Greetings. My name is Stan Helton and I have a rather eclectic background. I grew up in a small Oklahoma town and began my journey with Churches of Christ as a Vacation Bible School kid. After high school, my educational journey would take me to the Preston Road School of Preaching (later, Center for Christian Education and now defunct); here I was introduced to Koine Greek and studied the whole Bible in English. After this I attended Oklahoma Christian College where I continued my work in Greek and earned my BA (1988) in Bible. The following year I entered Abilene Christian University where I served as Carroll Osburn's graduate assistant, working under him on various textual critical projects. I completed an MS (1992) in Doctrinal and Historical Studies (Historical Theology) emphasizing Church History and American Christianity. Under Osburn I had started an MA in NT Greek but at the end of the course work but before the thesis, I switched to the MDiv degree which I finally completed in 1999. After 1992 I left ACU to enter full time ministry in various places like North Carolina, South Carolina, New Orleans and Chicago before entering full time teaching in 2003 at Western Christian College in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada). I completed my DMin in 2009. My project/thesis deals with teaching Christian spiritual formation to college-age students. I'm currently serving the Tammany Oaks Church of Christ in Mandeville, LA as their preaching minister Additionally, I continue to do text critical work each week at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as well as keeping an full schedule of coaching, leadership training, and conflict mediation.
These are some of the pieces of my story that inform my quest to be spiritually formed in the image of Jesus for the sake of the world.