A native of Florida, I grew up on a citrus and cattle farm in the rural community of Bereah. I came to know Jesus Christ and was baptized in believer’s baptism at the age of seven. I later answered the call to ministry at First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida.
The Bible is the Word of God and is sufficient for everything pertaining to life and godliness. I am grateful for and dependent on the grace and mercy of God. Additionally, having served for more than twenty-five years as a pastor, I believe more strongly in the shepherding model of ministry than ever before (1 Peter 5:1-6).
I am passionate about proclaiming the glory of God and sharing the good news about Jesus down the street and around the world. Kingdom multiplication through disciple-making and church planting is essential to the mission of God. I have been blessed to serve on mission extensively both in the United States and internationally, and have engaged in short-term missions in ten states and twenty nations. I served as a Trustee of the International Mission Board (2013-2021), and as Chairman for two years.
My wife is Emilee and we have three adult children. Our son is an Investment Analyst and serves on a Church Planting Team. Our oldest daughter is a Middle School Teacher and our youngest daughter is a junior in college. We are also blessed with an unofficially adopted daughter in Moldova in Eastern Europe, who came into our lives as an adolescent. She is married and has two children and works in Public Administration.
Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church 2003-Present
Director, Send Network West Virginia, NAMB 2020-Present
Assistant Professor, Liberty University 2011-Present
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions in Fort Worth, Texas.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) with Biblical Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida