At the age of 7 I trusted Christ as my Savior and was baptized the next Sunday in a small Baptist church in Marfa, Texas. In 1976 my family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where I began a Christian education in the 4th grade and continued through college. It was also at that time that I met my future wife Lois on the elementary school playground. We were married in 1989 and have 4 beautiful children: Micah, 26, Meagan, 23, Morgan, 20, and Macauley, 16. God has also blessed us with a sweet daughter in law, Hali, Micah's wife.
The calling that God placed on my life at the age of 12 was to share the good news of the gospel and encourage the believers in the local church. It was realized when I became a Youth and Music Minister in 1989 and continued the last 26 years in various positions in different churches. It was at First Baptist Gulf Shores where I have spent the last 16 years that God confimed in me the call to the Senior Pastorate.
Was asked to implement and preach the Vertical Contemporary Service along with Pastor to Students. Started with 75 people and grew to an average of 175 in almost 5 years.
Began with 13 students and a few parents involved in 2001 to an average of 60+ students and 20-25 parents involved in the ministry. Also during this same time administrated a Sunday School program that had 175 and grew to average 350.
Preaching and Teaching: I believe that all preaching must be done with a purpose. The New Testament distinguishes those purposes as evangelism, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, and worship. (Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20)
Leadership: The team concept of working together as the body of Christ is the goal. Staff and lay leaders work together to be the New Testament church unified for the glory of Christ. (Ephesians 4)
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