| is a United Methodist minister
and lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Since his retirement
in 1999, he has spent much time in writing and has continued
his engagement in advocacy for various social causes.
The author, who grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has
degrees from Wofford College (B.A.), Emory University (M.Div.),
and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (D.Min.) In the
first half of the 1960s, he served on the chaplaincy staffs
of the Central State Hospital in Georgia and the South Carolina
State Hospital. From 1966 to 1983, he was the chief chaplain
at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute of the South
Carolina Department of Mental Health. For the next sixteen
years, he served as director of the Academy for Pastoral
Education of the SCDMH. Summers was presented the Distinguished
Service Award by the Mental Health Association in South Carolina.
In 2000 his popular book Hunkering Down: My Story
in Four Decades of Clinical Pastoral Education was published.
In various professional publications he has provided numerous
journal articles, book reviews, and chapters for books. For
the past ten years, some newspapers have included his articles
on sports history and human interest stories. Many of these
feature his special fondness for the era of the 1940s and
He and his wife, Marilyn Boyd Summers,
have lived in their same home in Columbia for the past forty
years. They have two grown sons and three grandchildern.
His creative interests include photography, movies, hiking,
reading, and a good nap after lunch.