Tell us about your family
My wife Susie and I have three children Zach, Alex, Piper. Zach and his wife Linda live in Minot, ND where he is an officer in the Air Force. Alex is a student at Mississippi State University (So the nest begins to empty). Piper is in middle school and doing great! Susie is the glue that keeps it all going while still investing in the women of our church and teaching 4th grade at Gulf Point Latin School. She is quite impressive.
What do you do or how do you serve at Live Oak Church
As an Elder, I pastor the church with the other Elders. This includes joining with them to Teach, Lead, and Care for the body. My primary role is teaching on Sunday Morning, Children’s Ministry Director, and Catalyst for moving forward.
Favorite passage of scripture or Life Verse
At different times and stages in life God has used His specific verses to encourage, convict, and train me. I often return to Jeremiah 17:7-8 for inspiration and challenge to be like a tree who isn’t affected by fear nor stress during times of drought because I am near the water (Spirit) and still bearing fruit. Life is not always easy but we do not fear its difficulties for our God is always bearing fruit in those planted near the Living Water.
Authors you read from/Favorite books
Some of the men whose writings have influenced me are J. Piper, D. Platt, RC Sproul, T. Keller, J. MacArthur, A.Murray, CS Lewis, W. Grudem, J. Adams, CJ Mahaney, JM Boice, A. Strauch, M.Chandler.
The books God has used recently in my life are “Humility” by C.J. Mahaney; “Living a Prayerful Life” by A. Murray; and “Counter Culture” by D. Platt
Who has inspired you and why
I have been blessed to have regularly had Christian adults to influence me at the different stages of maturity. I have served under some great pastors and with some really faithful believers. In addition, the writings of such men as John Piper and John McArthur have moved me to a greater love of sound doctrine. My wife and friends (Andy C and Jeff N) have walked with me during important times, always pointing me to Christ and asking hard question when appropriate. These times have inspired me to steadfast faith.
I love spending my free time on sports (college is my favorite but all sports are great), fantasy baseball, reading, going to movies, game nights with friends, golf (the few times it works out), gym (too few times of working out), and my family.