I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and came to follow Jesus as my Lord & Savior at a Vacation Bible School there, but after several cross-country moves, our family settled in Harrah, Oklahoma, where I was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church. While at Harrah I met and married my wife Cheryl, and we are the parents of four children: Paul, our eldest, lives in Norman, Oklahoma, where he works for Stonewall Homes. David and his wife Ashley are studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in preparation for overseas mission service. They gave us our second grandchild, Abigail, on May 25th! Our daughter Libby and her husband Joshua Breland are also attending Southeastern Seminary, and presented us with our first grandbaby, Corley Jane, who turned 1 in May — and who is now eagerly expecting little sister in February! Our youngest, Michael, 16, is being educated at home and keeps us amazed and entertained in our old age :-)
Following my graduation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1985, I served as the pastor of four different Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma and Louisiana before resigning in February 2013 and moving to Norman due to a diagnosis of dysautonomia or POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Having regained my health, I am currently serving as the interim pastor at the First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and am looking forward to being back in full-time ministry as soon as God opens the door.
Among other things, I enjoy reading (see my “Now Reading” page), going for walks, playing golf, OU football, and keeping up with family & friends and sharing on Facebook and blogs.