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 ministry. They are also parents of our second grandchild, Abigail!
- Our daughter Libby and her husband Joshua Breland are in full-time ministry at FBC Bloomfield in northwestern New Mexico. Our oldest & youngest grand daughters, Corley Jane & Lottie, Skype with us almost daily from there!
- Our youngest son, Michael, 17, is being educated at home and is also taking concurrent college classes at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton.
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, OK due to a diagnosis of dysautonomia or POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Having regained my health after a two-year layoff, I have served as the Senior Pastor at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Morganton, North Carolina since March, 2015.
Among other things, I enjoy reading (see my “Now Reading” page), going for walks, running, playing golf, OU football, and keeping up with family & friends and sharing on Facebook and blogs.