From the United States
I am a native Georgian having been born and reared in Atlanta. Stephanie and I met in Bible College in San Antonio Texas. We married in 1976. Stephanie and I celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this July. We have two children, Justin, who lives in California and Mary who lives in Virginia. I served as a staff pastor in Atlanta from 1975 until 1983 in a Charismatic/Pentecostal Church. During this time I earned a Master in Theological Studies in ethics from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (1982).
In 1984 we moved to New Jersey where I continued my theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary. I received the Master of Divinity in 1986 from that institution. During my studies I joined the United Methodist Church and became a candidate for ordained ministry. Wesleyan theology and the Methodist sense of world affirming mission attracted me. I served several congregations of United Methodists while in New Jersey and received ordination and elders' orders in 1989.
To East Africa
I n 1992 Stephanie, Justin, Mary and I returned to Atlanta Georgia for mission training. In 1993 we were deployed as missionaries serving under the General Board of Global Ministries to East Africa. I served in pastoral ministry as a teacher in Kenya and Tanzania. I taught in several different seminaries and ministry training institutes during my six years in East Africa. Stephanie and I helped form the Methodist Institute in Laity Training in Tanzania to offer ministry training for the congregational lay leadership.
To The Philippines
I n 1999 my family and I moved to the Philippines where I joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in Dasmarinas, Cavite. I taught courses in the Bible, theology and preaching. During my tenure at UTS I had the privilege of studying in a ThD program. I completed the course work but did not complete the dissertation. The material I encountered in my studies deepened my theological reflection and charged my preaching with new urgency and life.
A s we approached the end of our term in the Philippines we sensed a divine stirring preparing us for new things. Upon completing our four-year term of missionary service teaching in Union Theological Seminary, God led my Stephanie and I to reenter pastoral work. In 2003 we re-located to Taiwan as I accepted the position of senior pastor at the Taipei International Church. This congregation presented unique challenges and opportunities for ministry. My service in this international and inter-denominational congregation allowed me to encounter diversity in theology, traditions, and cultural experience. I found the work exciting in this multi-cultural congregation. During the last five years in Taiwan I also had the privilege of teaching as adjunct faculty at the China Evangelical Seminary.
While serving as the senior pastor at the Taipei International Church, I entered the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Columbia Theological seminary in Decatur, Georgia. In May 2010 CTS awarded me the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary focusing in the program called “Gospel and Culture”. I did my research on ancestral homage in Taiwan and wrote my project paper called Concern over Ancestor Homage: Toward a Culture Specific Catechesis for Taiwanese Christian Seekers.
F or the past seventeen + years I have lived and ministered in cross-cultural settings in East Africa and Asia. In 2011 God called Stephanie and me to return to the USA. We are now settling into Burlington, New Jersey where I will serve as the pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. This is the oldest congregation of Methodists in New Jersey having begun in 1770! Last year this congregation celebrated their 240th anniversary.
Although we are settled in New Jersey we are still missionaries as are all baptized Christians. Wherever we go we represent Jesus Christ. "It is not crossing the sea, but seeing the cross that makes a missionary.