I was born in Miami, Florida, went to high school in New York City, graduated from Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee, and studied post-graduate at Harding Graduate School of Religion. The best part of college years was meeting Lynne, my wife of 49 years now. God has blessed us with three superstar children—Eve, Todd, and Nathan. They have multiplied the blessing with eight grandchildren to date.
I ministered in Bernie, Missouri, Miami, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Nashville where we now live.
I made my initial confession of faith and was baptized into Christ at age 18 largely as a result of having godly parents. I cannot remember a time when I was not in and around church and the village of faith. My journey has not been without its trials and sufferings. In my forties and fifties I had left fulltime ministry and allowed myself to disconnect my life of faith from my daily walk, my Sunday and my weekday. Christ did not let go of me; He rescued me from myself. My wife often reminded me “Satan is sifting you like wheat” but your family and Jesus are praying for you. Today I am grateful to accept God’s daily grace and fellowship. It is life. The Spirit has given me back my family and a deep call on my life to help others who need rescuing. I am the founder and director of a non-profit ministry called Next Right Step and a minister of the gospel.
Perhaps this is not a biography you would expect from a Fellowship of Ailbe colleague. I only know that “I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). God delivered me from idolatry and the kingdom of darkness and “transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:12-14). My only boast and surety is the love of God shown to me in the cross of Jesus. His grace and power have enabled me to celebrate 16 years of sobriety.
“Thou, O Lord art a shield about me, You’re my Glory, You’re the lifter of my Head! Hallelujah!” Psalm 3 3-4