I am the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Conway, Arkansas. I love this work! Playing guitar, writing, and theological conversation are favorite pastimes. My wife, Deidre is also an ordained United Methodist minister, and we have three wonderful children, all adults, and two grandchildren. I hold degrees from the University of Central Arkansas (BA), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div), and Southern Methodist University (D.min).
For several years I worked on a Conference staff in the area of congregational development and led an intentional process — not a program — called Connected In Christ. Our charge was to “facilitate the connections needed for faithful and fruitful ministry.” We connected pastors together for peer learning, support, and inspiration. We connected pastor and lay leadership together for visioning and growth. We connected leadership team to coaches and resources to help them lead congregations in every increasing faithfulness and fruitfulness. I watched this multifaceted process of connecting bear great fruit in the lives of clergy, congregations, and conferences. While our Conference has moved to other models, I continue to hear frequently about the impact of this ministry. I am grateful.
This website takes the name, Connected In Christ, in part out of honor, in part to facilitate the same connections and conversations, and in part because this title expresses my hope for the Church, that we would be connected and united, not in our opinions or expressions of ministry, but in the One who loves us and calls us to grow in this love. The Church, with its great diversity of gifts and ministries, gives us this opportunity. May every word here facilitate and inspire connections and conversation that leads to growth in faithfulness and fruitfulness. That is my prayer.