PASTOR & DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE
I graduated from Southern Illinois with a Bachelors degree in Education. Shortly after receiving my degree, I began to teach at Granite City High School for one year and then felt a call to ministry. I began attending seminary and met my wife, Kathy. After our marriage and subsequent graduations, we answered the call to foreign missions in Seoul, South Korea. With our five-year-old daughter, Heather, we moved to South Korea and fell in love with the people God had called us to serve. During that season of life we also adopted our second daughter, Kristin. After ten years of loving and caring for the people of South Korea, Kathy was diagnosed with cancer and we came stateside to fight for her life. Kathy succumbed to cancer when the girls were 16 and 8. Through the saddest season of my life, God provided the motivation to persevere. Even though it was a time of such anguish, I came to understand the depth of God’s love and care.
Today Heather is a college professor in criminal law. Heather is also a mother of three, two of whom she adopted from Guyana, South America, while stationed there with her husband, Ryan, at the US Embassy where he served as a Naval Officer. Ryan, Heather, Fiona, Micah and Elijah now are stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. My second daughter Kristin brings so much joy to my life and the world through her sweet and gentle nature, and she is married to the love of her life, Patrick. They reside in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Though my daughters are far in distance, they continue to be an active and vital part of my life and each bring me so much joy.
In 2012, as I was serving as the Discipleship Pastor at Christian Life Center in Dayton, Ohio overseeing their small group ministry, I met Phyllis Johnson who was the Director of Connections here at Lancaster Community Church at the time. And in January 2013, I married that sweet girl, Phyllis, and we discovered that second chances are a beautiful gift our God offers.
My hope for Lancaster Community Church
My hope for the people of LCC is to glorify God (Habakkuk 2:14)
“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD”, to connect relationally with others and to know that as a believer you have been gifted for something greater than yourselves.