I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, which means I am a baseball fan and have no accent. At least that is what we like to believe in the Ohio Valley. The accent starts on the other side of the Ohio River in Kentucky.
My childhood was one that many wished they had. Loving parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, getting together as much as possible for simple backyard picnics and meals. There was Little League baseball, church, backyard baseball, youth group, watching baseball, school band concerts…you get the idea. I didn’t know then what I know now…I was tremendously blessed.
My salvation experience was kneeling at a wooden pew (okay, maybe the seat was padded) when I was 7 years old, as my mother asked if I wanted to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior. I did…and I did. I was Baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit on the same day when I was 16 years old.
With no intention of being in church ministry, I ended up at Southeastern Bible College (now a University) in Lakeland, FL. What can I say…the poster showed palm trees, sunshine and the beach. Not like Cincinnati. God knew what He was doing. It was there I was led into church ministry, and eventually met my beautiful wife, Tamara.