Terry founded the National Christian Foundation (NCF) in 1982 with Ron Blue and Larry Burkett. Terry is active in the Christian philanthropic community, serving or having served on numerous non-profit boards, including Crown Financial Ministries, Christian Legal Society, The Gathering, and Family Research Council. He lectures at no charge throughout the country on behalf of the ministries served by NCF on issues involving donor-advised funds, private foundations, supporting organizations, the transition of wealth from one generation to the next, and the tax and spiritual issues involved in charitable giving. A well-respected name in the world of giving, his expertise and 40 years of experience in wills, trusts, estates, and tax-exempt organizations have made him a sought-after counselor.
Terry retired from the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice, PLLC, in 2003 to devote himself full time to NCF. His law degrees include a master of law in taxation and a doctor of law. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University. In addition to being admitted to the practice of law before all Georgia state courts, the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court, he is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His military service included the JAG Corps of the United States Navy.
Terry and his wife, Paula, reside in Atlanta, and have three children and nine grandchildren.