Education: Ordained in April 2004
AA in Church Ministries
BA in Church Ministries
Sure Foundation Theological Institute
Counseling Certificate with Light University
Comment to those looking at my sermons: My words may not be eloquent but the words that are in my heart are expressions of the whole counsel of God. I pray that as you read these sermons you will be encouraged by them and that they would help you in your personal walk with the Lord. These sermons are from a Pentecostal perspective so if you are non-Pentecostal I especially hope that you in some way will receive some instruction that you may not have heard before.
Sermon or series that made a difference: A visiting missionary preached a sermon about spiritual and church growth called, ":Opening up the tent flaps."
One of my favorite illustrations: Keep your fork. The story of a woman who was buried with her fork in her hand because she was always reminded at church dinners to keep her fork for dessert. So when she was dying she asked he pastor to make sure she had a fork in her hand at the visitation so people would constantly be reminded that there was something better coming.
Family: I married my childhood sweetheart, Charlotte, in 1971. We have three daughters, Jill and husband Bob Johnson, of St. Louis, MO,
Emily and husband Brian Hager of Denver, CO, and Tricia and Jeff Pyatt of Foley, MO. Jill and Bob have one son, Brandon, and a daughter Miriam and a new addition adopted into the family - Caleb. Emily and Brian have a daughter, Haley. Tricia and Jeff have one son, Eli and a daughter Lilliana.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Sometimes Charlotte thinks my sermons are too long. They are normally about 30 to 35 minutes. Fortunately I can preach as long as I like now because Charlotte does children’s church every Sunday. (Just kidding dear)
Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t try to be someone else. Be yourself and preach God’s word from your perspective.
Books that have had an impact: Set Our Hearts on Fire - Richard Bieber
Dutch Sheets’ Intercessory Prayer.
The Believer’s Authority - Kenneth Hagin
Hobbies: music, gardening, golf, basketball
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Nothing different than I say every week. Heaven or hell is your choice. God has given the gift of eternal life but you must receive it by faith. When you stand before God and He asks why He should let ou into heaven, if your answer doesn’t include grace, faith, and Jesus Christ, you are in trouble.
Something funny that happened while preaching: More than once I was trying to make a specific point that required a word that completely escaped me. I had to ask someone in the church to help me find the word I was looking for.
What I want on my tombstone: Why do you look for the living among the dead?