I am a native Georgian, growing up on a dairy farm outside the small town of Eatonton. While farming is the noble vocation of my father and brother, it was not my calling. When I was eighteen years old I answered God’s call in my life to serve God through serving the local church. Over the years I have been loved by some beautiful congregations throughout Georgia, serving pastorates in Mansfield, Chickamauga, and Marietta. In the fall of 2005 the good folks at First Baptist Church of Augusta called me to serve as their Pastor.
Many people and places have helped shape me, but none more importantly than my own family. Amy and I married on a hot July afternoon in Milledgeville in 1988. We have moved from college students in Rome, to seminarians in Louisville, KY, to parsonages and homes, currently tugging along two wonderful sons, Clark and Aaron.
When I am not behind the pulpit or about the work of the church, I enjoy quiet evenings at home. Then again, with two sons there are not many of those! I enjoy oil painting, a talent cultivated by patient teachers and friends. As a family we love the outdoors and so when time permits we can be found pitching a tent in the Appalachian Mountains and breathing in campfire smoke.
I confess I do not always look very pastoral, especially if you spot me zooming down the highway with a kayak strapped on top of my MINI Cooper, but I assure you I love what I do and First Baptist Church is made up of a community of followers who love the Lord and have a desire to share that love in word and in mission.