Brent McDougal is senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas.

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up mostly in Alabama (Birmingham and Montgomery), but I also lived in South Carolina and Ohio for several years.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

Jesus calling the fisherman to discipleship.

My earliest memory is of my grandfather, who was a pastor, teaching me how to fish, and I’m always touched by the miraculous catch and then simple call to follow Jesus.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

I love the hero’s journey: the call to adventure, the quest for an impossible achievement, guides and friends along the path, death, transformation and rebirth.

4. Who are three people you admire?

Weston Ware (mentor and former worker with the Texas Christian Life Commission), Alan Hirsch (missional/church renewal author) and Jen McDougal (my wife).

5. What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I grew up with Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer and went to prom with her (It was a triple date, but she wasn’t my date).

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