As a child I thought if I pray a prayer for salvation, go to church, and try to be good I would go to heaven. However, when I was 18 years old I heard an open air preacher and realized I wasn't right with God and the way I was living proved it. In Luke 7:47 Jesus said, "I tell you, her sins, and they are many, have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love." I can sympathize with this woman. I turned from my life of sin and realized the only way I could be right with God is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Less than a year later I began an internship at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. I stayed and finished the first year of IHOPU. Then I felt led to move back to Dallas, Texas and joined a new church plant. I served as the assistant pastor there for six years. The church dissolved and shut its doors and I decided to move my family back up to Gainesville, Texas and join the church I grew up in, New Life Bible Church.
Testimonial: I was saved in 1979 at the age of 30, while in the Navy. I was called to preach the Word in 1984 and started working and studying under various institutions such as Northeast Bible College, Trinity Seminary, and Liberty University. I have always considered the call to be a BiVocational pastor along the lines of Paul, who, through the pages of Scripture, the Lord has used to mentor me. I am trained as a Physician Assistant, and a Hospital Administrator, and retired from clinical practice. I have been a pastor for the past 22 years, and have a deep desire to minister to the Saints and equip them for service. I believe the depth of Scripture is the ultimate destination of teaching us how to love like Christ. I believe it is the glue that unites families and fellowships. It is the absolute essential for a strong marriage, and causes us to humbly come to the throne of grace for daily sustenance. I believe in the daily practice of quiet time with the Word, and in prayer, and that prayer in faith, is the source of our strength in Christ, as it opens the line of communication between the Holy Spirit and our hearts.
Scripture that constantly knocks on the door of my heart, offering encouragement, strength, patience and endurance is this:
"So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day." 2 Timothy 1:8-12
I was born and raised in Gainesville, and have attended NLBC since 2001. I came to know Jesus when I was 15 years old after attending church with some friends of mine and was given a Bible. I got locked out of my house after school one day and began reading the Bible in my back yard, and the grace of God hit me like a ton of bricks and I gave my life to the Lord. Soon after that I began dating my now wife, and came to New Life after she asked me to come with her. I grew up in this church and I feel like this church is my family. God called me into music ministry in 2004 after I graduated high school, and I moved to being the worship leader of the main worship service a few years later. My wife Amy is also involved in the worship ministry at the church and we have 4 beautiful children.
I have lived in the Gainesville area for about 24 years and was part of the original group of families that formed New Life Bible Church. I am married to Terri and we have 4 children (all grown). All are married and we have 7 grand children. I have been a church attendee most of my life. God got my attention in 1995 (long story). I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and started my personal relationship with Him at that time. He continues to grow and change me from the inside out. I love all my brothers and sisters at New Life Bible Church. We are family.
I was born and spent my formative years in Gainesville. At one time in my life every relative I knew either lived in Gainesville or Callisburg. At 8 years old I realized my need for Christ and asked Him to be my savior during a service at Bible Baptist Church on Taylor Street. At the age of 12, my family moved to Lewisville, where I attended Junior High and High School. After graduation, I attended the University of North Texas, not really sure of what I wanted to become. I love all sports, especially football, but was too small to give that any serious thought so I thought an accountant would be an area I could make some money. I soon found out that I hated math and was not that good at it anyway. As mentioned, I was saved at the age of eight but at that age how drastic can your life really change. From outward appearances, I lived a moral life but was never “sold out” for God. As a sophomore in college, after listening to a sermon on Isaiah 6, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” I decided to commit my life to Him and ended up transferring to small Bible College in Arlington, TX. I never felt called to be a pastor but called to say YES in whatever field God wanted me. In 1985 Cyndy and I got married and I took a job as a youth pastor in my home church in Lewisville. I wish I could say my life has been totally committed to God since. I’ve had some battles with Satan that he has won but God has been patient with me and always taken care of me and my family. After three or four years the church began to have some financial difficulties and I found a warehouse job, working the graveyard shift for a communications distributor. I have been at the same company now for 27 years. The last 22 years in a sales position that specializes in the Service Provider market ( AT&T, Verizon, etc. ) We moved back to Gainesville in 2006 and I still commute to Lewisville. Cyndy and I have two adult sons, Meritt and Mason, whom I am very proud of. We visited New Life Bible church one Sunday morning and found a group of people that we can call family. With the help of my wife and my family, my aim is to continue to say yes to God, while I grow and mature into the person He called me to be.