The USMC brought Norma and I to Jacksonville in 1966. During that four-year enlistment, the Lord called me into the ministry of the Gospel. A Seminary Extension Diploma from the Southern Baptist Convention and 34 years serving three churches as Pastor has been an exciting journey of seeing lives transformed by the gospel. Following my time in the pastorate, I served on the staff of the New River Baptist Association (NRBA) as Baptist Center Ministries Director for two years and four months. Following, I then served as Director of
Missions for three years and eight months. I continue the process of learning from others, as an avid reader and being totally dependent on the inerrant Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
My wife, Norma and I have been married 55 years. She retired after twenty-three (23) years at Jones Onslow EMC. We have two daughters and their families. Jason and Kim and Elijah Barclift and Jody and Staci, Camron and Savannah Yopp. Our girls and their families are actively involved in serving the Lord. Kim is working on her PHD in music at UNC-G and Staci is Lower School Principal at Liberty Christian Academy in Richlands.
Since retirement in 2009, I have been blessed to serve in eight churches as Interim Pastor. God has blessed these congregations with growth and unity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Norma and I love to travel. Highlights include our travels in Israel and also taking the Journeys of the Apostle Paul in Rome and beyond. When the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, we hope to continue our travels.
I am a native of Wendell, NC and a graduate of Campbell University and a two-time graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. My wife, Ann, retired with 36 years of experience in preschool education. My daughter, Dana, is an attorney for Hunton, Richmond, VA.
I had an Air Force career and was blessed to have served off-base as a volunteer Minister of Education in four churches in NC, AK, NJ and in S. Vietnam. Later, as a pastor, I served five churches and also six churches as interim pastor (one church twice) after I retired. I have been active in the associations where I served and also served on the Board of Directors of the NC Baptist Convention from 2009-2012 and as Chair of the Investment and Audit Committees for two years.
As Minister of Pastoral Care, I will try to help those who are experiencing physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional challenges that life can bring. It includes hospitalization, nursing facilities, and the home-bound. It also means, I will have great opportunities to lead people to make professions of faith in Jesus Christ and to encourage people, without a local church home, to come and join Bethlehem and work with us to make a difference in our community. All believers are missionaries for God and we ought to be busy finding out what He wants us to do, while we are still on this earth. I challenge each person to be faithful to God, to be faithful to your family, and to be faithful to your church.