I was born in Canton, Ohio, in June of 1957 and grew up in the ministry of Canton Baptist Temple, with Dr. Harold Henniger as pastor. I was saved at age 11 because of the influence of my Sunday school teachers, called to preach at age 18, and was active in various ministry activities. I attended Tennessee Temple Bible School from 1975-1979, and graduated salutatorian in a missions course study. I was also at Hyles-Anderson College from 1981-1983, graduating with a B.S. in missions. In May of 2005, I completed my graduate studies to receive a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from FaithWay Baptist College of Canada. My last degree, a M.A. in Bible Exposition, was earned at Pensacola Theological Seminary in 2009.
In 1987, God led my wife, Robin, and I as missionaries to Monterrey, Mexico. The calling to do missions work began during my time at Tennessee Temple. It was while I was employed at Hammond Baptist High School (and involved in the Spanish ministry of First Baptist Church for six years) that God curiously convinced Robin and me, through Scripture and circumstances, that we were to go to Mexico. There I worked as Ass’t. Pastor and Dean of the Bible institute. My language study consisted of high school work, followed by practical experience for another 28 years. We labored in Monterrey until 1991 when God led us to work with Dr. Elmer Fernandez in a conference ministry to national pastors throughout Latin America. In this ministry I taught training sessions and preached in the conferences. My main responsibility was assisting Bro. Fernandez in the daily operations of organizing conferences, communicating with host pastors and conference speakers, preparing and executing logistics, as well as the recording and duplication of all sessions and messages. I continued in this unique ministry of training and motivating Spanish-speaking Christians until 2000. This is when God led us to West Gate Baptist Church in the midst of dealing with a family issue. The Lord led Pastor Turner to ask me to start a Spanish ministry to reach the Hispanics in the Town-N-Country area of Tampa, Florida. On the first Sunday in April, 2001, the West Gate Baptist Spanish Department was born. Many were saved and baptized. We reached an attendance of about 90. The work continues today under the direction of Joel Marsh, Jr.
At Westgate Baptist, I served a Spanish pastor and as Vice-President of Florida Baptist College that is training young men and women to serve the Lord. I also carried the responsibility of being Systems Administrator for the church and its ministries. In this capacity I oversaw the maintenance and operations of all computers and the network. I also developed a complete church management database system.
In 2007, the Lord gave specific direction to leave Westgate Baptist Church. I thought that it was with the purpose to pursue a doctorate. The Lord gave clearer direction a month or so later to go (by invitation of Clarence Sexton) to Temple Baptist Church of Powell, Tennessee, to become its Spanish-speaking director. At Temple I oversaw the Spanish-speaking ministry which entailed teaching and preaching every Sunday in Spanish, directing a soul-winning meeting, planning activities and events for the Hispanics, and working at involving the Hispanics in the church ministry. Other responsibilities included preaching elementary and high school chapels for the Academy and assisting Bro. Sexton in whatever he needed done.
In July of 2012, the pastor changed direction of the Spanish ministry and gave me the opportunity to return to work with Fires of Evangelism, a ministry of Iglesia Bautista Betel of Bartlett, Illinois.
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, database development, soul-winning, Bible study, and photography.