Leland Haines, the InternetServant of Bibleviews.com, has been interested in Bible studies and writing for some 45 years. My faith is firmly biblical and aligns closely with the conservative Mennonite-Anabaptist beliefs. Most influential in my spiritual growth has been my self-study, Bible reading, and consulting commentaries and other Bible study books to understand difficult passages. In doing this I have a deep sense of help from God's grace and His Holy Spirit.
Bro. J. C. Wenger has also influenced me. I grew up under his preaching at the Olive Mennonite Church south of Elkhart, Indiana, and under whom I took all my Bible classes at Goshen College. After I started to write, he encouraged me to continue.
Many conservative Mennonite groups, that may be conservative in some areas of the Christian life, do not have a good understanding of the church and its basic doctrines. Because of this, and due to failure to get others to write a series of books on the doctrinal basis of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith, I begin writing. I have authored four doctrinal books: Christian Evidences-How we know the Bible is God's Revelation, Authority of Scripture, Redemption Realized Through Christ, and the Biblical Concept of the Church. I have also authored several booklets. Since English-speaking people have little interest in Biblical literature, I have been working to get the Redemption book translated into Russian, Haitian Creole, and Romanian.
I might add about my writing, the fact that I wrote anything is in itself a "miracle" since I was always a poor English student. But though God's grace and much effort I did write, and through the help of Bro. Richard Polcyn's editing, I trust readers have found my books and bibleviews articles useful and worthwhile. I hope they find these books and my many articles build a strong case for Biblical Christianity as understood by the Mennonite-Anabaptists.
Your InternetServant is a Purdue University graduate. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering. His engineering work has been mainly on diesel engine combustion and fuel injection systems, except for a year and a half working on catalyst converters for diesel automotive engines. I beginning my work at Detroit Diesel Division of GM, then went to Cummins Engine Company, to International Harvester Truck Engineering, and back to Detroit Diesel. I retired from the latter at the age of 60 but did go to Ford Scientific Research Labs after retirement to work on the converters.
Lest the reader think that engineering and biblical writing don't harmonize, let me share my observation on this. I think engineering provides a good background for writing. Engineering trains ones mind to be analytical and to have respect for God's physical laws. I found this mind discipline to be helpful in biblical writing; it helps one to be thoroughly biblical in writing.
Your InternetServant is married to Katie Yoder, and we have four sons.
We are members of the Salem Mennonite Church
by Leland M. Haines, September 2001