Pastor / Elder
For the past three (3) decades it has been my yearning to increase in becoming more like Jesus. I love to introduce people to Jesus and to help them better understand how God’s Word, the Bible, is not nearly as difficult to understand as we are often told. There is nothing on this earth more exciting than to watch the faces of people as they recognize the relevant and powerful truths found within the pages of Scripture coming to life within their own lives.
My wife, Kim, and I were introduced at Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University) while studying Bible and music. We were married in May 1987. God eventually guided me to the Graduate School of Lancaster Bible College where I completed a Masters Degree in Ministry.
God blessed us with two wonderful children who have quickly grown and started families of their own. In fact, we are now enjoying the blessings of being grandparents.
A unique aspect of my pastoral ministry is that I have been serving as a volunteer Police Chaplain for more than two (2) decades. Presently, I actively serve the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police. I provide counseling, spiritual guidance, crisis intervention, and friendship to both the Deputies and Correction Officers.
Many are surprised to learn that both Kim and I are experienced Artisan Chocolatiers. We sometimes get to share the results of our labor with our church family. Chocolate anyone?
I grew up in a family where the truths of the Bible were taught and modeled every day. At a young age I made a decision (as God graciously drew me!) to become a Christian by trusting Jesus as the only One who could pay (through His death) the debt I owed.
As a youngster living in New Jersey, I cared mostly about math and baseball.
My wife, Jan, and I were married in 1982 and moved to southern Maryland when I took a job at NAVAIR. Almost right after we arrived, we became a part of the SAYSF Bible Church family.
Jan and I have been involved in youth ministry, music, and various teaching roles. The church body asked me to serve as an elder in 1989. Since then, the Lord has stretched me in ways I would not have believed; and He has always provided the strength and grace to enable me to serve in whatever way He puts before me.
While still an unbeliever, the Lord drew me to Southern Maryland in 1997 to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a navy pilot. After many Christian classmates prayed for me, and many SAYSF people shared with me, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ in 1999.
I met Pastor T. Davidson during Test Pilot School and he showed me special kindness and confidence. He and many others at SAYSF discipled me and helped grow in my relationship with Christ. One of them is now my wife, Terrie.
The Lord took us to Florida and California with the Navy for further discipleship before returning us to Patuxent River in 2006. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and communicated to the SAYSF Elders what I believed was God’s leading for me to enter the pastoral ministry.
With their mentorship, I have been privileged to serve the SAYSF family as an elder these past few years.
I’m an active member of the deacons team, preach and teach Sunday School on occasion. My wife and I led the nursery ministry for many years. We sometimes host small group in our home. We are also active in homeschooling our four children.