My wife, Terry, and I have been blessed with four children, two girls (Nancy and Brittany) and two boys (David and Rusty).
Born in Illinois, I was raised in church with a strong influence given by my parents and grandparents. After high school, I attended the University of Missouri at Rolla and then joined the U.S. Navy. Serving over 20 years as a cryptologist, I retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. As happens with many, I drifted away from God at this time. The Father never gave up on me and placed a man in my life, during a very difficult period, who mentored me and I came home in 1982 doing my best to serve God since.
My entire life I have been a volunteer, attending National Aquatic School in Rocky Mount, Missouri and attaining certifications as a Water Safety and Handicapped Instructor, Small Craft Instructor, and First Aid/CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross. While serving in the Navy, I became certified as a motorcycle Safty Foundation Instructor by the National Motorcycle Safty Foundation and taught courses for many years. I served as a Webelos Leader and Scoutmaster and am a Wood Badge and Order of the Arrow member. I coached baseball and football during my boys growing years, was a baseball umpire and served as President of the Pensacola High Band Boosters for 8 years. Presently a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, I have served as Sargent-At-Arms, Secretary, Treasurer, and am presently the President of the local chapter. I serve on the board of Service Dog University, Inc (SDU) as a founding member and presently serve as Treasurer. SDU is a non-profit dedicated to training service dogs for individuals with special needs in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
Recently (2019), I was elected to serve as Deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a position I don’t take lightly. I consider this to be the most important position of all those I’ve held, allowing me to serve God and the family of Pleasant Grove. I teach the Men’s Sunday School class and assist the Pastor with the Sunday Night Bible Study. I wish to thank the family of Pleasant Grove for the privilege they have given me to serve.