In August 2010 Carol and I returned to the United States for a year of deputation. We plan to move back to Mexico City in 2011 where I will be director of the One Mission Society ministries in Mexico. During the years we have been away from Mexico the ministries there have grown and now include: the Biblical Seminary of Mexico with an extension campus in Guadalajara, Torreon, and north Mexico City; 12 established churches; 55 house churches; evangelism teams planting new churches; English language classes being used as a means of evangelism; Street Kids ministry includes a ‘drop-in center’ where kids can bathe, wash clothes, learn a trade, eat nutritious food and hear of the love of Christ. Within the next two years six new missionary families will arrive in Mexico City, you can see from the list above there is plenty of work for everyone! While directing the ministries in Mexico, I will continue traveling to Venezuela twice annually to teach at the Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela.
After graduating from Asbury University, Carol and I joined One Mission Society in 1975. Our first assignment was to do youth evangelism and discipleship in Medellín, Colombia. In 1979 we returned to Wilmore, Kentucky, where I attended Asbury Theological Seminary. I completed a master of divinity degree specializing in historical theology in 1982 and a master of arts in religion degree in hermeneutics in 1983. In 1985, we returned to Colombia, where I taught Greek, Bible, discipleship and theology courses at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín. Carol served as coordinator for women’s discipleship groups, translator of student testimonies and hostess to OMS guests. While there I translated three books into Spanish and wrote books in Spanish on the study of Hebrew poetry and the Holy Spirit.
Carol and I were assigned to One Mission Society headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, in 1989. While there I served as director of Homeland Ministries. On a survey trip to Eastern Europe in 1991 I saw the potential for OMS ministry in Hungary. We accepted the challenge and founded the OMS work in Hungary. From 1992-1997 I was field director, taught at the John Wesley Bible College and the Central European Bible Institute, directed the evangelism teams, began the English summer camp program at which over 200 teens found Christ, mentored missionaries from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and South Korea. Carol served as hostess for the OMS missionaries serving around the country and work teams from the US, Canada and Great Britain, while overseeing the education of our children.
In 1997 we became members of The Mission Society for United Methodist as well as One Mission Society and moved to Mexico City where I was professor and academic dean of the Biblical Seminary of Mexico, served on a church planting team, and was a member of the leadership committee for the ministries in Mexico. Carol filled positions as field treasurer and was director of the school for missionary children.
Carol and I moved to Barquisimeto, Venezuela, in 2006 to work in cooperation with Venezuela NOW to found the Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela and help establish the United Methodist Conference of Venezuela. I taught the first seminary courses, along with Methodist Bishop, Fernando Paloma of Costa Rica, in 2002. I continued to teach four times a year prior to our full-time assignment. While we lived in Venezuela I was academic dean of the seminary, which has 150 students, and mentored pastors. Carol served in ministry to pastors’ wives and missionary families, as hostess to visiting professors and was treasurer of the seminary and mission. On August 14, 2010 the Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela surprised me with an honorary Doctor of Theology and Sacred Letters degree.
While in the United States we make our home in Ball Ground, Georgia. We have two children: a daughter, Sharyn, and a son, Blair, who both graduated from Asbury University. Sharyn is married to James Reyes and they live in the Washington, DC area. Sharyn teaches AP history in a private Christian school. Blair lives in Hollywood where he is pursuing the ministry God has called him to in the film industry.