am the Pastor of the Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. My greatest desire is to see people come to personal faith in Christ and then share His story to the ends of the earth. I believe that this is best done through the simple, Biblical model of investing my life in others through personal mentoring, pastoral leadership and the practical sharing of Jesus with those around me. In my more than 15 years in pastoral ministry I have sought to model this Biblical method of disciple-making and church development in the United States as a church-planter and local church pastor, as well as in churches and communities in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
My wife, Kim, and I were raised in Milan, TN, and have served churches in Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia. From helping to heal a church deeply wounded in a church split, to starting a church in a living room, to revitalizing a nearly century-old congregation, I have sought to bring a spirit of evangelism, disciple-making and commitment to God’s Word to wherever Jesus has called us to serve.
As a life-long learner, I have earned an undergraduate degree and two advanced degrees. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with majors in both History and Religion, with a minor in Political Science from Union University in Jackson, TN, a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Expository Preaching from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
In my ministry, I have been privileged to serve on various denominational committees and boards, as well as an officer in associational, state and national conventions. In 2010, I served as the President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference, a position that gave me a unique and humbling opportunity to mentor, assist and serve pastors from across the state of South Carolina.
I feel strongly that the call of the pastor is to teach, lead and build disciples so that they can have an eternal impact on the world for Jesus. My greatest joy as a pastor is seeing somebody that I’ve led to Jesus sharing their faith, bringing their friends to Jesus and pouring their lives into others. That’s what the Great Commission is all about – a passion for God and compassion for people. My model of ministry is simple – lead from behind by modeling in front.
Kim and I were married in 1996 and are blessed to be the parents of Laura Kate (5), Jack (3) and Benjamin (born March 1, 2012).
Feel free to look around my blog. I pray that as you visit, you will be equipped and encouraged to love others and serve Jesus more.