Hello – my name is Wayne Fair – and here are some random facts about me:
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1955 (yes, the obligatory “Roll Tide!”)
I am a “son of a preacher man” – my dad was a Baptist pastor for most of my young life.
I have been married to my wonderfully patient and loving wife (Pat) for 45+ years.
We have 12 amazing grand kids (and another on the way)!
I (as we Baptists put it) “felt the call” to ministry when I was 16 years old.
I graduated from the University of Alabama (of course!) – with a major in Religious Studies and a minor (almost double major if it had not been for “symbolic logic”!) in Philosophy.
In my early college years I migrated (theologically) to becoming convinced of the “Reformed” or Calvinist perspective (I couldn’t help it – it was predestined!)
Not long after graduation we moved to Jackson Mississippi where I attended Reformed Theological Seminary and attained (after 3 years) my Masters of Divinity.
From there we moved back to “Sweet home Alabama” – and I pastored a PCA church for nearly 10 years (in the heart of the deep south).
Toward the end of that time we were strongly directed to be engaged in what was then called a “Racial Reconciliation” ministry – and found ourselves (our family of 6) living in a government housing project – with special focus on ministry to the children who lived there…
Somewhere in the mix I got interested in computer programming – and created a program to assist “preachers” in the development of single-thesis oriented sermons. This became “PC Sermon” which I marketed and (pretty much) utterly failed.
Then life really changed and we found ourselves back in “T-town” (as we call it – short for Tuscaloosa). Through an obvious act of divine providence – I got my first job as a computer programmer at a mid-size company (Randall Publishing Company)…
And “the rest is history” – for the last 22+ years I have been working as a programmer – sometimes bi-vocationally pastoring small “store front” churches…
I am going to leave this as is for now – but I will come back later and add more details on my theological growth (e.g. how I came to reject Calvinism – and embrace “Universal Reconciliation”, etc.) –
I will (oddly?) mention here that I am an “erstwhile” artist – (see some of my painting here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/wayne-fair)
Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do for you!