1989: University of South Carolina Bachelor of Arts in Music
1991: Presbyterian School of Christian Education Master of Arts in Christian Education
1997: Columbia Theological Seminary Master of Divinity
2009: Columbia Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry
Sunrise Presbyterian Church; Sullivan’s Island, SC Director of Christian Education
First Presbyterian Church; York, SC Director of Christian Education
Topsail Presbyterian Church; Hampstead, NC Pastor
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church; Banner Elk, NC Pastor
Culdee Presbyterian Church; West End, NC Pastor
I was born in Moultrie, GA on February 16, 1966, the youngest of three children, and finished high school in Hartsville, SC. I was fortunate to be raised in a family that was active in the church. My parents, both of whom were elders and volunteer youth leaders, worked to model for us that being a Christian involved more than attending Sunday morning worship, but meant dedicating all you were–your finances, time, and gifts–to the ministry of God’s church. The first significant event in my faith life occurred during the summer before my junior year in college while working at a Presbyterian Camp. While I was painting a picnic table that sat beneath a cross I first experienced the call of God in my life to be in ministry. This call was to the Presbyterian School of Christian Education where I received my Master of Arts in Christian Education.
While attending the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond I met my wife, Angela, one of God’s greatest blessings in my life. She has walked with me through the challenges, demands, laughter, and tears that ministry places on a pastor. Through it all she has grown in her faith, raised our children, and worked in the church, served God as Director of Christian Education in churches and at the Presbytery level, taught in the Religion Department of a local college and in a Christian high school, and has been involved in various Bible Study groups in the community.
As parents we have enjoyed watching our children grow and mature as people and in their faith. Our daughter, Hannah, graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in June 2016, majoring in Theology with an emphasis in Church History. After graduation she was married to Nathan (Nate) Suire, who graduated from Duke Divinity School this past spring. They live in Durham, NC. Our son, Jacob, just finished his first year at Sandhills Community College. He is interested in pursuing film making and script writing. He is currently taking summer classes while also serving as an intern with Eye Stream Media.
After completing seminary we have been fortunate to spend all 20 years of my ordained ministry in North Carolina. Through the years, God has continued to challenge me and provide opportunities for me to grow as a person, as a disciple and as a pastor. I am passionate about helping the Church think outside the box in seeking ways to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a deep love for God and His Church and am both honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve as a pastor. I cherish the times when we can share laughter, as well as tears, for it is through these experiences that we grow into a community.
What do Angela and I do when not in the church? We love sailing, though we have been “boat-less” for the last several years. We enjoy spending time together running errands and doing projects around the house. I also enjoy woodworking and playing guitar. I have developed a love (maybe a slight addiction) for things on two wheels—motorcycles and bicycles. My favorite form of exercise, and perhaps therapy and prayer, is on one of my bicycles. After I began cycling through the mountains, road biking quickly became my passion. But in the past several months I have developed a slight obsession for gravel riding.
Throughout my ministry I have been amazed how God not only uses me in various forms of ministry but also provides me with whatever gifts are needed in a particular situation. It is my goal in life to bring glory to God and I pray that our ministry together will do just that.