How did you arrive at FBC?
I grew up at First Baptist, and so I have a lot of life-long relationships with the members. When the Pastor was looking for someone to help with Pastoral Care (2006) I was excited to be asked to come back and join the ministry team here. It is such a joy to be able to return the love and to minister to many of the people who loved me and encouraged me as a young man in this same family of faith. Previously Cathy and I have served together at First Baptist Church of Taylor, Texas, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and First Baptist Church of Skellytown, Texas, as well as two 1-year positions in Scotland. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Cathy and I have been married for 38 years. We have 4 married daughters, with three grandchildren and one on-the-way! I agree with the Apostle John when he says: “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in Truth!”(3 John 4)
Other than the Bible, what’s your favorite book?
I love anything and everything by John Grisham or Max Lucado. Also Tracks of a Fellow Struggler by John Claypool, Intimate Moments with the Savior by Ken Gire, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, The Bridal Path by Nigel Tranter, and O Ye Jigs and Julips by Virginia Cary Hudson
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot in Texas is San Antonio, the Riverwalk and The Alamo! World-wide it would have to be Edinburgh, Scotland where I served on staff of a Baptist Church and where one of our daughters was born.
What do you do for fun?
I love to refinish old furniture, watch Andy Griffith re-runs, and go hiking.
What is the best thing about FBC?
I think the best thing about FBC is that it is a church that is big enough to offer many different opportunities to serve and use your gifts, and yet it also has a family spirit and is a loving and caring fellowship.
What’s the best thing about what you do?
Because my job is pastoral care, the best thing about what I do is to build life-long relationships and share life with our members.
What would you say to someone to encourage them in their spiritual journey?
I would remind that person that their story is not finished yet! If they are struggling, I would encourage them not to give up and to make a fresh start. God is a God of 2nd chances! (Jonah 3:1 “The Word of the Lord came to Jonah a 2nd time.”) If they are doing well, I would encourage them not to become complacent, and to be sure and finish well! (2 Tim 4:6-7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…”)