Married to Cheryl Shores, 1982
Children: Paul (1985), David (1987), Libby (1989), Michael (1998)
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1985
B.A. in Communications, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1982
Harrah High School, Harrah, Oklahoma, 1977
February 2019 Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Angleton, TX
March 2015 — January 2019 Senior Pastor, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Morganton, NC
June 2014 — February 2015
Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Moss Bluff, Lake Charles, Louisiana
1500-member multi-staff church in an unincorporated bedroom community just north of Lake Charles. Led multiple evangelistic, discipleship and mission efforts. Led church to adopt a master plan, and to build Phase I: a 20,000 sq. ft. Children’s Ministry Center. Led church to begin a new church plant in Grand Lake, a nearby community with no Southern Baptist church.
Pastor, Living Oaks Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Urban church in southeast Tulsa; new church start with 30 members in 1994. Transitioned to permanent facilities and grew to 200 in Sunday School and 240 in worship, Fall 2000.
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Beggs, Oklahoma
Small town setting. Emphasized Sunday School, discipleship and missions offerings. Led church to acquire property and build new fellowship hall and education classroom building.
Pastor, Dickson Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Urban church in transitioning neighborhood. Helped reverse attendance decline through reinvigorated Sunday School ministry, discipleship, and deacon ministry.
Testimony and Ministry
I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, and came to follow Christ in a Vacation Bible School at age 7. Our family settled in Harrah, Oklahoma in 1968, where we attended the First Baptist Church. I was baptized there at age 8, was discipled, called to ministry, and served as a ministry intern before leaving for seminary in 1982.
I seek to lead a New Testament church whose standard of success is faithfulness to God’s word. I am an expository preacher, and teach the importance of discipleship in the Christian life which begins with a genuine, personal, daily walk with Christ, and results in a balanced ministry which resembles His: “worshipping God, and serving Him by reaching, teaching & caring for people.” (Matthew 4:10, 23)
Denominational Service includes:
Board of Directors, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, 1997-2000
Executive Board, Louisiana Baptist Convention, 2002-2006
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Louisiana (Baptist) College 2007-2012