Amy and I have been married since 1988 and have two adult children. Amy is an elementary school librarian in our local school district. She grew up in Fort Worth. We met while I was in seminary and were married the day after my graduation.
I was born in North Carolina and our family moved several times in the eastern part of the state. I was very active in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. While in high school, I worked at the local radio station. I graduated from Tarboro High School and moved to UNC-Chapel Hill to study radio, television, and film. I thought I was going to graduate and go into radio station management or commercial production. But God had other ideas.
I was saved during revival services at our church when I was eight and sensed a call to ministry in middle school. I didn’t think much about that call through my high school years. During my first semester in college. I went to a Christian retreat in the mountains of South Carolina, I encountered students who had a contagious excitement about their walk with God. I told God that whatever the other students had, I wanted it!
We returned to campus and some of the students began to take me through some basic discipleship materials and I learned that I could (and should!) grow in my relationship with God. They helped me to find a Bible that I could understand and taught me how to study my Bible, pray, and tell other people about how they could experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus. I began to feel that it wasn’t enough for me to walk the walk; I needed to help other people to grow in their faith, too.
Over the next few years, I began to reconsider the commitments I made as an early teenager. In 1985, I graduated from UNC and moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I graduated with a Master of Divinity.
Note: This expands on what I state in my resume about how I think about ministry.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, backpacking, reading, writing, and building websites with my web development and consulting business, All-In Web Services. I even pick up my guitar and strum a little on occasion.