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 finishing up as a senior in high school by 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, playing golf, OU football, and keeping up with family & friends and sharing on Facebook and blogs.