I’m honored to pastor the historic Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. My greatest desire is to see people come to personal faith in Jesus and then live committed, consistent lives for Him. I believe that this is most effectively done through Spirit-filled, expositional preaching, investing my life in others through personal mentoring, and the practical sharing of Jesus with those around me. In my more than 20 years in pastoral ministry, I have sought to model this Biblical method of disciple-making and church development in the United States as a local church pastor, as well as in churches and communities in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
My wife, Kim, and I grew up in a small, rural town in Tennessee and have served churches in Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia. From starting a church in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio to serving in the second oldest Baptist church in Georgia, I have sought to bring a focus on evangelism, disciple-making and commitment to the proclamation of God’s Word to wherever Jesus has called us to serve.
As a life-long learner, I have an undergraduate degree, two advanced degrees, and I am currently a Ph.D. student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. In 1996, I graduated with 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. In 2001, I earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN, And in 2008, I received a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Expository Preaching from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
I feel strongly that the call of the pastor is to preach the Bible, lead the local church 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.
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’m currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Kim and I were married in 1996 and are blessed with four children: Laura Kate, Jack, Benjamin and Jonathan.
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