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, and teaches preschool Sunday School at Trinity Baptist there.
- 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 just moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Joshua serves as the Director of Communications for College Park Baptist Church (Vice President Mike Pence’s home church!). We miss them and our grand daughters, Corley Jane & Lottie, but we are thankful that God has called their family to serve Him. (And Libby is expecting our FIFTH grand daughter in early August!!)
- Our youngest son, Michael, 18, graduated from high school and concurrent college classes at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton in May 2017. He will continue his college career at North Greenville (Baptist) University in Tigerville, South Carolina 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 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, OU football, and keeping up with family & friends and sharing on Facebook and blogs.