Education: B.A. from Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA
M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I often use a sermon style created by Paul Scott Wilson called "The Four Pages of the Sermon". One page of the sermon is given to each of the following areas of exploration: judgment or trouble in the world, judgment or trouble in the text, grace and solution in the world, grace and solution in the text.
One of my favorite illustrations: My grandfather sharing a story about WWII. He talked about he and a friend laying on their stomachs with the bottoms of their feet touching so that they would have a 360 degree view and could protect each other while fighting at Iwo Jima.
Family: I have a wife, Kyra and two children (one in Kindegarten and the other in preschool).
What my parents think of my sermons: They like them, but not as much as my grandparents.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is a big support but always honest when I falter or things don’t go as planned.
Best advice given to me about preaching: "Preaching is like throwing eggs at a brick wall. Eventually it might crack" - Ellsworth Kalas, President, Asbury Theological Seminary
Books that have had an impact: Moral Vision of the New Testament by R.B. Hayes
Anything by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Anything by Eugene Peterson
Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
Hobbies: running, reading and hiking
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: "One thing I know: I am a great Savior and Jesus Christ is a great Savior."
Something funny that happened while preaching: I once referred to Asbury Seminary as Asbury Cemetary and the following week emphasized a main point by saying "but . . . and that’s a big but."
What I want on my tombstone: He bore the image of Jesus.