Senior Pastor of McIlwain Presbyterian Church
Born into a military family in Smyrna, Tennessee on December 18, 1963, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of American sub-cultures. After my father retired from the Air Force in 1972, my family returned to my parents’ home of Pickens, South Carolina and the red clay hills of my heritage. There I was educated in the public school system and attended both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, graduating from the latter with a B.A. in English in 1988. Nonetheless, my blood still runneth orange! It was during my time at USC, through Reformed University Fellowship, (http://www.ruf.org) that I came to know the Lord and believed God was directing me to pastoral ministry.
In 1989 I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. During that time I met my wife-to-be, Lisa, while she was pursuing a Master's of Arts in General Theological Studies. We were married in 1992. In 1993 I received my M. Div., was ordained in Missouri Presbytery and ministered at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in suburban St. Louis until 1998, working primarily with small groups and discipleship. From 1998 until 2001 I served Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after which I received the call to McIlwain. This call had special meaning for us because Lisa was born in Pensacola and attended McIlwain as a child; it was for her a place full of many memories and where she came to know the Lord. Now the Lord is giving us, together with our family, new memories.
Lisa and I have three children, Hannah (1997), Bennett (1999), and Laura (2002) who attend a local Classical Christian school. I enjoy playing guitar, reading, playing guitar, dates with my wife, Friday-night family time and playing guitar. Did I mention I enjoy playing guitar?