Layton Talbert

Personal Introduction

I grew up Catholic and was saved at the age of 15 through the influence of a small Bible church in Charleston, SC. I acquired my B.A. in Bible (Greek Minor) from BJU (1982), as well as my M.A. in Theology (1985) and Ph.D. in Theology from BJU Seminary & Graduate School of Religion (1993). I taught for 3 years as an adjunct professor at Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, WI (1998-2001), and have taught at BJU Seminary & Graduate School since 2001. I’ve been married to Esther since 1982 and have five awesome kids (plus one equally awesome daughter-in-law).

Personal Notes

  • Grew up hunting and fishing in the Carolina lowcountry
  • Member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Greenville, SC) since 1979
  • Married at an outdoor wedding during a violent thunderstorm (1982)
  • Retired from UPS after 25 years part-time
  • Been to Israel twice (1981; 2011)
  • Performed in four Shakespeare plays (Winter’s TaleTempestTaming of the ShrewRichard III) and one Thornton Wilder play (Our Town)
  • Some favorite movies: Henry V (1989); Temple Grandin; Little Dorrit (2008); Richard II(2013); Our Mutual Friend (2005); Our Town (2009); The Book Thief; Life is Beautiful; Interstellar; Lord of the Rings; Bonhoeffer, Agent of Grace (Series: Foyle’s War; Yes, Minister; Yes, Prime Minister; Poirot)
  • Taught and preached in churches from Corinth, ME to Seattle, WA as well as in Canada and New Zealand.


  • Reading (theology, history, Israel, fiction, nature, humor)
  • Outdoor activities (including birding, deering, and farming … well, vegetable gardening)
  • Daytripping with the family (Blue Ridge Parkway, small NC towns)
  • Southern BBQ
  • Movies (Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolkien, good animated movies, etc.)
  • Classical music and movie soundtracks
  • Being with my wife and kids