Mark Ray Schmidt, Ph.D. grew up in Dallas, Texas. Later, he lived in rural East Texas and for a time in the Panhandle of Texas. For many years, he served God as a wilderness camping guide and outfitter in Texas, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Arkansas, and other areas. After living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he and his family moved to southeast Arkansas. There Schmidt taught English and philosophy at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He has also taught philosophy and worldview courses for Taylor University. More recently, Schmidt has taught composition, literature of the Bible, world literature, and other courses for Liberty University.
Schmidt has a B.S. from Dallas Bible College. His first M.A. is in intellectual history and comparative literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. His second M.A. is from Wheaton College Graduate School in Biblical and Theological Studies. His Ph.D. is in intellectual history and comparative literature from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has many interests, but he is particularly interested in the study of universal human traits (human nature) found in literature, religions, philosophy, and popular culture.
God has given Schmidt a wonderful wife and six children.