Growing up in East Texas, my Mom and Dad passed down three things to me: their love of God, love of family, and love of church. Being raised in a nurturing Christian family and being loved by the community of our church, I gave my heart to Jesus as a young child.
My parents were always involved in church. When I was 17 years old, I began teaching a Third Grade Sunday School Class. I discovered that I loved teaching! I have always served in the local church since that time. I married my high school sweetheart, Syd. We moved around a lot during the early years of marriage and I graduated from East Central University in Ada, OK and taught high school Speech/Debate, and English for several years. Syd and I have two married adult children. David, (our son) and Sarah lived in Wichita, KA and Misty (our daughter) and Brian live next door to us with our grandchildren (the joy of our lives)…Sydney, Scarlett, and Jasper! They are the best neighbors ever!
My world expanded when I went on an orphanage trip in 2001 to St. Petersburg, Russia. I found a passion for helping the helpless. I have led teams to 7 different countries to work with the orphans. In 2009, Syd and I funded an orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya where 56 orphans call “home”. In 2007, I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. I served on staff at a local church as Missional Pastor.
I began working with the homeless in Dallas through a homeless shelter. Through this work, I began to sense that God was giving a new direction. Several others and myself planted a church in Garland made of a group of people transitioning out of homelessness, Africans who had relocated to the Dallas area, and people who were living in the suburbs…all looking for a fresh way to worship and live the Christian life together. After 5 1/2 years, we became a part of The Neighborhood Church (TNC).
Shortly after attending TNC, I felt a strong connection to this community. TNC desires to be a fresh expression of Christ, built on the scriptures, prayer, and relationships. There is an authentic effort toward simplicity, the spiritual disciplines, and mission. After many conversations and prayers, Adam and Bud invited me to begin the process of becoming an elder/pastor. This year, 2017, will always be special to me…the year I stepped into the life of TNC as one of the pastors.
My hope for TNC is: that we will live out the scriptures, individually and in community, we lean into our life-giving God, reach out to the hurting, reﬂect his characteristics, and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.