Education: In addition to “field” and life training, I received my Masters of Divinity at Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN); hold professional certifications in Critical Incident Stress Management, Grief Counseling, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and Leadership; and have a B.A. from Gettysburg College in both Management and Psychology. I am a TX certified teacher, highly qualified in EC-12 SpEd, 8-12 ELA. and 6-8 Generalist.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: 1.) I do my best to give credit where credit is due. Nevertheless, there are times I may repeat an illustration I remember hearing/reading but don’t know who to credit it to. If you see any such exs. and know the original, please let me know and I’ll edit the credit in.
2.) I’m a strong believer that anything preached from the Word of God through the Spirit of God is entirely His property and never my own. Please feel free to use, copy, adapt in any way that legitimately serves and pleas
Sermon or series that made a difference: A sermon a friend gave me soon after becoming a Christian in College. I believe it was by a Pastor Pope of First or Second Baptist in Dallas. It was entitled: "When God Comes Like A Whirlwind" and based on Proverbs 2:20-33. More generally, sermons by Chuck Swindoll and Tony Evans have most impacted me.
One of my favorite illustrations: The boy searching for how to find God who eventually goes to see the hermit on the mountain. There the old man does not say a word until after he drowns the young man to the brink of death, lifts his head out of the water and then proclaims, "When you seek God as you now seek for breath, then you will find Him."
Family: I have a beautiful and godly wife, Rachel, for whom he had to go to Trinidad to find. We have been married since 1997.
Rachel is a godly and dedicated wife and mother. We have two wonderful children, Isaiah and Tehillah.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach the Word and only the Word.
Books that have had an impact: Desiring God, John Piper
Systematic Theology, Lewis Sperry Chafer
Inside Out, Larry Crabb
Transforming Leadership, Leighton Ford
Historical Drift, Arnold L Cook
Breakout Churches, Thomas Rainer
Church of Irresistible Influence, Robert Lewis/Bob Wilkins
Natural Church Development, Christian A. Schwartz
Seeing Beyond Church Walls, Steve Sjogren
Doing Church As A Team, Wayne Cordeiro
Winning With People, John Maxwell
Wild At Heart, John Eldridge
Hobbies: My hobbies and special interests include family time, reading (anything from classic to modern, literary to pulp fiction, fiction and non-fiction, philosophical and theological), drama, outdoor activities, athletics, music, and exploring museums.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Always, your "utmost for His highest"
Something funny that happened while preaching: Any Given Sunday
What I want on my tombstone: A Good and Faithful Servant of the LORD