A Servant of Jesus

I am a Christian (Acts 11:26), baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3) to wash away my sins (Acts 22:16). As a result, I was added by God to the one church that existed long before denominations ever came into being (Acts 2:47). That church belongs to Jesus Christ, as He purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28). I preach the gospel as was preached on Pentecost (Acts 2:22-39). Those who obey the gospel are added to the house of God (I Peter 4:17) and escape the fiery vengeance of Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:8), if they remain faithful (Rev 2:10). Therefore, I am a Christian, saved by the grace of God through faith and obedience (Matthew 7:21, James 2:24).

I have proudly served the Orcutt Christian Church since the summer of 1997.

I was born and raised in the little town of Tuskegee, Alabama.  I was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout. I am active in Amateur Radio. I Served with the United States Marine Corps in Korea during the Korean war, and with the United States Air Force as a Chaplain during Vietnam.

I have three outstanding daughters who contribute a lot to the Kingdom of God:

  Jeri Wise, Karen Keesler, and Gail Hurn.

I am married to Elizabeth, who has a daughter named Julia.  Elizabeth serves as the Youth Minister, and Julia is the harpist for Orcutt Christian Church.

I graduated from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary with a degree in theology.  CBS is the flag seminary of the church of Christ/Christian Church. Attended the Earlham College School of Religion for two years.  ESR is a Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition.  Graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling. Pepperdine is a school in the a cappella tradition.  D.Min. From Trinity Seminary, and a Doctorate in Practical Theology, (D.Pth) from the Master's Graduate School.

I have been privileged to teach at Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), University of California at Irvine, and several other colleges.

Psalm 21:4-6 (NASB)
4 He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever. 5 His glory is great through Your salvation, Splendor and majesty You place upon him. 6 For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.