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About Obbie


Obbie is pastor of Third Baptist Church of Marion, Illinois. He serves as adjunct professor of theology at Luther Rice College & Seminary and adjunct professor of church history at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Obbie holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky, an M.Div. and a Th.M. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading American religious history, running outside, and hiking in Southern Illinois with his wife Kelly and their twins, Roman and Ruby. Obbie is a native of Kentucky and a lover of the Bluegrass State. He has been published in a dozen academic journals and written four books, including Southern Edwardseans: The Southern Baptist Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (V&R, 2022) and Let Men Be Free: Baptist Politics in the Early United States, 1776–1835 (Pickwick, 2022). Obbie's latest book, The Beechers: America's Most Influential Family, will publish in November with LSU Press. You can contact Obbie at and follow Obbie on Twitter at @obbietyler!

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