I teach Summit Worldview and Apologetics classes. If you have high school or college age children (or if you yourself are high school or college aged), I invite you to read through the information on this website and see if this might be for you and your family. And, make sure to check out the short videos on www.Summit.org and www.UnderstandingTheTimes.com
Here's a very short version of my Life Story:
Having grown up here in Houston, it was during my first semester of college (at the University of Houston) that I came to truly believe in Jesus Christ, personally receiving Him into my life as Savior and Lord. This might better be described as falling crazy in love with Him because he first showed Himself to be crazy in love with me. Entering into this saving relationship with Jesus changed everything — my heart, my thinking, my hopes and dreams, my plans and purposes, everything. Since the moment of my salvation, Jesus has defined and directed and permeated my life, through the good and the bad, the high points and the valleys, the sweet successes and the miserable failures. His grace has been amazing, His loving-kindness never-ending, His patience inexhaustible, His pursuit relentless, and His mercies new every morning! Sharing this love relationship with my Creator/Redeemer — seeking to love, worship, and obey God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — this is, by far, the greatest reality, the greatest passion, the greatest purpose in my life. Everything else, even the best of His gifts, including my precious wife and children, everything takes a distant back seat to the personal relationship I have with God, a relationship that is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and sovereignly offered to a wretched, rebel sinner like me. How beautifully breathtaking!
Following my supernatural conversion to Christ, I took a semester away from college, spending five months in Yosemite National Park in California where I was discipled by a very patient group of believers at a small Baptist church. They baptized me in the Merced River, taught me basic Christian doctrine, and just really loved on me well, showing me the heart of Christ in so many ways.
I then returned home and attended Sam Houston State University in Hunstville for one year, majoring in choral music. While at Sam Houston, I got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU) and ended up doing several extended ministry projects after my year at Sam, including a three month youth camp in Mississippi (Kings Arrow Ranch), an Institute of Biblical Studies at Arrowhead Springs in California, and six months in the Philippines showing the Jesus film, doing evangelism, and working in local churches.
My time in the Philippines led to the next step in my journey... Biola University in La Mirada, California. Working my way through college as a live-in counselor at a group home for troubled adolescents, I received my B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola in 1985. Then, having spent over four years in church youth ministry (Fellowship Bible Church and then Scofield Memorial Church) I received my ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1992.
I’ve been married to my wife, Diane, for 34 years. We have four amazing children (25, 18, 16, and 12) and one very adorable 4-year-old grandson.
Diane and I have ministered together in several churches in the U.S., overseeing youth, college, and singles ministries before becoming church planters. We’ve also done some fairly extensive short-term ministry in Asia (the Philippines), Latin America (Mexico, Venezuela, Suriname, Colombia, and Cuba), Europe (England, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, and Romania) and the Middle East (Turkey and Syria), seeing Jesus build His kingdom in a great variety of cultures while gaining invaluable exposure to Islam, cultural Christianity, communism, socialism, animism, New Age, and secular humanism.
In 2008, I brought my family and moved back to my hometown of Houston. We are members of WoodsEdge Community Church, and I’m a member of the "One Mission" pastoral association of The Woodlands area churches. Right now my family and I and a handful of sweet Christian friends are in the beginning stages of planting a new church with the emphasis on redemptive relational encounter. I'm also trying to get more involved in ministry "in the city."
My wife and I have home schooled all four of our children in different seasons as we sensed the Lord's leading. We've also spent some time in private and public schools. We used to be a part of a wonderful home school co-op called FAITH of Northwest Houston, where I taught for four years. Teaching Worldview and Apologetics classes is truly one of the funnest and most rewarding things I've ever done. I love teaching, and I love my students and count it such a great privilege to be able to pour into the lives of these potential-packed, future ambassadors of God's kingdom as they prepare to permeate their culture with the gospel, invest in eternity, and change the world, one life at a time.
In addition to the wonderful work of serving Jesus and those He died for, I also greatly appreciate His gifts of rest and recreation. I especially enjoy playing (and sometimes coaching) a variety of sports — pretty much anything (other than golf) that involves a ball. We did sports at the YMCA for many years. We also do musicals with National Youth Theater. My family and I love all kinds of outdoor activities, especially when they involve mountains, beaches or any body of water big enough to fish. We also enjoy playing games together, especially Pinocle and other card games. And we all love reading. My favorite part of the day is when I get to read the Bible with my kids. And our Bible reading time leads into all kinds of discussions about a seemingly endless variety of topics. [Note: My kids don't hardly ever do any kind of video games or social media. There's just too much cutting-edge research from places like MIT on the deeply destructive impact of this stuff in the lives and brains and relationships of young people.]
My life verse is Philippians 1:21, “To live is Christ!” I also meditate daily on the fact that the Lord's joy is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). And I constantly find myself drawn to Paul's final words in 2 Timothy, especially chapter 4, verses 6-8. My great life aim is to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself (Mark 12:30-31).
My personal, missional life vision is this: "The daily pursuit of redemptive relational encounter with God, with other followers of Jesus, and with those who don't yet know Him." This statement sums up what I hope to do and what I hope to help others do between now and heaven, whether through my teaching, writing, speaking, shepherding, mentoring, or going on mission trips.
Finally, I have a passion for “transformational teaching,” teaching that changes lives. The Bible has been my primary text for 35 years, and it will always remain foundational for all other studies. It is with this biblical foundation that I've seen the study of Worldview and Apologetics make an especially powerful impact on young people (and older folks too!). So I’m very excited about teaching Summit Ministries’ Understanding The Times worldview curriculum. This next school year will be my fifth time teaching through Understanding the Times. I've also attended a week of Summit's worldview teacher training in Colorado. To facilitate biblical worldview teaching (for myself and eventually others with the needed expertise and desire), four years ago I launched a project called Summit Academy of Christian Worldview and Apologetics (SACWA). And this website is the result of that new teaching venture. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by what you read here. Please don't hesitate to call, text, or email me with any questions you may have. My cell number is 346-328-2616.
I would definitely covet your prayers for this endeavor. Without sufficient prayer, we are liable to be sunk before we even leave the shore. This is because without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5)! And without the enablement of the Holy Spirit, we are powerless at best (Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:19-23; 5:18).
Blessings to you and your family,
Soli Deo Gloria!