Jim Spivey is a graduate of Auburn University (Alabama) where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. He also earned an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth TX) and a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (England). He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Prior to his appointment to Carroll Institute in November 2003, he was Associate Professor of Church History, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987-2003) and Dean of the seminary’s Houston campus (1994-2003).
Dr. Spivey served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church (Brackley, Northhamptonshire, England and as interim pastor of several Texas Baptist churches. From 1972-2003 he served in the United States Armed Forces, both on active duty (1972-77) and as a reservist in the United States, England, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Nicaragua. During 1997-2001, he was Assistant Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army (Brigadier General), conducting site visits with unit ministry teams throughout the United States and in Germany, Bosnia, Hungary, and Kosovo. In 2001, Chaplain Spivey was the Deputy Director of the Pentagon Family Assistance Center in Washington DC. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in April 2003. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, the Parachute Badge, and other service and campaign ribbons.
Dr. Spivey has held seminars in churches and conferences across the United States, taught courses in England, Romania, Russia, and Turkey. His has written numerous chapters for textbooks and articles for professional and denominational journals. Dr. Spivey is a member of the American Society of Church History and the Southern Baptist Historical Society. He is Vice President of The Military Chaplains Association and sits on the Chaplain Fund Board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston TX).
Dr. Spivey and his wife Beverly have one daughter, Jennifer.