I felt called into ministry when I was 17 years old. Growing up in a small church in rural West Virginia I was surrounded by a loving group of people who believed in me and encouraged my spiritual journey.
In 1981. I packed my bags and moved to the Windy City, Chicago, to attend Moody Bible Institute. After graduating Moody, it was time to head south, where I took a position as a youth pastor at Northwood Baptist church. It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed more training so my new bride Cindy and I moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. Over the following years we had three amazing children: Brandon, Jordan and Brianna.
After graduating seminary, we moved back to South Carolina where I served for seven years as an Associate Pastor at Pawleys Island Community Church. An incredibly supportive group of people poured their best into me and gave me amazing opportunities to grow in ministry. It was there God birthed a vision in my heart to plant a church 30 miles North of Pawleys Island.
With the support of Pastor Bob Barrows and the church, we launched Carolina Forest Community Church in 1997. I served for seven wonderful years as the Senior Pastor at Carolina Forest before God began to lay a huge burden on my heart for Leadership Development. In 2004 after having lunch with Greg Surratt, Senior Pastor at Seacoast Church, he invited me to join Seacoast Staff to help develop leaders for their multi-site movement. I remained there as the Leadership Development Pastor for nearly seven years before accepting the call to start The Launch Network.
Four years into leading The Launch Network we changed the name to The Multiply Group and began serving Church Planting Organizations. In early 2015 God led Brian Bloye, the founder of Launch and I to give the Multiply Group to the North American Mission Board to use as their system for Assessing and Training church planters. The Multiply Group still serves under the direction of the North American Mission Board as a service to help other networks and denominations in their church planting efforts.
My passion is growing leaders for the local church. Every time I hear Bill Hybels say “The local church is the hope of the world” my heart comes out of my chest and it increases my sense of urgency for developing leaders who produce leaders.