344In all honesty, I did not want to be a minister. I told God I would be a good Elder; I would be a wonderful layperson in the church; just don’t ask me to be up front. As someone once said, if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him your plans. I have now been in the ministry going on 22 years and I look forward to my time here with Slateville and Slate Ridge Presbyterian Churches.

I spent 7 years working for a bank in Shreveport, LA; I worked for 3 different Business Schools in Baton Rouge and Lancaster. Whe we moved to PA it became obvious to my wife and I that I was supposed to go to seminary. I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do or where I was going to serve as a minister, but that was really God’s job; mine was to be prepared.

I served my first church for 9 years. I have since served 6 Presbyterian churches and 1 Lutheran church as an Interim pastor. While I enjoyed my time as an Interim I missed not serving a church I could call my own. I’m currently serving as pastor to both Slateville and Slate Ridge Churches.

One of the things I have discovered after all these years is that no one has figured it out; no one knows how to make this thing we call “church” work. And I’m of the opinion that we are not supposed to. This is God’s church; not yours and certainly not mine. We are supposed to be prepared for whatever God is going to do and wherever God is going to send us.

So, I’m excited about being here. I’m excited about the new opportunities God is opening up for us. I’m looking forward to serving God with you.