I began my journey with the Lord in January, 1974. Two months after being saved, I surrendered to the call to preach the unsearchable riches of God in Christ Jesus.
My journey with my life mate began in August, 1975 when I married Susan Thomas. Susan and I have been blessed with three beautiful Christian daughters: Jaime Suzanne and her husband, Nathan Gish, Leigh Ann and her husband, Andrew Moore, and Shannon Faith and her husband, Jared Kessinger. We have been enriched by the addition of five precious grandchildren: Ashlyn, Landon, Jaxton, Wyatt, and Karlee. I praise God for my wonderful family!
I am a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist College with a Bachelor’s in Theology, Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelor’s in Arts and Humanities, and Trinity Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Susan and I began our journey with Yellow Creek Baptist Church in November, 2000. We have been very blessed to be partners with such a loving and caring family of faith. We want to extend an invitation for you to visit us. We would love to worship with you!
The Lord led me to serve in this role at Yellow Creek in January, 2007. I have the privilege of overseeing the church’s education and discipleship ministries, in addition to outreach and administration. Prior to my time at Yellow Creek, I served over ten years in other ministry positions, including youth, college & young adults, and music.
I am a native of Tennessee(!), having grown up just a few miles south of the Kentucky state line. I am married to my lovely and faithful bride, Beth, and we have one son, Henry. I studied biochemistry at Lipscomb University and worked as an analytical chemist before God called me into full-time ministry. I received ministry training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I earned the Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
I enjoy music, books, Baptist history, and spending time with my family. I am rather partial to good, strong coffee, and my favorite vacation spot is Prince Edward Island, Canada. In addition to studying the Bible, I enjoy reading blogs and researching my family history as time allows.
I have been in ministry for over 50 years. I have held various positions over the years. Most of the time, music was my primary focus, but at times I also served in other roles, including minister of youth, education, and administration. My last twenty years of ministry have been at Yellow Creek where I served as Minister of Music and Senior Adults and created the Easter pageant, “The Living Cross.” In 2003, I retired as the full-time minister of music but continue to work part-time with the senior adults. I have loved every minute of it!
I could never have served so long in ministry without the help of my loving wife, Iva. It has always been “our ministry.” Iva and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters, Ronda, Amy, and Kara, and our six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren have added a lot of joy to our lives.
I received training for my positions in ministry from Campbellsville University, University of Louisville, and Southern Seminary, as well as various conferences in my fields of service. I enjoy reading and writing. I blog about things from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The blog is entitled, “How About When.” Stop by and read it at www.howaboutwhen.com.
God has blessed me with the task of overseeing the ministries of family life and recreation at Yellow Creek. In addition, I help to administrate our Christian Life Center. I have served in this part-time capacity since May, 2011.
I was born and raised in southern Indiana and moved to Kentucky the day before my senior year of high school. I graduated a Scottie from Glasgow High School and then earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. I spent seven years in retail management for The Kroger Company before surrendering to full-time ministry in 1996. I received training for ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I earned my Master of Arts in Christian Education, and I have spent the last seventeen years in ministry.
I am married to my wonderful wife, Cindy, and we have two children in whom we delight—Matthew and Elizabeth. I love hanging out with my family, especially at the beach. I am also an avid sports fan, and I really love to eat baby back ribs.