As pastor of BBC, I am excited to see what God wants to do in this church as well as in the City of Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
I am a transplant from Ohio, and have lived in North Carolina for the past 25 years. It was the US Army that brought me to Fayetteville, and we have never left the state! My wife Lisa and I have been married for 30 years and have a son, Samuel, who lives in Concord NC, and a daughter, Julia, who lives in Jacksonville NC. We also have three wonderful grandchildren. We are glad you have stopped by our website, and want you to consider this website as just a first look at Bethlehem. Navigate through the website, learn who we are, look at some of our basic beliefs. Pull us up on Facebook or under the worship tab above or tune in to the radio a Sunday or two at 11:00am on WJCV 1290AM or 89.3 FM. Then, come out and make it to one of our services! I invite you to call ahead or send me an email saying you will be here on any given Sunday and I will look for you to show you around and help you fit in a little easier. We at Bethlehem welcome you with open arms, no matter your background, your vocation, your skin color, your religious traditions… we just want to share the timeless message of Jesus Christ in a fresh and clear way! I look forward to seeing you here!
We are here to Engage culture, Empower people to discover what God wants to do in their lives, and as a result, Endure to the end, walking by faith in this journey called life!
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.