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My Story…

While I was born in Huntington, W. Va., I’ve spent most of my life in East Tennessee.  I have been blessed with 19 years of marriage to my lovely wife, Cyndy, and together we raised a blended family of 4 children. Now adults, they each are pursuing life in their own unique ways.  And we are the proud grandparents of 4 (soon to be 5) amazing grandchildren.

During most of my formative and young adult life, I identified myself as a “Christian”, but the predominant fruits of my life would have demonstrated otherwise.  At age 15, while attending a local church revival, I came to believe in the historical person of Jesus.  But, at best, “cultural Christianity” better described my personal lifestyle and approach to “faith” in the years that followed.  In a family, social, and church culture seemingly filled with few genuine Christian role models, abundant legalism reflected in a works-based righteousness, and a church-life vacuum devoid of much intentional discipleship among its people, I struggled for many years with “my faith”, falling very short of truly experiencing a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ.  So, as a young man, I eventually chose to walk away from the church (as I understood it) to pursue a worldly lifestyle filled with self-indulgence and destructive sin patterns.  But, as it turned out, I failed to fully estimate the redeeming power of THE sovereign, merciful, gracious, and living God of the Bible, Who was not finished with the heart of stone and dead spirit of this lost and wayward sinner!  Eventually, God, through the TRUTH of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the preaching of the Word, and the work of the Holy Spirit, would bring me to my knees in the midst of an irresistible grace that did lead me to sovereign salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.  And so, while praying with a close friend during a Bible study on God’s law, I fell to my knees under the immediate and overwhelming weight of convicting awareness regarding my personal sin against God, profoundly and remorsefully confessing it to the very Savior to Whom I had been introduced in 1973, and from Whom I had walked away so many years before!  I humbly asked Him to forgive me and redeem my life for His purpose and glory.  While the journey has been challenging at times, He has graciously answered my prayer in many ways, mercifully blessing me with a wonderful “iron sharpens iron” marriage, growing family, and loving Legacy Church family.  Yes, he is restoring “the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25) resulting from my own sin.  Above all, I rest in the joyous and promised reality that I am a child of THE living God and the true hope of knowing that one day “when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2).  While in no way proud of those years lost in the wilderness, I stand today thankful for the years of “wrestling” through which He allowed me to journey, for in those years I now know He was with me, sovereignly intent on leading me to Himself “by grace through faith”…alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Today, I am privileged to serve Christ and His church as a bi-vocational pastor at Legacy Church, Knoxville.  As the Pastor of Operations, I am blessed to work alongside the team of Legacy Pastors and church partners as I oversee church operations and safety on the Central campus.  I am also blessed and privileged to serve alongside my wife, Cyndy, discipling others through Biblical counseling to pre-married, married, and individual Legacy Church partners seeking such care.

My prayer for Legacy Church is…

God, I pray that you would call unto Yourself those who are lost, tired, and weary of a life filled with selfishness and meaningless toil, that you would fill them with Your Spirit, giving them life and restoring to them “the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25).  To that end, prepare, strengthen, and provide wisdom to those of us called by You to serve our broken and needy neighbors with Your touch, grace, and Word.  May Your Gospel draw their hearts to a place of repentance, true peace, refuge, and everlasting life.  And may You alone be glorified in it all!

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