Though reared in a non-Christian home, I was introduced to Jesus Christ on March 30, 1953 at a Youth For Christ Bible Club. My conversion produced a strong desire to know the scriptures and to nurture a personal relationship with Christ. This was enhanced through a Child Evangelism club, YFC Bible quizzing and the encouragement of older Christians.
It was at Lancaster School of the Bible that I made a public commitment to foreign missions. During further studies at Washington Bible College, Joanne and I were married in 1963 after which we were accepted as missionaries to Brazil with South America Mission. We served during those eleven years in tribal and urban ministries as church planters and Bible teachers. The Lord redirected our steps in 1975 through the illness of our daughter Debbie. A short pastorate was served while she received cancer treatments in Tennessee. An appointment to serve as candidate secretary with Berean Mission was accepted in 1979 that exposed me to missions on a worldwide scale. By 1986, I was invited to chair the mission program at Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia. This was our ministry for nearly 17 years, during which time we saw numerous graduates enter 25 mission fields of service. Post-graduate studies were completed at Grace Seminary in 1997. In July 2003 God relocated us to Lynchburg, VA where I now teach at Liberty University’s School of Religion. From my conversions, missions have been and continue to be a major focus of my life.
Joanne and I have four grown children, all professing Christians and desirous to serve the Lord. Joanne is a registered nurse and is very hospitable to students, missionaries and friends, along with a constant desire to mentor young women.