Home Phone: 740-924-8455
Cell Phone: 740-501-3769
Year of Baptism:
February 16, 1969
Favorite Bible Verse:
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13 and also “…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
Years at Pataskala:
27 years (began worshiping here in June of 1987 when we built a house in the area)
Positions of Leadership:
Previously a Deacon from 1988 – 1996; I have served as an Elder from 1996 to present
Years of Leadership:
8 years as a Deacon and 18 years as an Elder
The responsibilities I have in my role as an elder are multifold. As the Shepherd (Elder) of my flock (congregation) I must make an effort to attempt to establish a personal relationship with each of the sheep (members). I must have a knowledge of not only the spiritual needs of my members but must also attempt to satisfy their basic physical and emotional needs; to encourage, refresh and restore them. I must provide a listening ear and an open heart in an effort to comfort the weary or discouraged, or to bolster the faith of a member who is struggling. By my actions I must provide a positive direction of living by first of all “knowing the way”, and then, “showing” and “going” the way through attendance and attention at worship assemblies, doing personal work, restoring the erring, visiting the sick, comforting the sorrowing, and lifting up the faint-hearted as decreed by the word of God. I must strive to recognize, and then utilize, the talents of all the members. As an elder I must be willing to make sacrifices for, and be vitally concerned about, the life or spiritual welfare of the sheep.
The honor of serving as an elder in the Lord’s church is a great one as are the responsibilities one assumes in undertaking the role. It is tiring at times, many hours of sleep are lost and an innumerable amount of prayers are offered up; but it is always satisfying and rewarding. The great challenge to elders is to show a shepherd’s care for God’s flock so that, in that great day, the shepherd will be able to say, “All present and accounted for, Lord”!
My wife, Debbie, and I were married on September 2, 1977. Debbie was an elementary teacher for 30 years and retired in 2007. We have two daughters and one son-in-law. Meghan is a Registered Nurse at Mount Carmel East, Allison is a teacher for the Reynoldsburg City Schools and Allison’s husband, Mike, is a recent OSU grad in Education currently seeking his first teaching position.
I taught elementary (grades 4 – 6) for 14 years; middle school Math and Ancient World History for 10 years and was an elementary principal for 11 years. I retired from education in 2012 after 35 years.
I have always had an interest in collecting firearms and target shooting and, as such, my hobby became a second vocation. After retiring from education I applied for and received my Federal Firearms License and started a Firearms Sales business (High Caliber Firearms of Ohio) in my home.
My wife and I like to eat out and love to shop. We enjoy traveling throughout Ohio and seeing historical reenactment villages, visiting craft fairs, etc. We are also huge Disney fans and travel to Walt Disney World / Universal Studios frequently.