It is with great humility that I share with you how I got here today. I was not raised in church. I went to church a few times growing up with my grandparents and friends. It was not until I was nineteen that God drew me to a church in Lake City, TN, a church my grandfather pastored. It was here that I would meet my awesome wife, Bridget. It is also here that I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus and I surrendered to preach God’s Word.
In 1996 Bridget would give birth to our first child and only daughter Michaela. This same year, Charity Baptist Church in Clinton, TN, called me to be their pastor. In 1999 our oldest son Chandler was born and in 2001 our youngest son Colby was born. God would allow our family to minister and grow at Charity Baptist Church for seven years. Many lives were changed greatly, including ours.
In 2003 God would allow us to rest for a while and for me to begin school at Clear Creek Baptist College. In 2005 God called us to LaFollette to pastor Hillcrest Baptist Church. It was at this time that Jim Wilcox, pastor of New Horizon, began to take an interest in me. Our time together seemed to always involve food! It was an opportunity for Jim to pour into my life. We began to partner with New Horizon in community services, Judgment House, and revivals.
My heart not only became knit with Jim’s but it also became knit with New Horizon. After God called Jim home, a member of the Pastor Search committee approached me about submitting my resume. After a time in prayer, God did not give me permission to apply. Many times I thought I had missed God’s will for my family’s life. Looking back, because it is always easier to look back, I see God was still growing and molding me for this day. I also see how God had to walk New Horizon through a time of mourning.
Now that God has grown my family and brought healing to New Horizon, He has brought us together In His Name. We strive to take the gospel to people groups who are not being reached in our community, state, nation and the world. We will charge hell with a water pistol because we know that Jesus is for us. If He is for us, who could be against us?
I finish with a quote from Winston Churchill: “It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”
God has united me with a church family that has the heart of a lion, and I have the privilege to sound the roar.