How long have you been at BCC: Since the beginning

Hometown (Where I grew up): Maryville. I was born in Milwaukee then moved to Maryville as a child, but I grew up here. Maryville is home. 

Family: Wife – Kim. Daughter - Sarahbeth. Daughter and son-in-law Katie and Josh Hughes.  

Favorite Food: 2 chicken enchiladas, rice, and extra brown sauce from Los Amigos; butterflied venison back-straps marinated in Dales, filled with cream cheese, & wrapped with bacon; Chick-fil-A original chicken sandwich with extra pickles. 

Favorite Hobbies: Camping with Kim. Deer hunting with dad. Fly fishing. Cooking on grill and over fire. 

Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers. I like SEC football. I’m an irresolute UT fan. For the most part, I’m a fan of individuals and not teams. Still love Tim Tebow. Don’t like Will Muschamp. Despise Nick Saban. 

What most people don’t know about me: I like expensive sunglasses. Most clothes I wear have been given to me or purchased at a second-hand store (no comments necessary). 

What am I reading: Don’t want to say because you’ll think I’m a geek. Currently all my reading is for message preparation or required for school (I’m in Seminary again). Last book I read for fun was entitled Lead for God’s Sake. 

What is currently on my playlist: Needtobreathe. 33 Miles. Zac Brown Band. Christmas favorites. Sports talk show. Classic rock of the 80’s. 

Life Verse: Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Favorite Bible Story: One time when the Apostle Paul preached a long sermon, a guy named Eutychus fell asleep while listening. The problem for Eutychus was, he was listening to Paul from a 3rd story window sill and fell out of the window to his death (Acts 20:7-12). Long-winded preachers can kill ya.

Ministry Experience: Began part-time Student Ministry in 1987. Full time Student/Associate Pastor in early 90’s. Lead Pastor since 2005. BA degree in Psychology from Maryville College. MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. MML (Master Ministry Leadership) in Transformational Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary.