I graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1971 and enlisted in the
Navy that same year. After boot camp I was assigned to Polaris Electronics "A"
school followed by "C" school where I was trained as a NAVDAC Technician. I
reported aboard the U.S.S. John Marshall SSBN-611 in July 1973 where I
served as a Navigation Electronics Technician until August 1977. During that
four-year period-of-time, I completed four patrols (3 in the Atlantic and 1 in the
pacific), and a shipyard overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo,
California. While serving on the John Marshall I qualified in submarines,
qualified as Navigation Center Technician and Navigation Center Supervisor,
as well as Below Decks Watch in port.
In August 1977, I was transferred to the Fleet Combat Training Center in Dam
Neck, Virginia, as a NAVDAC Instructor. While there I was selected as
Instructor of the Quarter twice and received the award of Master Training
Specialist. It was also while stationed at Dam Neck that I completed my
Associates degree from The University of the State of New York, and my
Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale.
I left the Navy in August 1980 for the purpose of attending Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and eventually entering
into the ministry. I did, however, stay in the Naval Reserve and retired in
December 1994 as an Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer. During my
reserve time I served as an ETC in the following Units: NAS Key West, U.S.S.
Proteus, and AMCC 1160 (a mobile communications unit).
After graduating from seminary, I served as a bi-vocational pastor in
Weatherford, Texas. That means the church was too small to pay me a salary,
so I had to have a secular job to pay my bills. I worked this way for 15-years at
Lockheed-Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth. During that
period-of-time, I served as the F-16 Fighter Aircraft Training Manager for the
Air Forces of Israel, Turkey, Egypt, and Taiwan. I retired from Lockheed in
February 1999 and went into full time ministry. I have served churches in
Georgia, Hawaii, and now Arkansas.
I met my wife Gloria while at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. We actually met
in church and were married six-months later, August 30, 1975. We have two
daughters. Our oldest is Lisa (33) and is a Lt. Commander. Our youngest
daughter is Tami (27). We have two grandsons: Brady (5) and Liam (3