Perry L. Stepp (1964) is the son of a pastor and church planter, and was raised in Oklahoma and New Mexico, USA. He received his M.A. in New Testament from Lubbock Christian University, and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University. His doctoral mentor, noted Baptist biblical scholar Charles H. Talbert, has the distinction of being the only non-Catholic scholar to serve as president of the Catholic Biblical Association. Perry has been very active in the Society of Biblical Literature, and has published a monograph, scholarly and popular articles, and a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles and Philemon. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. He lives in Zagreb with his wife Elizabeth. They have three adult children: Kayla, Anna, and Joshua.