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Profiles in Goodwill: David L. Wheeler

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David L. Wheeler is adjunct professor of theology at Palmer Seminary in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

He served previously as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon, and as professor of theology and ethics at Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

He appeared in the EthicsDaily.com documentary, “Sacred Texts, Social Duty.”

  • Where did you grow up?

Louisville, Kentucky.

  • What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

God’s personal visitation of creation to heal and transform it is the very heart of the Christian hope.

  • What is your favorite movie? Why?

“What About Bob?”

Expectations turned upside down: The genius of insanity confronts the pomposity of expertise.

  • Who are three people you admire?

John Penick, my first pastoral mentor in Leitchfield, Kentucky; Lola Garcia, mother of the church at Iglesia Bautista Portola in San Francisco; John B. Cobb Jr., theologian.

  • What is one little-known fact about yourself?

At Georgetown College, I wrote a satire column, “Bill Mingus Sez,” for the college newspaper. The identity of “Bill Mingus” was not discovered ´til the very end.