I’m a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. In regards to life,
I don’t always get it right. I don’t always perfectly love people.
You will find in me an incomplete man, but you will likewise find
in me a passion for God, for people, for prayer, for the Bible,
and for my family and friends. Thank God for His mercies which are new every morning.
I’ve served in pastoral ministry since 2010 in both Kentucky and South Carolina, and volunteered with youth groups for several years before that. Besides being the pastor of Grace Community Church, I am an Army National Guard Chaplain. Prior to arriving at Grace in August 2018, I was deployed to Afghanistan for a year
and have had the privilege of serving in the military since 1992.
I am a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and of the University of South Carolina. Before finally surrendering to God’s call upon my life to ordained pastoral ministry in the UMC, I was a US Secret Service Agent in Miami and West Palm Beach, FL. My first career, beginning in 1999, was as a full-time Training Officer with the SC Army National Guard (similar to a project manager). My wife, Angela, is a Keller Williams realtor who previously served as the Associate Director of Youth Ministries for the SC Baptist Convention. We’ve been very happily married since 2004. We have three children: Colton (2005), Cade (2006) and Caroline (2011). My wife and children are my favorite and add joy to my life every day.
I love them passionately.
Gamecock football, golf, oyster roasts at my house and trips to the mountains for hiking and camping are near to my heart. Additionally, I’m a part of F3 (Fitness, Faith and Fellowship) a men’s morning fitness group that meets early each morning.
Favorite Bible Verses:
The first is a promise from Jesus: “In this world you will
have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Next has to do with God’s direction for my life: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Finally, it is another hope of God in the midst of our pain: “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5).
Please check out our “About Us” page if you’re interested
in some of my core beliefs.
YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM
Grace Community has hired our next youth pastor. He will be arriving from Germany early next year. We are excited to have a team of faithful volunteers who are leading our youth into a relationship in Christ.
I am pleased to say I have been affiliated with Grace Community Church since the summer of 2007. The first week I visited, I was asked if I would be interested in working with the children and I have been working with them ever since! Children are my passion and God has blessed me by allowing me to work with them for more years than I can remember.
Church and my relationship with God guide my life, my decisions and my thoughts. I cannot remember a time I was not in church either as a child, a youth, or an adult and I have worked with children all this time.
I have been blessed with three grown sons: Toby, Colbey (with wife, Katie), and Joey (with wife, Stephanie). I have been further blessed with two granddaughters—Olivia Katherine (age 6) and Winnie Mae (age 5), and two grandsons—Graydon Malcolm (age 3) and William Maddox (age 4). They keep me busy, but they also remind me of what is important in life! I was married to a wonderful Christian man who was a great husband and father. He died as a result of cancer in 1997.
Education has played a huge role in my life. I have been an educator for more years than not. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro. Later, I earned my Master’s degree in Education from UNC Charlotte. In addition, in May, 2016, I earned my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Urban Literacy. I have taught in public education, have served as an administrator and have worked on the university level.
As I hope is evident, my passions revolve around children. My first passion is my relationship with my Savior. My second passion is my family. Then, my passions become meshed between children … education … sharing the Word with children … watching growth in all areas.
My favorite verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)