My calling to the preaching profession came as early as age eleven.
I made the commitment in a revival service the year after I was baptized.
As a senior in high school, I was licensed to the gospel ministry and began preaching at a country church my freshman year in college.
I continued to preach for two years until I transferred to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. There I participated in the H-Day Program and preached in churches throughout Alabama until I graduated.
Call to Misistry is a Call to Be Trained
I have been a life-long learner. The summer after I graduated from college, I got married and we left for Louisville, Ky where I attended and graduate from seminary. While in my first church, I earned my doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary and by second and third units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
I have been a youth pastor and pastored three different churches for over 30 years of pastoral experience.
I earned my fourth unit of (CPE) during my pastorate at First Baptist in Jefferson and became a Board Certified Chaplain in 2020.
During my final year as pastor, I began training with the Center for Congregational Health to prepare myself to help churches through interim phases of their congregational life.
Trained by the Center of Congregational Health to be an Intentional Interim Pastor.
If you are currently without a pastor, I have the skills to help you put together a transition team to gather the information you need before you begin the pastor search phase of your process.
Most churches will skip this important part of the interim process. I am trained to help you gather the information from your congregation you need to pass on to your search committee to help them be better prepared to call the right person as your next pastor.
In addition, I have the pulpit experience you need to deliver biblical, timely messages to keep your congregation engaged, visitors coming, and the church together during the interim period.
I am able to supervise staff, work with teams/committees to continue developing the calendar of the church during this period.
I have the pastoral care skills to help with people in crisis and to take care of those in need of talking with a pastor about life’s issues.
My preaching style is conversational. I can use the lectionary or I can preach topically.
When I read the parables of Jesus, I notice that there is usually one main point, one main thought, to Jesus’ lessons. It’s difficult to improve on the way Jesus taught. The goal of my messages is for you the remember one main thought, not a list of ten points. If you can remember one main thought that you can apply to your life during the week, then the message was successful and it was worth your time to hear it and more importantly, to put into practice.
I can be transparent, but not over revealing, humorous, but not irreverent, convicting, but not judgmental. I can lead you to the cross, without being pious.
If you need someone to fill the pulpit for a Sunday or two, or for a few weeks, call me and let me give your pastor a much-needed rest.