I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee with East Nashville FWB as my home church. I graduated from Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982 with a Master of Divinity. I also studied at Temple Baptist Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary, receiving the Certificate of Advanced Ministry Studies.
My pastoral experience began in 1982, serving churches in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee. Since 1995 I have served the Bethlehem FWB Church in Ashland City, TN.
At the outset of my ministerial career I served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve. I have also been a curriculum writer for Randall House Publications, and an adjunct instructor as well as an online facilitator for Welch College. I have had a weekly hour-long radio program called The Shepherd’s Hour on our local station, WQSV, for 18 years.
I have been active on both the quarterly and state levels of the denomination having served for two terms on the Tennessee Home Missions Board. In 2013, I was elected to the Commission for Theological Integrity.
Perhaps the most significant event in my life was when I married the former Miss Joy Ketteman in 1980. We have two grown sons, Benjamin Randal and Paul Daniel, as well as a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Faith, and a beautiful granddaughter, Melody Grace.
For the last few years when talking with my ministerial buddies, from time to time the subject of serving on some National board or Commission would come up. A few of my friends desired to serve with the Home Missions board; a few others coveted a place on the college board. My response was always the same: I would most like to serve on the Commission for Theological Integrity. The Commission serves the National Association by staying abreast of the ever-changing currents of the theological world and how they might impact our constituency. It is both a challenge and an honor to serve.