Recipient, Apprentice, & Messenger of Grace
At just seven years of age, I first came face to face with my desperate need for God’s grace. In the subsequent decades, the path of my life has been from one painful reminder to the next in a growing recognition of my desperate need and God’s abundant provision. As my understanding and recognition have increased, God has lit a passion within me to infuse families with the wonder of grace.
This is an outline of my professional experience and training.
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (Summer 2019) – Dallas Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Music Education (May 1992) – Oklahoma Baptist University
High School Diploma (May 1988) – Prague High School, Prague, Oklahoma
Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Duncan, Oklahoma – September 1, 2007 to September 1, 2022
I deeply love this church. It has been my privilege to serve with this congregation for fifteen years. I oversee the staff, teach, preach, and administer the overall mission of the church. This is built primarily on a team ministry model that has seen some tremendous growth, but, like many churches, we have struggled to return to our pre-pandemic momentum.
Associate Pastor (Music & Youth Ministry), Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Tecumseh, Oklahoma – May through August, 2007
This part-time ministry role was a temporary healing step toward resuming full-time ministry work. I led the music ministry and the youth ministry including the summer camps.
Landscape Technician, Cowboy Landscapes, Stillwater, Oklahoma – April through August, 2007
After the diagnosis of a severe depression, it was very important to find an employment opportunity that allowed me to work with my hands. This time was very rewarding and healing for my spirit. My work there involved maintenance duties such as mowing, edging, trimming as well as construction and planting work.
Pastor, Landmark Baptist Church, Perry, Oklahoma – October 2003 through March 2007
There were many very difficult and painful lessons learned in this ministry position. Despite the pain and loss of this experience, God was preparing me for the work that was yet to come. I continued the work with Kidz Kamp, led a number of community outreach activities, and led the church to come alongside a struggling church plant in Cortez, Colorado, that had been, in effect, orphaned by the their initial sending church. Though Landmark closed their doors just over a year after I left, the church in Colorado is continuing to faithfully serve their community.
Pastor, Hinton Missionary Baptist Church, Hinton, Oklahoma – May 1999 to October 2003
As my first full-time ministry opportunity, this was certainly a learning experience of great significance. I learned more about what not to do than I did about serving well, but I am so grateful for the patience of this small but special congregation. In addition to weekly preaching/teaching responsibilities, I worked to establish effective children’s ministry programs and several special event ministry projects. My greatest accomplishment, however, was in leading the re-imagination of a youth camp with which the church had been participating for several years. Within just 4-5 years, the “ABA Camp II at Cedar Hills” was transformed into Kidz Kamp at Cedar Hills and went from 160 campers and 8 professions of faith to 350 campers and 48 professions of faith. This ministry continues to be a labor of love for my ministry life.
Director of Music, Wellston High School, Wellston, Oklahoma – August 1998 through May 1999
This final stop in my career in public education was so very rewarding. It was by far the most successful of my seven years of teaching music. It was also an important step in my preparation for full-time ministry. I taught high school band and choir, middle school and beginning bands. The high school band advanced to state contest for the first time in the history of Wellston High School. It was truly a tremendous year.
Director of Bands, Wetumka Public Schools, Wetumka, Oklahoma – July 1996 through May 1998
This step in my professional journey was pivotal in bringing me to the place of great spiritual development. There were many great lessons learned here as well as a number of challenges. I directed the high school, middle school, and beginning bands and taught humanities and music appreciation classes. I worked to develop creative fundraising projects as alternatives to traditional sales programs that send much of the proceeds somewhere else.
Director of Music, Okeene Public Schools, Okeene, Oklahoma – July 1992 through May 1996
My career in public education began in this very small town as the only music teacher in the school district. I taught grades 1-5 general music classes, 5th grade beginning band, 6th grade intermediate band, and 7-12 high school band. I also attempted to start a middle school choir class. The challenges of managing resources, administrative responsibilities, and the needed independence of the role were daunting factors.
Charis Pregnancy Center, Duncan, Oklahoma – March 2018 to May 2022
I serve on the board of directors and as chair of the personnel committee for this great organization that ministers to women and families with pregnancy-related needs.
Duncan Band Boosters – September 2007 to May 2018
I have been very active in this organization. I served 3 terms as President-Elect and then President. I coordinated volunteers for concession stand operations, contest transportation, contest meals, numerous fundraiser projects, and represented the organization in a number of community functions. My biggest accomplishment in this organization was the spreading out of the work to prevent any one or few individuals from monopolizing the function of the program.
Christian Family Counseling Center – 2012 to 2015
I was privileged to serve on the board of directors for the Duncan campus of this fine organization until property issues forced its closure.
Christians Concerned – 2008 to 2009
I served for almost two years on the board of directors for this local ministry that provides groceries to families in need.