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John Sparks

John Sparks is a part-time writer and former preacher who spent 10 years researching and writing a history of the "Old Time" Baptist Churches in Southern Appalachia. As a lab technician, he finished the book The Roots of Appalachian Christianity: the Life and Legacy of Elder Shubal Stearns (University Press of Kentucky, 2001) while his union was on strike. Appalachian scholar Loyal Jones encouraged him to send the manuscript to the University Press of Kentucky. It was published as part of its ...See more