In 1956, my Dad and Mom packed up our small family and moved us from our home town in East Tennessee to Southern California. My Dad had accepted a job as a school teacher in the fast growing suburbs of Los Angeles and we eventually settled in La Puente. My Dad was raised in the Methodist Church and my Mom as a Southern Baptist. The folks made sure that we prayed at every meal and my Mom prayed with us kids almost every night. We always had a Bible in the house but, being part of the original "Television Generation", we were soon addicted to T.V. which hindered both our spiritual and academic growth. A more serious stumbling block was our membership in a local Methodist Church that taught what I later came to understand was a "Social Gospel" totally void of the true Word of God and faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. No one brought their Bible to Church. In fact, one of my early memories is of the Pastor shaking the family Bible in my Mother's face and saying "You don't really believe this stuff do you?" Church in those days was a cold and irrelevant place and Sunday school was one of the meanest collections of rough-necks I had ever encountered.
One day we attended a Billy Graham crusade at what was then Anaheim Stadium. Upon hearing the True Gospel, our normally quiet and reserved family, stood up at once when the invitation was given. We were saved, but without a solid Bible teaching Church, we did not grow spiritually for some time. At age seventeen, I discovered the Bible that my Grandmother had given me while unpacking at our new home in Alta Loma, California (soon to become the new city of Rancho Cucamonga). I began reading my Bible and discovered a totally New Way of life in Christ! God lead me to a genuine Bible believing Church and I have been blessed by Him ever since!
My beautiful wife Cathy, our two sons David and John, and I moved to the High Desert in 1987. We soon began attending Calvary Chapel High Desert with Senior Pastor Dennis Davenport, where we eventually became involved in the Missions Ministry. In 2007, Cathy and I (now empty nesters) moved here to Calvary Chapel Adelanto under Senior Pastor Rick Skelton. In March of 2009, I retired from 28 years of Public Service and Pastor Rick asked me to come on staff part time, which I was honored to do as a volunteer. Thank you Jesus! God is doing exciting things here at Calvary Chapel Adelanto!