5514 Pinnacle Lane
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
To God be the glory. Great things He has done. He’s looked upon me, a sinner, knowing everything there is to know about me. Yet through His incredible grace and mercy, which obviously knows no bounds, He has made me a part of His family. I’m alive because of Christ. I have new life because of the love, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He told me to repent and believe and with His help, I have done so and will continue to do so until He decides my time here is done. I began my relationship with Christ at age 16 as a youth in a small group, there to just fulfill requirements to go on a trip. I was convicted of my sin, hypocrisy, and rebellion and was quickly shown the overwhelming divine response of the cross that Jesus bore in my place. Since then, God opened different doors of ministry in college. I began learning what it meant to shepherd through the help of faithful ministers of the gospel both in Russellville, AR and Louisville, KY. God led me into the ministry and brought my wife and I through seminary. We are now enjoying life here in Pine Bluff and at Watson Chapel Baptist Church. God is gracious to the most unworthy of sinners.
Philosophy of Youth Ministry
Gospel is Primary
Students are sinners bound for hell apart from repentance and faith in Christ. Their infinite need for Christ is the same as it is for adults as well as children. Even in the midst of a very anti-God culture (why are we surprised?), God has a plan to use every one of them for His glory right now, not just in the future. They need to repent. They need to believe. They need to learn what it means to trust God during the hard times and to praise Him in the good times. They need to learn what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, one that is lasting, so they don’t leave the faith the first chance they get.
Fun and Enjoyable
Youth ministry is fun. Period. One of the greatest fears of students and a false stereotype about believers is that Christians don’t have as much fun as the rest of the world. I would argue the truth is just the opposite. We have more fun! Our fun has no regrets, guilt, or shame. We have fun because we’ve been set free from the power of sin, and the glory that awaits us is mind-blowing! Our fun is clean, awesome, and allows us to enjoy life the way God intended, within the parameters of His life-giving principles.
Church = Hearing God’s Word and Doing It
I feel like most youth have been robbed of one of the most important aspects of the Christian life intended for all believers, being part of the whole church. Suffice it to say that I believe the youth must be a part of worship and service with older generations and with those younger than them. Not only does it point to our unity in Christ, but sets up opportunities for youth to learn from the wise and practice responsibility to take care of the old and the young. Titus 2 (whole chapter) is a beautiful vision for church that I believe God expects us to follow.
Parents are Vital
Students are at home far more than they are at church. Whether it’s for better or worse, we can all quote our parents more than we can our youth pastors. We all have a bunch of stories about what our parents did in raising us and how we saw them respond to life. Parents hold the primary influence in their child’s life. From a young age, we interpret life through the choices of our parents and their involvement/absence in our lives. The youth ministry is a tool of the parent in their raising up their children in the faith. The youth pastor is a trusted ally and resource in this great task. His job is to equip parents to do their jobs well in the home. Faith only at church is no faith at all. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Statement of Belief
I support the work of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. I affirm the Baptist Faith and Message and fully support the recent 2000 revision. I believe the Bible is both inerrant and infallible. I consider myself a theological conservative.