Dr. Kerns serves as Associate Professor of Apologetics and World Religions and teaches courses in apologetics, world religions, new religious movements, and church planting. Born and raised in the buckle of the Bible Belt in Greenville, South Carolina, in a strong Christian family, Dr. Kerns heard about Christ from an early age, was saved as a young teenager, and felt a call to ministry while a freshman at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. 

Kerns’ research and writing interests focus on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, world religions, and the application of apologetics by Christians. He is the author of The Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology; multiple articles in the The Evangelical Dictionary of World Religions, edited by H. Wayne House; and multiple articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals. 

Kerns served as the Send City Missionary for Salt Lake City, and the surrounding metro region, for the North American Mission Board from 2013-2019, where he was the lead missiologist for the region. He served simultaneously as the associate director of the Church Planting Network for the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention from 2015-2019 and as Pastor of Multiplication and Leadership at Risen Life Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 2018-2019. Along with two other men, he also was the church planter/pastor at Oquirrh Mountain Cowboy Church in Herriman, Utah, from 2018-2019.

From 2005-2013, Kerns taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he served as assistant professor of Christian worldview and apologetics and as department chair for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at Boyce College. While a professor at Southern Seminary, Kerns led regular mission trips with students to Salt Lake City and engaged in evangelism on a regular basis. He served simultaneously as Senior Pastor at Morningside Baptist Church in Louisville. Prior to moving to Louisville, he served as Associate Pastor for Youth and Education at Mountain Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. 

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, being outdoors with his family and anything related to the Clemson Tigers.