Education and Media
I received an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physical education from Southwest Baptist University and a master’s in education from the University of Texas at Tyler. For 10 years I had the privilege of ministering to students by teaching and coaching in public and private schools. After nearly 10 years of teaching and coaching I felt God’s call to serve in the local church and completed a masters in Christian education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I have had the privilege of serving in several different roles in the church over the last several years. Most recently I served as the Associate Minister of Recreation for First Baptist Church Garland with specific responsibilities of overseeing the Upward sports program. Prior to serving at First Baptist Church Garland, I served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Pineland, Texas. I also served as Minister of Education for Sylvania Baptist Church in Tyler, where I was licensed and ordained into the ministry.
I met my best friend, my wife Anita, while serving together as camp counselors at Pine Cove Christian Camp in Tyler, TX. Needless to say we have a special place in our hearts for the ministry of Pine Cove. God blessed with two amazing children: Colton and Courtney. It won’t take long being around us to know how we are big sports fans. We love watching sports especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.
Sports is a powerful platform for sharing the gospel. I have had the privilege of leading mission teams to Guatemala and Spain where we utilized basketball camps as a way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most recently my son Colton and I helped lead a team to Kansas to minister on the reservations of Native American people groups.
The passion that drives my ministry is best illustrated by the following story taken from Donald Whitney’s book, Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church:
“A missionary in Africa was asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was unexpected. ‘Do I like this work?’ he said. ‘No, my wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat refuse … But is a man to do nothing for Christ he does not like? God pity him, if not. Liking or disliking has nothing to do with it. We have orders to “Go”, and we go. Love constrains us.’” Whitney concludes by saying, ‘Some may try to serve God without loving Him, but no one can love God without serving Him.’”
We began our ministry at Central in April 2012 and have been blessed by the wonderful people that God placed here in this local body. We are privileged to serve alongside some of the most wonderful people in the body of Christ here at Central. One of the most exciting things about serving at Central is the idea that the best days are ahead. We look forward to how God will use this place to bring glory to His great name!
We hope that you will join us for the best days ahead!