My journey to know God began when I was very young. I desired to go to church each Sunday the church bus rolled by the house. I think I enjoyed the bumpy ride across the Rail Road tracks more than anything… but God used that experience none-the-less. Ever since those early days of my life God has been calling me to Himself all along the way.
There were several times as a young teen when my life intersected with Jesus. I finally came to a time when I surrendered to Jesus in December 1983 while at a KISS concert in Atlanta, GA. It was there in the midst of all the commotion I heard him within my heart say, “I have something better for you – follow me.” I began the journey of knowing God that evening.
Life has not always been explored from the paved road of life. It’s been full of worn out dirt roads of hurt and disappointment. Yet it’s from this deep well – I have had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know God’s strength and comfort. This is what motivates me everyday: To know I have opportunities for God to use me in the lives of others. John 15:13 states, Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. I love people and I love to draw the best out of everyone.
I have a wonderful wife. God could not have been any better to me by giving her to me. I brought 3 children and she brought 2 children to our marriage… Just one child short of the Brady Bunch. We now have 1 more child together to make 6. So, we are learning what it means to truly blend lives together. We are blessed to have such a wonderful family. Before I get to the partridge in a pear tree, I also have a great son-in-law.
I am a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with a M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling and a M. A. in Religious Education. I graduated from Lee College in Cleveland, TN with a B.S. in Christian Education. God used both schools to shape my life… but more than that He has used circumstances in life and great friends to mold me into the person I am today.
I have had the wonderful pleasure to work with some great churches as a Youth Pastor. As a result, I have made lifelong friends in the process. Presently, I am waiting for God to complete the orders for my next assignment in the journey of serving Him. Until then I’m going to,
Keep (my) eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed- that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).
Seek. Find. Live.