Dr. Shipp is an artist, professor, journalist, editor, poet, and songwriter. He holds four degrees, has studied six languages, and has written more than fifty books. He has twice participated in the archeological dig of the fortress at Tamar, Israel, and has conducted extensive research on the Middle East. He is presently a professor at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He and his wife have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.