I was born in Inman, in the foothills of the mountains (my grandfather, who helped raise me, used to say “Boy, if you can’t see Hogback Mountain, you’re too far away!”). We moved a lot growing up, but always came back to the Spartanburg area. I graduated from Dorman High School, went on to college at Brevard, Georgia State, and USC-Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate). I worked for Milliken in research, doing polymer chemistry work, then took some time to live and work for US Civilian Personnel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. I returned to the US, graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory, and started serving churches in SC. I have served Fingerville-Cherokee Springs (Spartanburg), Grace (Charleston), Wood’s Chapel (Greer), Ben Avon-Glendale (Spartanburg), Centenary (Charleston), Bethel (Oswego), and Cayce.
My beautiful wife Cathy and I have been married ten years. We enjoy hiking, especially in the mountains, movies, cooking, reading, traveling, and going to shows at the Florence Little Theatre. I like to sing and play guitar, and Cathy tells me she likes to hear me sing “On a hill far away…..very far away!” We do not have any children, though we are the best uncle and aunt anyone could have.