Joe Early, Jr. is an assistant professor of religion at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science
degree from Cumberland College (1993), a Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri
(1998), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (2002). While at
Southwestern he studied under Dr. Harry Leon McBeth, Dr. Karen Bullock, and Dr. James Leo Garrett. He served as visiting assistant
professor of religion at Baylor University in 2002-2003. He is the author of A Sourcebook of Texas Baptist History, The Building
of a Church, the Centennial History of South Main Baptist Church Houston, Texas, and A Handbook of Texas Baptist Biography.
Early has written several articles for scholarly journals, presented papers at historical society meetings, and has two other books,
A Texas Baptist Feud: The Hayden Controversy, and Religious Life in Austin's Colony, 1821-1836, forthcoming.