I was born in London, England. My dad was a career United States Air Force man so I traveled all over the United States and parts of Europe. When my dad was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, we attended Calvary Baptist Church. It was there at this church, under the leadership of Pastor Thorne, that God saved me.
My father continued his Air Force career and we continued to move. He retired in Sumter, South Carolina, and it was there that I joined Grace Baptist Church. I met and married my wife, Mary, while living in Sumter, and all four of our children are South Carolinians . . . Go Gamecocks!
While living in Sumter I taught school for a number of years and then became a school administrator. It was during this time that I went on my first international mission trip to Romania. This awakened in my heart a desire to serve God in greater ways.
After returning from this mission trip, my wife and I felt the leading of the Lord to enter full time vocational Christian ministry. We have served churches in Germany, South Carolina, North Carolina, and now in Maryland.
I received my bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University (1988) in Ohio. My masters degree in teaching came from the University of South Carolina (1991). My ministry schooling came from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where I received both my Masters of Divinity (2004) and my Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic Theology (2010).