Timothy Paul Erdel (Brother Tim) spent his formative years in Ecuador, where three generations of his family have lived. He holds degrees from Fort Wayne Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He is a licensed minister and the denominational archivist for the Missionary Church, Inc. He was formerly a missionary with World Partners to Jamaica and an inner city pastor in Chicago. He has also held academic appointments at some two dozen schools, from a rural seminary in Cuba to Columbia University.