I received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree equivalent from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. I spent 15 years serving in the Division of Naval Reactors, one of the top engineering organizations in the world, on nuclear submarine design, operation, maintenance, and overhaul.
Full-time vocational ministry was not my childhood dream! After a two-year, mid-career wrestling match with God, I was ordained into full‐time vocational ministry in 2000 as the Executive Pastor at New Life Christian Church where I played a visionary and strategic role as New Life grew and implemented key initiatives such as multisite, externally focused, and church planting.
New Life has served as my home base and sending church for over 20 years, enabling me to be part of a strong church planting church, and to serve nationally as a church multiplication advocate.
In addition to starting numerous national faith-based organizations, I served as the senior strategic associate and advisor to Bob Buford, author of the book Halftime and Founder of Halftime and Leadership Network. Bob’s mentoring for over a decade continues to shape my life and ministry values.
I currently spend most of my energy engaged in a portfolio of leaders and initiatives aimed at helping catalyze movements of healthy, reproducing churches.
I live in Durham NC with my wife Anna. We have two grown boys, Ben and Chris, who are in full-time ministry, two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Therese and Mariah, two grandsons Evan and Cayden, and a loyal Labrador Retriever named Ellie.