Dr. Neil R. Lightfoot (September 22, 1929 – September 18, 2012) was a native of Waco, Texas. He married Ollie Robinson in 1951 and they joined the faculty of Abilene Christian University in 1958. He taught New Testament and Biblical Languages (Greek and Hebrew), Apologetics and Evidences of Christianity.
Dr. Lightfoot has been active as a lecturer and preacher, having served as full-time minister for several congregations in North Carolina and Texas. He has preached for more than fifty years, taught at ACU for forty-seven years and for more than twenty years served as an elder of the Eleventh and Willis Church of Christ in Abilene. 

Dr. Lightfoot is known for his books and scholarly articles. His books include: How We Got the Bible (3rd edition, revised and expanded), Lessons From the Parables, Jesus Christ Today: A Commentary on the Book of Hebrews, The Role of Women: New Testament Perspectives, and Everyone’s Guide to the Book of Hebrews. His videos and filmstrips include How We Got the Bible, Now That I Am a Christian, and Can We Believe the Bible? In addition, he has served as Greek-text editor and a translator of the The International Children’s Version (NT), The Word: The New Century Version (NT), and the The Everyday Bible.Dr. Lightfoot held the B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Philosophy from Baylor University, and the Ph.D. degree in New Testament from Duke University. In 1978, he received the “Trustee’s Award, Outstanding Teacher of the Year”, Abilene Christian University. In 1986, He was Senior Associate of Westminster College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England and also served as Distinguished Scholar in Residence.