Dr. Whitson graduated from North Greenville Junior College and Furman University. He attended Erskine Theological Seminary and has received honorary doctorates from both North Greenville University and Liberty University. He held two pastorates in South Carolina prior to coming to FBCIT.
Though he has led ministry efforts around the world, he would quickly tell you that his most important ministry is his family. He has been married to Kathy, his childhood sweetheart, for over 46 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.