Close to the old
I had parents who loved me, but circumstances in life twisted my world
view. I managed to graduate high school, but I was a country boy gone
awry. Angry at the world, I was involved in underground music,
punk-skinhead subculture, and played in a thrashing band. I developed
issues with drugs and then trouble with the law.
3 months before my 27th birthday, the lifestyle I had been living caught up
with me. I was a broken man. I had tried pulling myself up by my boot
straps and changing my life, friends, and geographic location, but to no
avail. The 3rd week of April, 1994, I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and
was wonderfully saved.
I had the privilege to be part of a church that underwent a time of
revival in Peekskill, NY. It was a glorious time where many came
to the knowledge of Christ. The experience of being part of an
authentic movement of God will forever impact my ministry.
I attended an ordination on Staten Island on November 17, 1996.
It was there where I first understood God's call for my life. It was
a call I would run from for almost 4 years. During this very time,
the Lord brought Tricia into our church. We would be married on
September 20, 1997. She is a God called preacher's wife, and
the perfect wife for me.
Tricia and I went to Maine on our
honeymoon and would end up buying
an old farmhouse there the following
year. It took a year to improve the
property, but we moved into our "dream
home" in August 1999 to start a family.
Little did we know, God had moved us to
Maine so HE could work HIS perfect will
through our lives. Life was going to
quickly change. My son was born on
January 29, 2000. And I finally submit to
God's call on July 9,2000 at an old
fashioned tent meeting in Hiram, Maine.
This is an aerial shot of the country church
where I was trained and went to Bible
Institute.I would later pastor the church and
finish the new building. I began Bible
Institute in September of 2000.