LifeWay Leadership


Dr. Thom S. Rainer

Thom S. Rainer

President and Chief Executive Officer

On Feb. 1, 2006, Dr. Thom S. Rainer became the ninth president of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Before coming to LifeWay, Rainer served as the dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees at Southern Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, and Indiana prior to joining Southern Seminary in 1994 as founding dean of the Billy Graham School.

He has served as a church consultant and church growth conference speaker for several years and is in frequent demand as a speaker today. Rainer is author of more than 23 books, including Simple Church, Transformational Church, and The Millennials.

Rainer was founder of the Rainer Group, one of the nation's leading church and denominational consultant organizations. He led the Rainer Group until assuming LifeWay's presidency.

He and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art, and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah, and Rachel, respectively.

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Dr. Brad Waggoner

Brad Waggoner

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As executive vice president and COO, Brad Waggoner oversees LifeWay's daily operations and works directly with President and CEO Thom S. Rainer in the strategic leadership of the organization. His role includes supervising all divisional vice presidents, developing policies and goals in line with the president's larger objectives, and assisting the president in the development of strategic plans and annual budgets.

Waggoner came to LifeWay in 2006 as the inaugural director of LifeWay Research. Previously he served as dean of the School of Leadership & Church Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Southern's teaching faculty in 1999 and assumed the position of dean in 2001. During his tenure as dean, Waggoner developed and taught several classes on leadership and discipleship in addition to his administrative responsibilities.

Waggoner has served on staff at three Southern Baptist churches in Texas, Ohio, and Kentucky.

He received a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; a Master of Arts from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago; and a Ph.D. from Southwestern.

Waggoner is the author of The Shape of Faith to Come and numerous other publications. He and his wife, Patti, have two sons, Brandt (daughter-in-law Jill and grandsons Judson and John Martin) and Blake.

Dr. Eric Geiger

Eric Geiger

Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Eric Geiger leads the LifeWay Resources Division. The division serves the Church in her mission of making disciples both in the United States and globally with books, Bibles, Bible studies, resources, events, consulting, and training through a variety of ministry teams and brands. The division also serves churches and believers through our more than 170 stores nationwide.

As part of LifeWay Resources, Eric serves as president of B&H Publishing Group, an imprint that specifically produces Bibles, books, children’s resources, and church supplies.

Eric received his Doctorate in Leadership and Church Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Eric came to LifeWay from the local church and continues to serve as a teaching pastor and frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. He has authored or co-authored several books, including Creature of the Word, Transformational Discipleship, and the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church.

Eric is married to Kaye and they have two daughters, Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball. Visit to learn more.

Tim Hill

Tim Hill

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Tim Hill is the senior vice president of LifeWay's technology division and chief information officer, leading the corporation's extensive technology infrastructure including voice and data systems and business systems for LifeWay Christian Stores.

Hill came to LifeWay in 2013 with a strong record of leading implementation of large-scale technology solutions and superb IT services in large national and international corporations with multi-million dollar budgets and thousands of employees.

He holds a masters certificate from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Iowa.

Hill has served in various leadership positions in their local church. He and his wife, Beth, have two grown children, Sarah and David. They enjoy traveling, mountain biking, and hiking.

Joe Walker

Joe Walker

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Joe Walker is senior vice president and chief financial officer of LifeWay. Prior to serving in this role, Walker served as corporate controller for 12 years. He has held various financial positions at LifeWay since 1986. As senior vice president, he gives oversight to several shared services within LifeWay, including distribution services, legal services, investment services, facility management services, and the corporate finance department.

Walker has served in various roles at his church, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee, including deacon, Sunday school teacher, and member of the finance committee.

Walker is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Martin. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lisa, and has two grown children who are both married. He enjoys playing golf and tennis with friends and spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Kinsley.

Selma Wilson

Selma Wilson

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Selma Wilson is senior vice president of LifeWay's Organizational Development Division, which includes human resources and leadership development. Prior to this appointment, Selma served four years as vice president of B&H Publishing Group.

She first joined LifeWay's church resources division in 1989 where she served as director of the discipleship and family magazine department, the director of organizational performance in Church Resources and, as the associate to the vice president of Church Resources. Additionally, Wilson, along with her husband, Rodney, served as executive editors of HomeLife magazine.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has completed continuing education courses, with emphases in organizational development and human resource management, at the University of Southern California and Columbia University. She and Rodney have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.