book Commentary. Ft. Smith: Concord Baptist Association.
Perkins, E. (1987). The Successful Witness. Columbus, GA: Brentwood Christian Press.
Perkins, E. (1994). *Life’s a Melody.* Oklahoma City: Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.
Perkins, E. (1997). The Spiritual Life Line. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1997). The Pathway to Wisdom. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1998). Traveling the Highway to Change. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1998). *A Car Named Lazarus.* Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1998). Race Horses and Plow Horses: A Study in Pastors’ Temperaments. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (1999). *The (Nearly Saintly) Adventures of Me and My Best-Friend-and-Almost-Cousin Dale.* Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (2003). The Overflow. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (2005. *The Trumpet Song's: Any Ol' P-f-f-f-f Will Do.* Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (2007). Ministerial Suicide. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Co.
Perkins, E. (2008). Behind the Black Door: What Happens to the Christian after Death.  Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Company.
Perkins, E. (2011). Developing a Marriage Model. Oklahoma City: Encounter Publishing Company.
* These books were collections of articles from his weekly column of more than twenty-five years.
 

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