I grew up on a small farm near Mountain Grove, Missouri and was baptized into Christ in 1972. I attended the University of Missouri and then became a high school teacher in Carl Junction, Missouri where I met a beautiful girl from a sheep farm. My wife Kim and I married in 1986 and a year later I returned to school in agricultural economics at Texas A & M and gained greatly from the Christians in Bryan/College Station, Texas. After my graduation we moved to the suburbs of Washington DC and lived there for five years and worshiped at the Arlington church of Christ where I became a deacon working with the education ministry. We moved to Starkville in 1997 with our three children - Kenton, Kara, and Kelly. We have love serving in this congregation ever since. I became an elder in 2014.
My favorite verse is James 1:22-25
"Do not merely listen to the word, and deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it...not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it...they will be blessed in what they do."