I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but lived in New Orleans until I was nineteen. I am the third son, fourth born child of 16 siblings. I enlisted in the Navy in 1969, during the Vietnam War, and served for four years. After military service, I lived on Oahu, Hawaii and later became a jewelry engraver for the next 24 years. I moved from Oahu to Phoenix in 1993 and became an officer with the Department of Corrections for 22 years.
 Though I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I did not become a believer until 1980 after being invited to a Jimmy Swaggart Crusade. I was later a member of both the Assembly of God and the Foursquare churches. During my time with these organizations, I went on several ministry tours to the Western Pacific Islands (Palau, Majuro, Pohnpei, Guam, etc.), was a member of the worship ministries, and was a Cell group (R.C.) leader. I began attending Redemption Arcadia about 2013 and was immediately drawn to the church from its expositional teaching of the Word and weekly communion. Additionally, I am deeply moved by the passion I see in the young people for the Lord through their service and commitment to the church. I am honored to be a member of this Redemption community.