Author Mark Nickens is a native of North Carolina and currently lives in the rural town (no stoplights!) of Sandy Ridge, NC, just north of Winston-Salem. He is married to Teresa, who is a high school art teacher, and has one daughter, LindsayAnn, who is a Master of Theology student at Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduated from Wingate University in Wingate, NC, in 1989 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. He attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1994 and was conferred a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Church History in 1999. Since 1994, Mark has taught at 20 seminaries, universities, Bible colleges, and Bible institutes in the USA as well as Belize, India, Kenya, and Nigeria. Mark has made presentations at academic meetings as well as written articles for academic journals, a national denominational magazine, and for several encyclopedias. He is currently under contract with Wipf & Stock for a book on the Apostle Peter (publication date: 2018). Mark’s future publication plans involve writing short Church History books for sale as ebooks and paperback books and continuing to expand this website.