GET TO KNOW:
ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR
YOUNG ADULTS & FAMILY LIFE
Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you come to First Lubbock?
Sheila and I and our three children moved to First Lubbock in July of 2008. We previously served at First Baptist New Orleans. We lived in Istanbul, Turkey for two years prior to moving to New Orleans. In Istanbul we started an English language business with the purpose of using English to build relationships as a way to share our lives and our faith. It also provided a legitimate way to live and work in Turkey for our family.
What do you love about our church?
There are a number of things that I love about our church. The first one is how warm, friendly, and inviting everyone is. Our members really go out of their way to meet and get to know those around them, especially in Sunday school classes. Sunday school is the door that opens up for guests to get to know others and build lifelong relationships. The second thing I love about our church is that we are not a typical downtown church. Many downtown 1st Baptist churches are more formal and traditional. Our church is vibrant, energetic, and reaching young families. It is an exciting place to be.
What's your favorite place you've visited?
My favorite place to visit was Frankfurt Germany during Christmas and being able to attend their Christmas festival with my family.
Other than Jesus, what historical figure would you most like to meet?
Abraham Lincoln - Although loved by many, some felt he was unqualified for presidential office, arguing he lacked the experience and strength necessary to run this country. His wife was the least favored of the Washington, D.C. socialites and was ostracized and ridiculed by the other political wives. During their marriage, Mary and Abraham buried three of their four boys, and depression and anxiety darkened not only their family life but his presidency as well. But aside from the death of their sons, perhaps the harshest reality Lincoln carried lay with the Civil War casualties. Nearly 750,000 men, women, and boys died fighting over states' rights and slavery during those four brutal years. Lincoln sacrificed much for a greater good, and after 150 years, this man remains a legend.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I love to play golf, which is one of the most frustrating sports designed by man, but one that is a lot of fun to play with friends.
What do you love most about First Lubbock?
I love First Lubbock because of the team we have in place here. I love the welcoming atmosphere of people in west Texas and the relationships and friendships that develop because people are so warm and inviting.
What would you say to a guest to encourage them on their journey to finding a church home?
We are a vibrant, growing congregation where you will find people that are warm and inviting. If you join us for Sunday school you will find small groups that will reach out to you and want you to become part of the family of faith. You will find great ministry programs for your youth, middle schoolers, preteens, children, and preschoolers. Our church has a heart for being on mission together, and I hope that you will come and join us.