Brendan Payne was raised in Seattle by loving parents who have been missionaries, educators, and small business owners, and from them learned how faith and learning work together. After earning a B.A. at Wheaton College (IL, 2008), M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2012), and a Ph.D. at Baylor University (2017), he is now teaching history to students at Baylor University and Central Texas College. He loves talking with friends old and new, playing board games, hiking through woodsy mountains, reading, music, learning new things, and learning with others.