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About Dr. Wilcox

Dr. Wilcox was raised in northwest Ohio until his family moved to Phoenix in the late 80's. After graduating high school, he attended Oral Roberts University, receiving his B.A. in New Testament Literature and B.S. in Computer Science in 1986. After completing his degrees, he lived variously in San Antonio and St. Louis for the next 8 years before moving back to Phoenix in 1995. During this time, he completed his M.Sc. and D.Sc. (both in Computer Science) from Washington University in St. Louis. Don is married to Bethany Wilcox, a psychotherapist, and has 2 sons and 3 daughters.

Don has worked for himself as a software consultant, starting 2 different and successful companies along the way. He also served on the staff of a medium-sized church in the Phoenix area for a little more than a decade. He is the founder and sole developer for mypeoplematter, a software complany that provides web-based church management software designed primarily for smaller churches.

Currently, Don works for BillingTree (http://mybillingtree.com), a payment processing company in Phoenix. Don has been at BillingTree since 2014, serving in various roles as an Architect, Software Quality Assurance team lead, and now as the Senior Director of Software Engineering, leading his team in building a state-of-the-art payment processing platform.

Don's interests are as varied as his career. In addition to computers and Christian ministry, Don reads extensively on subjects ranging from Physics to Economics to Politics. This background is evident when he teaches, as his lectures are multi-disciplinary and sure to provide his listeners with more than just what they came for.

What's with the tree?

The tree is a symbol of the way Don tries to integrate his life, basing it on core principles. Just as the life of the tree is ultimately dependent on the roots and the trunk, Don approaches every subject from the same set of core principles that inform all of his life. As new ideas or new information come along, they must be grafted into the tree in an appropriate place, with the correct relationships established between the old and the new. If a new idea does not fit, it must be examined to determine whether the information is mis-understood or mis-interpreted. Because the core principles are foundational and well-established, there is no other option. This holistic view provides a unity of perspective that few other lecturers provide.

What about God?

It might seem strange the there is no mention of God, given that Don is a fervent believer. Interestingly enough, Don's core principles can easily be summed up in the statement "The God of the Bible is real." However, such a core principle is problematic in several ways. First, it admits to too many interpretations to be very useful. The exact nature of the God of the Bible is a subject of great debate; starting in such a quagmire would not be helpful. Second, starting with God makes discussion with those who disagree (be they atheist, agnostic, or of another faith) more difficult. By starting with more generic principles, more people can enter the discussion.

However, whether we start with God or not, He will show up very quickly. Don believes, and demonstrates in his writings and lectures, that the God of the Bible, is an obvious and immediate consequence of his core principles.