I married Connie Cruze in 1988. Our daughter, Delyn was born in 1996; son John-Clarke Leland in 2001. I was raised in Jefferson City, TN by my parents, Dr. Bernard and Barbara Bull. My sisters Benita and Bethany are 9 and 18 years younger than me. We had about 13 foster children over the years I was growing up.
I hold a BA in psychology and concentration in creative writing from Carson-Newman College; a Master of Divinity majoring in pastoral counseling (1992) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a Ph.D. in Human Ecology majoring in child and family studies with a cognate in counseling from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
I also am an ordained Baptist minister and licensed marriage and family therapist. I have particular interests in family and media. I have a strange hobby of taking photographs of tombstones. (I actually use these pictures to teach students deductive and inductive skills to enhance counseling technique.)
My favorite movies are The Sound of Music, A Few Good Men, Princess Bride, A Christmas Story, and It's a Wonderful Life. My favorite authors are Patrick McManus, Pat Conroy, David McCullough, and Tony Campolo.