I met Jesus for the first time when I was about seven years old. I kept meeting Jesus throughout my life. These became the most significant and impactful times of my life. It’s why I went to seminary. It’s why I love the local church. I love to tell people about who Jesus is, what He has done for me, and what He can do in the lives of other people.
Living in relationship with Jesus Christ is the one thing that defines my ministry. Following Jesus makes a difference in our self-understanding, our relationships and our purposes in life. I love working with people to help them understand what the gospel means for them in their everyday lives.I graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, I have pastored churches in South Carolina and Tennessee.
I became the senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in 1991. Just over ten years ago, I was part of starting Kairos, a ministry focused on young adults. When talking about Kairos, I still laugh about when I was asked to help start it. I told the young adults I would help them get Kairos started, but that I couldn’t do it all of the time. Ten years later, I am still the primary teacher of Kairos.
I’ve served on various boards throughout my career, including the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Board of Trustees of Belmont University, and I’ve just been asked to serve on the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I’ve also written two books, In Real Time and The Gospel of Yes.When I’m not at church, I’m usually at home hanging out with Jeannie, my wife and my best friend of 34 years. I love to read and enjoy nice dinners with friends. Jeannie and I have twin sons; Chris is married to Deb and Craig is married to Nan. I don’t believe they come to see me enough.To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or email. You may also want to follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page.
My goal is to have a conversation. I want to talk theology, marriage, relationships, discipleship, pastoring, church leadership, young adult ministry, and maybe even a little bit of politics occasionally, but only from a biblical perspective.