I am a retired ordained pastor in the Mississippi Annual Conference of theUnited Methodist Church. I received my undergraduate degree from Delta State University in Cleveland,Mississippi, and an M.R.E. from Southern Seminary in Louisville,Kentucky. I did additional study at New Orleans Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary. I earned a Doctor of Ministry in leadership development from Princeton Theological Seminary.
For over ten years I have written adult curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee. My most frequent assignments are for the International Sunday School lesson, student and teacher. Approximately one half million copies of the student edition are sold each quarter.
My passion is exploring ways the Christian church can become more effective in its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. My personal mission statement reads, “My mission in life is to help as many people as possible find well-being in life (happiness, joy, peace, meaning and purpose) by assisting them in a process of identifying and carrying out their mission in life.”
I have had a life-long interest in wholistic ministries that meet the spiritual, material, and emotional needs of others. I served as organizing chairman of Helping Hands of Columbus, Mississippi and Helping Hands of Cleveland, Mississippi. These organizations help with all kinds of human needs in their communities. They have now been in operation for almost 25 years.
I enjoy traveling domestically and internationally, having visited over 35 countries and all 48 lower states. I also enjoy reading, running, and bicycling. I am most proud of my wife, Robin; three children; and seven grandchildren.