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Search for Truth

Paul was amazed that the Galatians so quickly were deserting the gospel of Jesus Christ for another gospel which really was not a gospel since there is only one true gospel. (Gal. 1:6-7) In reality there were those sneaking into the church to corrupt the pure gospel of Christ. (2:4-5) Because of our pastor’s commitment…

A Thirst for Godliness

There are many signs in a believer’s life that give evidence to the desire for godliness: A disciplined prayer life, a longing to read God’s Word, quickly confessing sin of which one has been convicted, loving and longing for corporate worship, true concern for the spiritual life of those whom God has placed under your…

Leading the quest for Godliness

I am blessed to watch God at work is so many of our members’ lives, especially in our young families. We have a strong group of young men who are earnestly seeking God’s will for their lives as they fulfil the role of husband and father. Their testimonies attest to the faithfulness of God to…


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What do you do at Grace Life?

I serve part-time on staff working with our hospitality ministry particularly with our greeters. I also work with Pastor Rick in coordinating a great group of volunteers that help with numerour projects at the church and community.

What do you enjoy most about your job

The friendships that I have developed with so many of the guys and watching God work in the lives of our young men and their families.

How long have you served at Grace Life?

My wife and I joined GL 4 yrs ago and I came on staff in January of 2013.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Bibb County and spent the majority of my adult life in Shelby County teaching, coaching and pastoring.

Who is in your family?

My wife, Bit to whom I have been married 40 years this June. We have 2 adult sons. DJ, his wife, Laurel and their 4 children live in Spartenburg, SC where he pastors and Cory, and his wife, Wendy and their 3 children live in Selma where he also pastors.

How did you come to a relationship with Jesus?

June of 1962 on the Monday of the 2nd week of VBS my pastor, Jimmy Rogers, preached about the need for salvation from John 3:16. The Holy Spirit convicted my heart and I responded.

How did God call you into vocational ministry?

For years I had always desired to preach but thought this desire was my on making. Folowing college Bit and I began members of a church in Chelsea where I taught school. Our pastor wanted to license me to preach because he saw the gift within me. I was not comfortable with this idea of seeing the gift. I went to my pastor of my teenage and adult years and discussed it with him. He encouraged me to listen to my heart emphasizing that the desire in my heart to preach could very well be God’s way of calling me. I accepted the license from my church and time has confirmed that decision. I served 28 years as a bi-vocational pastor.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I truly adore the time I get to spend with Bit, however she is not on my spare time list. She is on my priority list. I also enjoy playing golf or at least watching golf.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

It’s hard to pick just one but Philippians 4:11 is a verse I have learned is very important in my walk with God.

What have you read or listened to lately that you’d recommend to others?

The book , Worship by John MacAuthur