NEW PUPPY ALERT!!
I want to introduce you to Teddy, (Theodore Roosevelt) the newest member of our family. He is so cuddly and soft and very cute if I say so myself. There are more pictures at the bottom and I will post more soon.
This is me with my beautiful wife Cheryl.
I was born and grew up in Lexington Kentucky and my family attended a Baptist church down the street. When I was a kid, my dad was a construction contractor and the guys that worked for him were always trying to sell their possessions because they lived the fast and wild lifestyle and constantly needed money. Over the years this ended up making our attic look like a pawn shop and I loved to rummage around in the “treasures.” When I was around 12 years old, I started banging around on some of the electric guitars and amps in the “inventory” and with a few chords that my Uncle Carlos showed me, a life-long passion for music was born. I received Jesus as my Savior and was baptized when I turned 14 and I will never forget that first week of being a brand new Christian and taking the phone book and randomly calling people to tell them about Jesus. It would be amazing if we could stay that excited and be on “fire” like that without fear and intimidation! By now, my parents had bought me my first acoustic guitar and I remember my first ministry experience was leading the youth in singing in front of the church.
I regret to say, but I fell away from the church a couple of years later as the distractions of having a car and landing a job became a strong temptation to venture out into a new world of independence. I went through a season of having a low interest in church and even after I met Cheryl, I continued running from the Lord. With the Lord’s conviction and encouragement from Cheryl (which was now my wife), I rededicated my life back to God and began to sing and play again. Since I was raised in church, I had a basic foundation of Biblical knowledge but I KNEW there had to be more to the Christian life than just going to church. I began a daily personal Bible study to expand my understanding about God and human behavior and began to purchase books and listen to preaching tapes to increase my understanding. As my research became more intense, and I continued to question doctrine, this enthusiasm was not exactly shared by the leaders of the church. I would meet with the pastors, elders and anyone who would listen to my questions but would mostly just receive pats on the back and sympathetic smiles. After a season of frustration, Cheryl and I parted ways from this assembly and thus began the search for answers in all types of different denominations, styles and belief systems. It has been an interesting journey and to make a long story short we learned that we do not need to search the world for truth because He lives within us. Wisdom is the understanding of knowledge and only God can translate wisdom into personal revelation. Laying down our will and becoming aware of His voice is the path to a personal relationship with God.
We are grateful for the opportunities to help plant several churches through the years and I have served in several assemblies leading worship as well as an associate pastor, ordained elder, counselor and adult Bible teacher. I am blessed to have been given a gift to sing and write music, and you can learn more about by going to the prophecy category. I have written many songs over the years and also love to write about spiritual topics to those who are interested in developing a more meaningful relationship with God and to receive encouragement within the beauty of His presence. I have shared God’s love in prisons and nursing homes and enjoy listening to the elderly share their stories. In 1999 I enrolled in a two-year Bible school called “Word of Faith Bible Training Center” and graduated with a diploma of general ministerial training.
I was so excited with this learning atmosphere and my personal spiritual growth that I enrolled in a Seminary that offered a distance education program. I was accepted at Christian Bible College and Seminary and earned a Bachelor’s degree in theological studies. As a bi-vocational minister, the opportunity to learn and pay at my own pace allowed for me to work full-time for UPS during the day and study in the evenings when I was not busy with other ministry responsibilities. The Lord had been using me in some divine appointments with counseling but I did not really feel qualified so I went back to Seminary and majored in Christian counseling and graduated with a Masters of Theology in Christian Counseling. I took a break for a few years and came back to apply for the Doctorate program and was accepted. With much prayer and determination, I finally finished my Doctorate of Divinity in Christian Counseling. I recently enrolled at Andersonville Theological Seminary and earned a second Doctorate degree within the discipline of Christian Education. I am grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to harvest this knowledge and it has truly been a very valuable asset in my chaplain, crisis response and counseling labors.
I am recently retired from UPS and now have the time to serve Christ full-time as I am filled with an expectation to see what God has for us in the future. The doors of opportunity have opened in many places and I have been enjoying meeting people and being able to help and minister in ways that is stretching me as a student of servitude. Working in the church world is one type of service but when we branch out into community ministry, we find a more hostile environment and discover there is more strategy and sensitivity needed to be spiritually effective. It is easier and more comfortable to work with those like-minded and who agree with our views, but learning to become all things to all men requires us to become serious about walking in God’s Spirit. We attend a church here in Jessamine County but are open to the call to go wherever the Lord leads. Cheryl and I have now been married 38 years and are very proud to have two accomplished children, a wonderful son and a beautiful daughter that are both married and blessed with amazing spouses.
We are animal lovers and below are some pictures of our beloved Sampson. We recently lost him to an unknown problem that has been speculated to be heart-related. He was such a good boy – the best dog we ever had. He was only 5 and a half years old, and we were so blessed to spend these years with him. We develop bonds with our pets because we spend so much time with them. Sampson, we will always love you. We will never be able to replace Sam.
Here is one with Sam in his fancy duds and the oldest member of the family China. She is a 9-year-old Brush-Coat Sharpei. China is an amazing animal, highly intelligent and very protective with superior hearing and sensitivity. Absolutely devoted to protecting us and our property, these dogs were used in ancient China to guard the palaces and the desire to monitor their perimeter and be constantly concerned with her territory is no doubt embedded in her DNA. She also has a very strange personality and very much like a cat. She has never been a lap dog and never played with toys. Always serious and you can tell she is always thinking. Her favorite thing is to explore new places.
It never gets too cold for China! She lays in it. Looks like she stuck her nose in the snow.
Here is Teddy at only 8 weeks old, and he is really catching on to being trained. He will grow fast and I’m sure within no time he will be a big ole Teddy Bear!
Here is a recent picture (early August) of Teddy. He is now 4 months and nearly 30 pounds!