Where’s your home? I live in Salem, Ala., and I was a member of Golden Acres in Phenix City. My original home was Birmingham. I left there to go into the Marine Corps and then I came home and went to Atlanta for work. I worked 10 years for a company called Merico, a bakery. I thought I’d retire from there. Then they were bought out by Keebler. So I came down this way and got in the cable business. I traveled a bit. I worked for Mallard Cable, based in Michigan, and I was in management in Alabama. In 2002, they sold out.
Where else do you work now? I’m the director of Pastoral Services at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital (in Phenix City); and I also work at the Ledger. I’m in telemarketing and collections. There’s a call center in Salem, at my home.
How’d you become a pastor? They were seeking one at Pleasant Grove. I’ve been pastoring since ’93 when I started doing interim work. On Saturday nights, I teach a Bible fellowship group at Golden Acres. I’ve worked in all areas of ministry. I went to Alliance Christian School and Catholic high school in Birmingham and I went to Liberty University in 1989-90. I’m back at Liberty online. … I just felt the call of God in my life. Some people thought I was crazy just to be an interim. But whatever you’re doing, the church needs people to love each other. From 1993-96, I was in a Southern gospel group called Happy Endings.
Who’s in your family? My wife, Sarah, is my best friend and partner. We’ve been married 27 years. We have three children and 11 grandchildren. We’ve been blessed. Ten are right around here and one is in New Orleans.
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Were you raised Southern Baptist? Yes. I joined the church at an early age. I had a salvation experience in the fourth grade when I was at Alliance.
How often do you work at the hospital? I work with seven pastors who rotate every seven weeks. We go to people who request a minister. A lot of our calls come in the morning before people are having surgery. We help bring comfort and assurance.
What are your hobbies? Spending time with my kids and grandkids. We like to do some traveling and camping. We’re a close family so I see them often. … I’m also involved in the upcoming National Day of Prayer. I’m the coordinating chairman for it, for the Lee-Russell Baptist Ministerial Alliance.
Note: The National Day of Prayer will begin with a concert at 5:30 p.m. May 6 at the Phenix City Amphitheater, followed by prayer 6:30-7 p.m. Donations will be collected for the ministerial alliance’s benevolence fund.