Tim earned his undergraduate degree from Gardner Webb University and his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary. He has served as a music and preaching evangelist, pastor of two churches, and is the founder/director of Cross Ministry, Inc. He speaks on university campuses, to missions organizations, and leadership conferences.
Tim’s story was heard at Amsterdam 2000 (a global event of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) and the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention, The State Convention of NC, Saddleback Church and hundreds of other venues. Tim has served as a strategist and panelist for the United Methodist Church. Secular and Christian universities at which he has spoken include University of Arizona (Tucson), Methodist College, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), University of North Carolina (Greensboro), and Cedarville University. He has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), Janet Parshall’s America, Point of View, Concerned Women for America, USA Radio, BBN, American Family Radio, and Family News in Focus.
Wilkins is the creator of the conference MORE THAN WORDS which focuses on walking (versus talking) people out of homosexuality. MORE THAN WORDS has been conducted across the United States among various denominations. This one or multi day conference addresses such topics as If a Friend Says “I’m gay”, Debunking the “Gay Gene”, “What’s a Parent to Do?”, Untwisting “Gay Theology”, Counseling the Homosexual, Preventing Homosexuality, and A Biblical Bridge Out of Homosexuality. MORE THAN WORDS has gained international attention. Of note, a documentary film team from The Netherlands flew to the United States to videotape the conference and interview Wilkins; this documentary has been televised in The Netherlands. MORE THAN WORDS is now available in a Webinar. Cross Ministry’s work and Tim’s articles have been featured around the world including France, Central and South America, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, Australia, India, New Zealand, and Italy.
Some venues in which Wilkins’ writings have been read include The Christian Post, Center for American Cultural Renewal, Baptist Press, Good News Daily, The Church Report, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, AgapePress, SermonCentral.com, Christian Single magazine, SBC Life, Preaching magazine and Prison Fellowship. Several venues which have featured Wilkins and Cross Ministry include Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, Light magazine, The Louisiana News Star, Moody Broadcasting Network, LifeWay Christian Resources, Arizona Daily Star, Facts and Trends, National Catholic Reporter, Religions News Service, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Back to the Bible.
Tim’s expertise in this area of ministry stems from his own freedom from homosexuality some thirty years ago. He advocates people turn down the heat on the issue and turn up the light – an approach which has earned him distinction from persons on opposite sides of the spectrum. Says Wilkins, “No one has ever been argued out of homosexuality” and ,”I love homosexuals more now than when I was one!” He and his wife have three daughters and live near Raleigh, North Carolina.