Dr. James D. Dempsey hails from a small farming community in west Texas and credits his success to great parents and the values learned among those hard-working, friendly, but fiercely independent folk. He graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a BA in Psychology, and holds both a Masters and PhD in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He served two years as the director of the childcare center at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, and has also taught classes at both UT Austin and the University of North Texas in Denton. He has taught in early childhood programs in Lubbock, Austin, and Keller, Texas.
n 1985, Dr. Dempsey joined Grounds For Play, Inc., a small company focused on helping childcare centers develop outdoor play and learning environments. From 1985 to 2007, GFP grew under his management from 2 employees to over 100 employees and contractors with over $15 million in annual sales. As an expert in children's play and play environment safety, he has led more than 150 training seminars at various universities, churches, and childcare conferences through the years. He continues to train church and childcare staffs around the state of Texas.
Beginning in 2008, Jim joined First Baptist Church of Keller (TX) as Children’s Minister. Jim was ordained in ministry in 2012, and recently joined the staff of Anderson Mill Baptist Church (Austin) as Associate Pastor to Families. He enjoys writing curricula for churches and maintains a blog for both parents and church staff on his website, www.D6Culture.com. He provides parenting advice and a monthly newsletter to the parents of Young Leaders Campus Network in the Houston area.
He is a frequent speaker for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention on children's and family ministry. He is a certified trainer for the National Center for Biblical Parenting, and one of only 5 certified consultants for this organization. After publishing articles in educational journals and contributing to education textbooks, he wrote his first book on parenting titled Parenting Unchained-Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents. He admits that his degree and his experience teaching young children led him to be a bit cocky about his parenting, and that arrogance led to more than a few mistakes as a parent. Jim uses these lessons plus intensive Bible study to reveal the ways Satan deceives Christian parents, and the Biblical truths that set parents free from those deceptions. In spite of Jim's parenting foibles, he and wife Gail have three lovely and well-adjusted daughters and three grandchildren.
Jim and Gail are avid movie watchers, Mexican food aficionados, and doting grandparents. Contact Jim at email@example.com.