A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. J.R. Chisley is a pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist church in Cincinnati. He was pastor of Saint James Missionary Baptist Church from 1962 to 1970. He has been a lecturer at the Baptist Minister's Conference of Cincinnati and vicinity since 1998. He received the Bachelor of Theology degree from Simmonds Bible College, a Master of Divinity degree from Temple Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an honorary doctorate from Temple Bible College where he has taught systematic theology and hermeneutics since 1970. He has lectured in Israel, sung in Tiberius and Austria, and traveled in Egypt, Jordan, Switzerland, Germany, and Haiti. He is also the author of God's Best Kept Secrets and Poems of a Lifetime.