I was born in Chattanooga, TN. and since my father was a bi-vocational minister of music, whenever the church doors were open, we were there. I was baptized, married, and ordained at Signal Mountain Baptist Church (now The Point).
I married Helen Thomas in 1978 after meeting on a blind date our junior year of high school. Outside of my salvation, this was the best decision I ever made. We have three children (Ben, Casey, and Nancy), who are now grown and married. Our three grandchildren are with our oldest son and his wife in Italy.
I count my involvement in a discipleship group in college as the beginning of my call to ministry and mission. After serving as a youth pastor and completing my master’s degree at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, I served with the North American Mission Board in CA. Our family went to Thailand to serve with the International Mission Board, SBC, where I served as a church planter and cluster associate from 1985-2019. I also served as chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education program of U.T.K. Medical Center from 1996-1997 and worked with Senior Helpers here in Chattanooga from 2019 until early 2020. I joined the pastoral staff at Ridgedale in September of 2020, excited to return home to Chattanooga.