It was in high school when God prompted me toward vocational ministry. While in Bible College, I met my future wife and ministry partner, Sue.
After marriage, graduate school and seminary we had the opportunity to direct Alpine Bible Camp in Bradly, WV. During our 5+ years there the Lord led and enabled the ministry to be radically updated and expanded. Then we were led to seek a less transient ministry. While we remained in the same place the campers constantly were coming and going. We desired to invest our lives in people for the long term. So, I returned to seminary and received training in Biblical Counseling.
The Lord clearly led us to First Baptist in New Castle, PA where we led the Student and Family Ministries for nearly 10 years. Then the fellowship called us to be Senior Pastor. For over 20 years we served the Lord by serving the people of this church and community.
During the 30+ years in New Castle I worked under two Senior Pastors and three Interim Pastors. During the 20+ years as Senior Pastor we transitioned to an Elder Board reworking our constitution and by-laws twice. There was a major physical plant renovation, several significant outreach events that resulted in tens of thousands of people being exposed to the love of Christ and the Gospel. We had the joy and privilege of transitioning from a church that simply gave money to missions to a church that was actively involved in local and international outreach efforts—partnering with some of the finest missionaries and churches on the planet!
We now love being grandparents to our four grandchildren and joining God in what He is doing in different communities for his glory in service as an interim pastor. The joy and challenge of assisting churches during signifiant transition has proven to be a surprisingly positive and certainly growing experience. God is at work in so many places in and through so many people!
Interim Pastor – Berean Baptist Church, Mansfield, OH
Interim Pastor – Southern Lake Evangelical Free Church, Elkhorn, WI
Jan, 2017-Nov, 2018
Interim Pastor – Christ Community Church, Fredonia, NY
Sept, 2015-Oct, 2016
Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church, New Castle, PA
June, 1994-April, 2015
Pastor of Family Ministries – First Baptist Church, New Castle, PA
Oct, 1984-Jun, 1994
Director Alpine Bible Camp – Bradley, WV
May, 1977-August, 1983