I was blessed to be born into a family with parents who loved and served Jesus Christ faithfully. I remember praying with my father to accept Christ as my Savior when I was a little boy one Sunday afternoon after church. We belonged to the same Bible-centered, evangelical church all the time I was growing up. Dedicating your life to serve Christ, however, He might lead was something I was challenged to do many times, and when I was a young teen I responded to that specific invitation one Sunday at the end of a service. At the age of 16 or 17, I became convinced God had best gifted me to lead and teach so I enrolled in the ministry studies program at Bob Jones University after high school. While there I was grounded with a very deep respect for the Bible as God’s very Word and spent six years learning and preparing to teach others. I earned an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and stayed for graduate school finishing a Masters degree in New Testament theology.
Subsequently, during my ministry years, I’ve been involved as a church planter or lead pastor three times and have had the opportunity to work at most every aspect of local church ministry. Those experiences have convinced me that my most productive area to serve is specifically as a teacher. After resigning my last position where we planted a church in lower Delaware, I was looking for a place to minister where that specific gift was needed. I also was looking for a church I believed my own four children could be challenged to grow in their faith as I had been growing up. I was drawn to SonRise specifically because it’s an energetically evangelistic church reaching a lot of people with the gospel. I saw in that a great opportunity to ground these new believers in the truths of God’s Word. I’ve enjoyed working with the other gifted leaders that God has brought to SonRise and specifically found a niche developing and teaching Pathways classes and as an instructor in our Leadership Development Program. That’s where the title “Teaching Pastor” comes from. It’s a privilege to be able to share what I have learned about The Faith with other believers eager to learn and be part of a team that is accomplishing important things for God’s Kingdom.