I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. My parents are both Christians and made sure I was involved in church activities. At eleven years old I went forward at church because I saw all of the attention a close friend of mine got when he was baptized. Immediately after being baptized, I remember asking my parents what it meant. As I moved into my teen years, I had a sense of gnawing doubt concerning my “confession of faith.”
I attended college at the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1986. While living in Norman, I became involved in Trinity Baptist Church and the Baptist Student Union. In these two ministries, I met believers who had really taken up with Jesus. The way these Christians lived made a huge impact on me. At the end of my junior year, I committed my life to Jesus. I then felt a deep sense of peace, which had eluded me until that time.
A few years after becoming a follower of Christ, I sensed God’s calling to ministry. In 1992 I became pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. I served there until 1997 when my wife and I sensed God was leading me to continue my education. In 1998 I returned to school for more training, so that I could become a professor. I am now a professor at Wayland Baptist University. God has given my life meaning, direction, and the assurance that I know for certain I will go to heaven when I pass from this life.
Check out my Church: Immanuel Baptist Church, Anchorage, AK