I'm a country boy
I was born in 1974 to converted United Methodist parents and grew up on, what was at the time, a medium sized farm. We grew anything from tobacco, to cucumbers for the local Mt. Olive Pickle Co., to corn, to hogs, and anything else that come from or got in the dirt.
I'm a Christian
I am humbly a follower of Jesus Christ. I must say I'm the first one to tell you I'm not perfect, but far from it. I thank the LORD for calling me and His Holy Spirit for drawing me and never giving up on me.
I'm a Baptist
All true Baptist are Christians, but not all Christians are Baptist. I was raised United Methodist for the first 16 years. I was invited to a revival at an Independent Baptist Church and was converted at 16 years of age. It's a long story, and over time my blog will reflect it, but I am distinctively Baptist by conviction.
We currently attend Faith FWB Church in Goldsboro, NC. While we do attend a National FWB Assocation church, it should be noted there are"little differences, but differences," between IFB*, SBC, and NFWB. At times, those differences are more glaring than at others. As before, we will discuss these differences and what they mean and don't mean as time follows.
I'm a Husband & Father
I married well above my station. My wife, Nikki, is a glorious wife and mother to our two young ladies. She truly is the Proverbs 31 wife and mother in so many ways.
I pastor a small community of people from Kirkwood Retirement Community in Goldsboro, NC. We call it "The Kirkwood Church." Sometimes we have 5 and sometimes we have 15, it depends upon everything from the weather to the time of year. I enjoy this more than I ever imagined I would from the beginning.
I went to Bible college at Crown College of the Bible in Powell (Knoxville area), TN in 2003 and eventually to Texas Baptist College, with the later being the single most worst decision of my life. After which I came home and worked in what had become the family trucking business for the next several years. In 2011, I went back to the local community college until it was financially untenable and then worked in the life and health insurance business. I now mix between working in the life insurance business and working with the cellphone carriers preparing for and during disasters.
*IFB: There is no one link out there for the Independent Fundamental Baptist, because after all, they are independent. I do not know anything about the linked to website, other than they had a great overall description of the IFB in general. Of course, the churches are just that, churches, and have complete autonomy. Different churches that are recognized as IFB can be wildly differing from one another.