A Servant of Jesus

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.

The Burning Question Series of Sermons

The congregation requested sermons that related to questions of faith they had.  For the Burning Question Series, click here.

I am, by God’s grace, 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 (2 Thessalonians 1:8), if they remain faithful (Rev 2:10).

I am a Christian, saved by the grace of God through faith and obedience (Matthew 7:21, James 2:24).

I am saved IN baptism BY grace FOR good works.

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.

Job 32:17-22 (NIV2011)
17 I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know. 18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; 19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. 20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. 21 I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone; 22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.