I was fortunate to be born into a home in Amarillo, Texas, where my parents loved and faithfully served the Lord. My dad was a bi-vocational minister of music at a Baptist church serving alongside my uncle who was pastor. I distinctly remember many nights lying in bed wondering and worrying about what would happen to me after death. This concern opened the door for my parents to share the gospel with me, and I accepted the free gift of salvation at age 8.
After moving to Plainview, Texas, in 1961 and graduating from high school in 1969, I went to Baylor University where I spent four years pursuing everything but Christ. I was away from home and was accountable to no one, I thought. Following graduation, I moved to Dallas to work for a national public accounting firm. In 1976, following a short courtship, I married my wife, Cindy, and we moved to Waco and became active members of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. After the birth of our son, Paul, in 1981 we returned to Dallas. We immediately joined a large Baptist church and taught children's Sunday School for 10 years.
Our first exposure to the home group model and what it meant to live and walk in true biblical community was when we joined Dallas Bible Church in 1993. Following the death of my brother-in-law and sister in the late '90s, we truly learned what it meant to be loved and ministered to by a home group and the importance of community.
As is now true for many at The Village, we were first invited to attend by our son who became a covenant member following his college graduation. Truthfully, when we first visited in 2005, I couldn't envision how we would fit in. We were older than most, and I couldn't imagine how you would ever get to know anyone with so many different services. However, we followed where we knew the Lord was leading and became covenant members in the summer of 2006. After getting involved in a home group and various ministries, it didn't take long to realize why He had brought us there.
My spiritual growth has been exponential since coming to The Village. I was humbled to be considered for eldership and through the process grew to love the men that I serve alongside, as well as the church staff. My wife has been blessed by leading a women's Bible study in our home and we look forward to many more years of service here. Our daughter, Whitney, is now a covenant member, as well, and it is a thrill for us, as parents, to all worship and serve together as a family.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope and vision for The Village is that we continue to teach and preach the gospel above all else and that we are faithful to scripture. I want us to not be so wrapped up in ourselves that we fail to seek out others to minister rather than waiting for them to come to us. I pray for more men and women to rise up as mentors and disciplers so we can strive to "present everyone mature in Christ" as we are called to do in Colossians 1:28.