Stay in the Word is my life-work having been blessed by God to spend my life studying and teaching His Word. Whether large or small groups, one-on-one, or preaching, I have been committed to elevating the enthusiasm and responsibility of every child of God to be a student of God’s Word. Early in my life, I was challenged to make the character of my ministry be to energize believers to be capable holders of the Sword of God’s Word, carefully discerning its truths, searching out the scope and depth of God’s wisdom and developing the ability to disciple others to do the same.
From High School in Lakeland, FL, I went to Philadelphia College of Bible, where God established my heart in ministry and the Word. God led my wife & I together during this time and after two years there, we transferred to Baptist Bible College in Clark’s Summit, PA (now Summit University).
After serving in two Indiana churches, I joined Word of Life Local Church Ministries and represented that ministry in western Ohio, working to grow quality local church youth ministries throughout the area, equipping the leaders in their ministry and leading major youth events. After six years, God opened the opportunity for me to study at Grace Theological Seminary. We moved our family of 4 children to Winona Lake, IN and I worked my through earning an M.Div. My love for God’s Word deepened as I gained deeper knowledge of theology and original languages. God allowed me to enjoy another church ministry in Indianapolis with youth, Christian Education and music ministry, then He opened an opportunity for us to move our family of four children to Florida.
After moving to Tampa, FL, I experienced a major change in my life by finding employment by Chase Manhattan Bank. I proceeded to develop strong skills in technology management, project management and procurement, earned an MBA and spent the next 20 years with Chase and then Citibank in that discipline.
Before and during that time, as a layman I have continued through more than 40 years of life investing my energy in preparing and delivering adult Bible study programs in local church settings. I am amazed at the grace God has blessed me, my wife and my family with, and while I can see times when I wasn’t as close to Him as I should be, His grace remains abundant. My privilege is to continue my commitment to know, teach and enable others in God’s Word and encourage those I communicate with to develop a passion for God & His Word.