I am a North Carolina farm boy grown up to be a pastor in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. I served in 8 appointments in the Church covering an area from the North Carolina Line to a location only 10 miles from the White House in Washington D.C. and from the West Virginia hills to the Chesapeake Bay. I served small rural churches in the countryside and much larger parishes in the cities around the State. I was ordained Elder in the church in 1970 after finishing Seminary, all the time ministering in churches.
I have served in the church because I wanted to help people. I accomplished this not only in the church but also in the communities in which I lived. My service included stints in local volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, volunteer hospital chaplaincy and numerous civic groups.
After 37 years being a pastor I retired to Roanoke at which time my wife Louise and I were able to live in our own house for the first time since we had been furnished with parsonage housing for the entire 37 years of my ministry.
Two years following my first retirement from First Church, Newport News, Virginia, I was called back to the ministry to help out in The Boones Mill Church where I was for two and one half years. Also during that time I became Chaplain at the Roanoke United Methodist Home on Old Country Club Road, where I am still employed on a part time basis. In January 2007 I became Visitation Minister for Raleigh Court United Methodist Church and am still serving with all of you.
My wife Louise and I were married in 1990 and have six children between us. She has two sons and I have four daughters, children from our previous marriages. I am thankful to be able to continue to be useful in the mission of the church to which God called me so long ago.