Author, 'Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters
John R. Coats, author of Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters. I hold master's degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bennington College Writing Seminars. A former Episcopal priest, I was a principal speaker and seminar leader for the More To Life training program in the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa, and an independent management consultant. I'm married and live in Houston.
My heritage is Southern Baptist, but it was in a Roman Catholic church that, in the fall of 1958, a few months after my twelfth birthday, I had what was either an "ecstatic" experience or "probably an allergic reaction to the incense." It was a split second in my six and a half decades, yet the man I've become, and all that I've done in my professional life--parish priest, speaker and trainer for an international foundation, management consultant, writer--can be traced back to that moment. These fifty-plus years later, I still don't understand what happened, but what followed from it has been quite a ride so far.