As you read my Vision Statement I hope you sense the importance my family plays in my life. God first, family second…all the rest is ministry. To put it another way, I see my wife and two children as the most important ministry God has given me. When push comes to shove and sacrifices need to be made my family will win as they are the primary calling God has given me. I am extremely proud of each of them.
Nancy is a great wife, mother, friend and life companion. We met in college and have been journeying through life since we were 20 years old. An elementary education teacher by training she has spent time in the kindergarten, first grade, second grade and pre-k classrooms. She has used her leadership skills to serve as the director of daycare centers in New York and Massachusetts. Nancy is also an amazing and powerful teacher, leader and communicator when working with adults. While working in the classroom she developed an interest in conflict resolution which led to her pursuing and getting her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from UNC Greensboro in 2008. Her passion and energy around the issue is engaging and has led us to partner to start A Place in the Conversation. While I am a full-time pastor and my primary focus is First Baptist Kennett Square I use my spare time to support her in her work with A Place in the Conversation. It is exciting to live each day with her and there is not doubt that life has been an adventure. As we enter a new phase of life together it will be interesting to see where God leads us.
Our oldest child, Joseph, steps out of the nest this fall (2014) and heads off to college. He has completed a five year high school program where he graduates with a high school diploma and a 2 year BA college degree. He has participated in martial arts and is one step away from his black belt. Over the past few years he has found a love for theater and had roles in High School Musical, Godspell, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. As we look to head toward Kennett Square he will be off to NC State to study Computer Game Design. I can not begin to tell you how proud I am of the way he has learned to balance his work schedule (WalMart), school and other activities and do well in all areas. It is exciting to watch him prepare for the next steps of his life.
Rayann will make the journey with us to Kennett Square. She is completing her freshman year in high school. During the summer of 2013 I had the privilege of having her travel with me to Roatan. The trip opened her eyes to the reality that the world is very different than what we so often take for granted here in the United States. She looks forward to the day we will return so she can reconnect with friends and ministry teams we met on the island. Rayann enjoys participating in girl scouts, helping the four year old class at church and listening to music. She has grown into quite a strong, beautiful young woman. Her love of jokes…the kind that make you groan…will keep people laughing for hours. It will be exciting (and anxiety causing) to watch her continue to mature into the young woman God is calling her to be.