I was born in Columbia, Louisiana, but grew up in Lafayette. I have a B.A. in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as a M. Div. in Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Greek/New Testament from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
I became pastor of First Baptist Lafayette on June 19, 2005. Prior to that I served as pastor of churches in Natalbany, Livingston, and New Iberia, Louisiana for 13 years. I have served in numerous denominational positions and been involved in community service through the Rotary Clubs and on the Board of Directors for both ARC of Iberia and A Pregnancy Center and Clinic.
I believe that the role of the pastor is defined by Ezra 7:10 and Ephesians 4:11-13. Ezra devoted himself to study, to observe the Word of God, and then to teach God’s law to others. The Ephesians passage instructs us that God appointed pastor-teachers to teach God’s Word in such a way as to prepare the rest of the body for works of ministry until everybody reaches the fullness of Christ. I consider my greatest priority as pastor to preach God’s Word, and I take seriously the instructions given in 1 Timothy 4 “to take pains” with the task of preaching.