I was born an unremarkable person to parents of moderate means who loved me more than anyone else did for years. Somewhere, around the age of 19, I attended devotionals and Bible studies and met a lot of friendly people. One person stood out for the concern that he showed me and the interest that he had in discovering the intentions of the Bible passages that we read and how we could apply the Bible’s teachings to our lives. I was looking for answers, so I was glad to meet a fellow searcher.
I moved to D.C., and I was set up with 3 roommates from all over the country. I quickly caught on with a local congregation and began attending Bible studies religiously, every week. Bob Blons was instrumental in my spiritual development by being the person who invited my roommate to join his Bible Study group. It was Bob’s concern for me that eventually led me to some capable teachers of the Bible who helped guide me into an understanding of the Bible and God that was solid enough to build my life on. I was baptized and became a member of the University Church of Christ, a church that has left its imprint upon me to this day for its passionate singing, complete involvement in each other’s lives, dedication to prayer, unity, and solid teaching. The world opened up for me there and became a welcoming place. It was there that I met the bride of my life.
Later I found an article that indicated a search for a preacher in my wife’s hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. The Fort Avenue Church of Christ hired me in 1991. In Lynchburg, I have served Fort Avenue C.o.C. for over 20 years and have seen the ups and downs of leading the people of God, the trials and challenges of loving the people of God and leading my family along the way. While many have come and gone, mainly due to going to be with the Lord, I have enjoyed living in Lynchburg, VA and shepherding the people God has given me thus far. If you’re reading this and have not visited yet, please do so, I would enjoy meeting you.