I grew-up near Toledo, Ohio but headed south after high school to pursue a theological education for pastoral ministry. For the past 22-years I’ve lived along the upper Gulf Coast of Alabama, a few miles from the beaches where I also have a history as a beach wedding officiant of 5000+ beach ceremonies and having been featured on ABC Good Morning America in 2010.
Currently, I am serving as a hospital chaplain in neighboring Northwest Florida, but it has been my honor to have been involved in pastoral church ministry for over 35 years, most recently in Mobile, Alabama where I served 12-years as pastor of CrossHope Chapel, a nondenominational church. Other areas I have served as a local church pastor include Fort Payne and Guntersville, Alabama and prior to that in Rock Hill, York, and Aiken, South Carolina.
My educational background includes degrees in religion and pastoral ministry from Southern Adventist University. My philosophy of ministry has centered on Acts 6:4 when the apostles established deacons so they could “give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” and Ephesians 4:11-12 in shepherding the saints, not organizational authoritarianism. My past affiliations have included Seventh-day Adventist, Southern Baptist, and Calvary Chapel, although it is more accurate to say that today I’m nondenominational.
It has been my ministry purpose to turn hearts toward the practice of prayer and the study of God’s Word so others may have truth, encouragement, and hope in the midst of trials, disappointments, and the circumstances of life. You can read my personal testimony at the Adopted by God page and my core Christian beliefs at the Statement of Faith page.
I am an advocate for the practice of biblical prayer and Bible study as our source of encouragement, hope, and strength when dealing with life’s trials, disappointments, and grief. I have written several books including Today’s Daily Promise devotional, Prayer is the Answer, and Simple Wedding Ceremony Planning Guide.
As a hospital chaplain my focus is on being available to provide spiritual support for patients, their families, and our staff, drawing from their own spiritual reservoir, as a means of encouraging, strengthening, and coping better in their journey toward holistic healing, wellness, and care giving.
My family here along the beaches of the upper Gulf Coast include my beautiful wife Steph, four adult children, four grandchildren, and two pets, Jael (a high-anxiety German Shepherd) and Rocky (a sleepy Blue Heeler mix rescue dog).
Please contact me if you have any questions.