Education: Completed undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky with minors in Philosophy and History. Earned a Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (SBTS, ’85) with a directed study in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (WTS, ’97) writting my dissertation on "Responsible Christian Financial Stewardship" in the Pastoral Ministry department.
Military education includes Chaplain Basic (’82); Chaplain Career Course (’92); Combined Arms Staff Service School; Command and General Staff Officers College.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I attempt to identify the main thought (sermon sentence, PROPOSITION), set the goal (OBJECTIVE) and stick to the point. All sermons must answer the question, "So what?" I give concentrated effort to avoid "rabbit chasing." Everything - illustrations, points, thoughts are designed to lead the worshipper to discover and put into one’s personal relationship a deeper relationship with the Lord through the proclaimed word.
Family: Married to Linda in 1967. Have three children and seven grandchildren.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: A very honest critic - she is the most truthful about the ’good’ or ’less than good’ proclamation of the Word.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Stick to the scripture! Too many people have a tendency to preach what they think important at the risk of missing the point of the scripture.
Do Your Homework! Nothing beats doing the necessare and required study time of reading, writing, and researching a specific scripture to discover what it is that the Lord is actually presenting.
Preach Christ! There is no value added or relationships gained when the preacher is trying to be impressive.
Hobbies: Motorcycle riding - I have a Harley-Davidson.
Racketball - play daily with other soldiers and retirees.
Golf - my wife and I play once a week when mission and weather allow.
What I want on my tombstone: May God get the Glory!