Education: BA,University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989. Major: Psychology.
MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1992.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Take what you can use, sight me as your source if you feel like it.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Sitting under the preaching ministry of Rev. Geoffery Lacefield, Pastor of Cloverleaf Baptist Church, for three years. Brother Lacefield taught me how to preach with passion.
One of my favorite illustrations: A man told the Lord that his cross was too heavy to carry any longer. So God brought him into a room and told him to put down his cross and trade it in for another. The man looked at a bewildering number of crosses, most of them so large they reached up into the heavens. Over in the corner was a tiny little cross sitting all by itself. The man sheepishly asked if he could have that one. The Lord replied, "Sorry, you don’t understand; that’s the one you came in here with."
Family: I have been married to my wife, Andrea, for 23 years. The Lord has blessed us with three sons; Seth, age 19, Aaron, age 14, and Benjamin, age 12. I should also mention another important member of our family, Jenny, our seven year old mixed collie.
What my parents think of my sermons: There’s Billy Graham, then right up there near him is me.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is forever telling me that my sermons are wonderful, but entirely too long.
Best advice given to me about preaching: "Be sure to get your proper training," and "Put the cookies on the bottom shelf where everyone can get to them."
-Dr. Perry Sanders
Books that have had an impact: What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Phillip Yancey
The Testament, by John Grisham
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, writing, playing the guitar, and spending time with my family.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Trust Jesus and make Him your all in all. Do that and you will be the person God wants you to be.
Something funny that happened while preaching: Once when I was preaching our youngest son, who was about three at the time, got away from my wife and began crawling under the pews. I was preaching and ever so often a little blonde head would pop up between the pews, only to disappear, then re-appear a few pews away. My wife finally caught him and the congregation thought it was hilarious.
What I want on my tombstone: He Preached