I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and followed Jesus as my Lord & Savior at a Vacation Bible School there. After several cross-country moves as a child, 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, with his wife Sheba and their son Dawson. He works for Stonewall Homes, and attends Trinity Baptist Church in Norman.
- Our second born, David, graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in May 2017, and is awaiting a call to local ministry. He and his wife Ashley are parents of our second and fourth grandchildren, Abigail and Lorna.
- Our daughter Libby and her husband Joshua Breland reside in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Joshua serves as the Director of Communications for College Park Church (Vice President Mike Pence’s home church!). We miss them and our grand daughters, Corley Jane, Lottie, and our newest, Josie Grace, but we are thankful that God has called their family to serve Him.
- Our youngest son, Michael, is attending North Greenville (Baptist) University in Tigerville, South Carolina, where he is taking classes in literature, music, and drama. He plays guitar on his church’s praise team and ministers in local churches with NGU’s BCM outreach mission teams.
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). Blessed by God with renewed health after a two-year recuperation, 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, playing golf, watching OU football, and keeping up with family & friends and sharing on Facebook and blogs.