Background. I was born in Pennsylvania where my father pastored in the Free Methodist church. During my middle and high school years he pastored for the Bible Methodist denomination in Georgia, and then Birmingham, Alabama.
Education. My education background includes a Bachelor of Sacred Music in Music Education at God’s Bible School and College (Cincinnati, OH), a Master of Music degree at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the Doctor of Music Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Professional experience. I taught voice and church music on the faculty of God's Bible School and College for eleven years, followed by teaching assignments at Southern Seminary and in Campbellsville University’s adult program. I have served as worship leader for Mulberry Wesleyan Church, in Cincinnati, OH, and Grace Community Church of the Nazarene, in Louisville, KY.
Spiritual journey. When I was about eight I began to be interested in spiritual things. I don’t remember my conversion, but I do remember becoming aware that I needed Jesus, and I have placed my faith in him alone for salvation. When I was about fifteen, I chose to make finding God’s will for my life my highest priority. My life is fully consecrated to God and I am continuing to grow in His grace.
Call to Ministry. The call to full-time Christian service came to me as a growing persuasion. My parents considered it an honor to be in Christian service, and enjoyed investing in other people. An inner sense of God’s direction grew alongside opportunities to minister, and the affirmation of others when I did.
I believe worship is first for God’s pleasure, but that his great pleasure is to make us, his redeemed and loved ones, whole and complete. We worship by delighting in who God is and what he does, especially as we see him in the story of creation and redemption. But worship is more than what we do in church. It is a life poured out in love, constantly renewed in relationship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Worship ministry is also for those God loves, who have not yet owned him as Lord. I believe evangelism is God’s quest in time for worshipers in eternity.
Current work. At OCU I divide my time between the Registrar’s Office (as University Registrar) and the Music Department, where I direct the OCU Chorale and teach voice and church music courses.