The predominant emphasis of Dr. Baker’s ministry has been the forthright presentation of the Bible as God's Word. Like Ezra of old, his life is built around the study, practice, and teaching of Scripture. In his teaching, he conveys the quality of steadfastness that emanates from one whose life is anchored in the authority of God's Word.
Bruce served in the US Navy for over 11 years as an Electronics Technician attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer before leaving the service to work as a TV engineer at a Christian television station. It was during this time he felt the call of God to enter the ministry full-time. He enrolled at Calvary Bible College graduating with a BS in Christian Ministries; he then continued on to Calvary Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master's of Divinity degree (Pastoral Studies) with Highest Honors. He continued his studies until he received a PhD (Systematic Theology cum laude) from Baptist Bible Seminary.
In addition to being the president of BecomingMature.org, Dr. Baker is also the pastor of Washington County Bible Church in Brenham, TX. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Grace School of Theology, located in Houston, TX. He has formerly held the positions of Senior Pastor of Jenison Bible Church in Hudsonville, MI, Senior Pastor of Open Door Bible Church in Belton, MO, and Adjunct Professor of Bible and Theology at Calvary Bible College. It was during his tenure in Missouri that his passion for teaching Bible and Theology to pastors who had no access to any formal education was kindled.
To date, he has taught in over six different countries on four continents. For the last nine years he has concentrated his efforts in central Africa (Congo DR, Burundi, and Rwanda). Yeye anaongea swahiili kidogo, lakini si vizuri sang. (translation: He speaks a little swahili, but not very well).
Due to health concerns, Bruce is no longer able to visit Africa himself. This being said, he is actively involved with sending others to continue the work he started there.
Dr. Baker is a contributing author to the book Progressive Dispensationalism as well as the author of numerous journal and magazine articles. Spiritual Maturity is his first full-length book. For a full list of Dr. Baker's published works, click here.
Bruce and his wife, Bonnie, have been married over 35 years and have three children and eight grandchildren.