I have enjoyed a career of conquering some relatively significant achievements. I loved taking things apart and seeing how they worked, and that led to a degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University (obtained during the great Coach Valvano years). I worked in machine shops, drove large trucks, and worked on power lines during the summers and joined NCR Corporation immediately after school.
My career soared as I won award after award. By the early 90’s, I had become the GM of the Retail Products Global Support Center. My career was really taking off (in the eyes of the world)…but something was missing. I finally figured out what it was when I gave my life to Jesus Christ on November 12, 1991. Until that time, I considered myself to be an atheist…and aggressively taught our 3 young kids that God did not exist. I am glad that I straightened out my life before damaging my family.
On October 9, 1996 God told me to leave NCR and give my life to Him in ministry. Lisa and I struggled with that decision, but I am glad that we obeyed. Now, after 20 years of being on staff at 12Stone Church, we have both been incredibly blessed by this journey. Over that time I have enjoyed leading and serving in just about every ministry team in the church. From the day we began attending this church, it has grown from average weekly attendance of only 57 people to over 17,000 at 9 different campus locations.
A few years ago I completed ordination, and I have led countless weddings, funerals, and ministries. I have had the honor to share my faith with hundreds of people who gave their life to Him as well. I had the opportunity to launch our Small Groups Ministry. I have led construction projects. I have been in the middle of launching all our new campus ministry teams. I have led our annual “Feed the 5,000” project, where we give out enough food to feed 25,000 people for a week. In 2014-15, I was the project manager of the launch of five new mobile campuses which are meeting in local area schools. Over 3,000 people stepped out of their comfort zones to reach new lives in their community.
And, I still get to invest much of my time solving problems (thinking like an engineer). What a joy and honor to have given my life for this worthy cause! I am writing this blog to see if it might be helpful to others who are in the journey…because I am so grateful for others who invested in me along the way.
Thanks for listening.