Responding to God’s call from the business world in 1992 to full-time vocational ministry, i joined the staff of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, Florida, serving as the associate pastor of administration and global mission. In 2004, God led my wife, LaVonne, our two teenagers and me on a Genesis 12 journey, that resulted in my serving with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. From 2006 until 2015, i served as the vice president of church and partner services of IMB, assisting churches across the US in mobilizing their members to make disciples of all peoples. Most recently, i served as the senior associate pastor of Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Today that Genesis 12 journey continues as i labor as a bond-servant of the Lord Jesus Christ in the proclamation of the gospel to the end that every person may be presented complete in Christ. The Lessons Learned In The Wilderness series is a collection of the lessons God has taught (and continues to teach) me and my family throughout our day-to-day journey with Him.
And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
(Col 1:28-29 NASB)