Education: BS in Sport Management, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
MA in Pastoral Ministry, Trinity Seminary
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Trust the Spirit of Christ to anoint you in the secrecy of your study and the pulpit for His glory.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Expository Series in Gospel of John
Construction of a Kingdom, a character study of David
One of my favorite illustrations: Everyone should have a personal experience with the cross... Russian president Vladimir Putin met with President Bush and shared a personal story about a small cross given to him when he was very young. In her book When Character Was King, journalist Peggy Noonan reports on their conversation.
When Putin was young, his mother gave him a cross to wear around his neck. Although he initially hid it in a jewelry case, he eventually decided to wear it. He even had it blessed while on a trip to Jerusalem. It became a treasured symbol of a mother’s love and her cherished faith until a small house fire caused the cross to be lost. Following the house fire, Putin was greatly disturbed. He dispatched an employee to sift through the charred remains of the building to try and find it. After an extensive search, the employee reported to Putin and held out a closed hand. He opened it and revealed the prized cross.
Putin told Bush: "It was as if something meant for me to have the cross." President Bush responded, "Mr. Putin, that’s what it’s all about—that’s THE story of the cross."
Family: My wife, Mary, and I were married on June 27, 1992. My daughter, Rachel, was born on Father’s Day, June 15, 2003. They are my first and most favorite ministry.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Always love the people, which you pastor. Joe Lenna
Books that have had an impact: The Power of Prayer, EM Bounds
The Safest Place on Earth, Larry Crabb
Spiritual Leadership, Henry & Richard Blackaby
Jesus the Pastor, John Frye
The Disciple Making Pastor, Bill Hull
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Reading, Bass & Guitar
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: If you were to breathe your last and stand before God this very minute, why would He allow you to enter Heaven?
Something funny that happened while preaching: I once launched into a funny story, which I didn’t have in my notes and I forgot the last half of the story and the point I was trying to make.