Prior to founding The Aréopagus in 2003, I taught history, philosophy and religion for eighteen years at Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and Reformed Theological Seminary.
I attended Jacksonville State University on a baseball scholarship, and following my graduation in the early ’70s I worked for Capitol Records in Atlanta. It was during this time that I experienced a spiritual conversion, after which I left Capitol and worked for several years in the Christian book and music industry with Word, Inc. and Sparrow Records. In the early ’80s I co-founded and edited Crossroads: An Atlanta Christian Forum, a monthly publication that focused on religious issues and events in the Atlanta area. Crossroads was highly-acclaimed but struggled financially, so we eventually ceased publication and I enrolled in graduate school at Georgia State University to study history.
Following the completion of my doctoral studies I stayed on and taught at Georgia State and later at Kennesaw State University and Reformed Theological Seminary. Over the years I taught courses in Church History, Old Testament History, Ancient History, Philosophy & Religion, Medieval Europe, Modern Political Ideologies, American History, and the American Political System. I also developed an original course, “American History Off the Record: How Popular Music Echoes American History in the 20th Century.”
Over the years I felt led into more direct areas of ministry, and in the early 1990s I pastored the Marietta Community Church, a nondenominational church that started in a home and later met for worship at MUST Ministries, a local homeless shelter. I left Georgia State in 1999, whereupon I began an itinerant teaching ministry in churches in the metro-Atlanta area, offering courses in Christian history and apologetics.
Among the many influences on my life and work over the years, foremost are the lives and testimonies of my parents, Edd and Lucille Breshears, and the Christian home they provided. Due to their prayers and the loving support of my wife, Dollie, I eventually committed my life to Christ. Other significant influences at the outset of my Christian life included the Jesus Movement of the early ’70s, the Berkeley Christian Coalition and Radix magazine, and the apologetical writings of Francis Schaeffer. Later, The New Oxford Review provided some welcomed spiritual and intellectual stimulation, Mother Earth News helped retain some connection to sixties’ idealism, and The Wittenburg Door provided many hours of sober reflection and comic relief. Among the books that impacted my life were Gene Edwards’ The Early Church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, William Estep’s The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, E.F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful, Ron Sider’s Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger, and The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck. In more recent years the contemplative Christian tradition and a regular practice of meditation have been my primary sources of inspiration.