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 will be graduating this May from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been for ministry. He and his wife Ashley are also parents of our second and fourth grandchildren, Abigail and Lorna.
- Our daughter Libby and her husband Joshua Breland have just moved to Morganton and now live nearby, so we get to see two of our grand daughters, Corley Jane & Lottie, regularly, and attend church with them at Pleasant Ridge Baptist!
- Our youngest son, Michael, 18, is finishing up as a senior in high school by taking concurrent college classes at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton. He will graduate in May and continue his college career in the fall of 2017.
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.