I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home in Athens, AL by parents who were very active in the local church. My Christian upbringing certainly played a significant role in me becoming a Christian at age 7. I began taking piano lessons and playing in church as a young child, and continued playing piano into college where I accompanied the Calhoun Chorale and the Auburn University Singers. I have a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Auburn University, and a MS in Software Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. I have worked at Dynetics, Inc. for over 25 years, primarily supporting the U.S. Department of Defense.
How long have you been in ministry? How long have you been at FBC?
Including the time served as pianist as a child, I have over 37 years of ministry in the local church. I have served in a variety of other capacities, including volunteer youth leader, interim music minister, deacon, and children’s choir director. I have been a member at FBC Athens since May 2000.
Favorite Bible Verse?
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
OK… so that’s more than one verse.
Interesting, not so well known, fact about yourself.
When I was in college, I kissed this girl named Melissa on a dare (holding mistletoe over her head). We went on our first date soon afterward, and now we’ve been married for 25 years.
NOTE: While I was tremendously successful, I do not recommend this approach to finding a spouse.
I also got my private pilot license, but then I had kids.
Traveling, camping, and being outdoors with my family. I also enjoy playing the piano, singing, and woodworking.
Favorite Vacation Spot-been to or want to go to
I enjoy a cabin stay anywhere in the Appalachian Mountains, especially in the fall. Family beach trips are also a blast.
Favorite vacation ever: Switzerland. I’d like to travel to Israel and Australia or New Zealand.
My best friend and wife, Melissa, is from Hartselle, AL. We have 3 children: Amber, Aaron, and Anna.