2010 – Present
I was born November 25, 1964 and spent the first nine years of my life on a small farm in Newtonsville, Ohio. It was also there in the small town of Newtonsville that I attended a Baptist Church and for the first time in my life was blessed to hear the gospel message. There was one service in particular in which the Spirit was pleased to make sin “exceedingly sinful” to me, and through the Spirit’s convicting power and by God’s amazing grace, I was brought to the end of myself, and looked fully to Christ for salvation.
Sad to say in 1973, we moved from that small town to Hillsboro, Ohio, and during my teenage years I lived the life of the prodigal son in the pig sty of this world. I still stand amazed at how long suffering and patient the Lord has been with me. At around 19 years of age, the Lord used some circumstance of the wickedness which I was involved in to turn my heart back to Him in a mighty way.
During this time, the Lord was pleased to allow me to meet one of the most kind, loving, and caring pastors I have ever known in Hillsboro, Ohio. It was also at this time the Lord began to deal with me in regards to the ministry. I began attending Bible College at the School of Scriptures in Milford, Ohio. After the first year of Bible College, I met another pastor named Dan Ferrell. The Lord was pleased to use Brother Ferrell, and three years at the Baptist Voice College to teach me many great truths. It was also during this time that I surrendered fully to the ministry, as well as receiving one of my greatest earthly blessing, my loving and faithful wife Myra.
From Wilmington Baptist Temple, we moved our membership to Providence Baptist Church in Xenia, Ohio, where Brother Tom Ross was the pastor. I learned from the example of Brother Ross the importance of striving for diligence in study. In moving to Providence Baptist Church, we did so with the intent of being sent to Peru, South America, to serve on the mission field, but the Lord had other plans.
In a round about way, the Lord closed the door to Peru, but opened another towards the Philippines. In 1995 we packed what we could pack and sold the rest, took our two young children and left for the field.
In 1997 Providence Baptist Church voted to disband. I was informed of this news via telephone by Brother Nick McCune who was then faithfully serving as pastor. It was then that I called Brother Gormley to request authority from the church here at Bryan Station. After much prayer the saints here graciously consented.
The Lord was pleased to give us just shy of 15 fruitful years to minister in the Philippines, along with forging friendships which will never be forgotten. The Lord also blessed us with three more children while serving there.
In 2008, Brother Gormley asked me if I would pray about coming home to pastor the Church here. We have always had a great love for the people of Bryan Station Baptist Church, but honestly I felt so overwhelmed and under qualified! After much prayer, I consented and the church called me in for questioning. After that, they extended the call to pastor here and I accepted. This January will be our third year anniversary here.
Following in the footsteps of a man the caliber of Brother Gormley, is one of the most daunting task that I have ever undertaken, but I am reminded daily of what the Bible says in II Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.”