Office Phone: 
336-292-9125, ext. 105

I grew up in and around Baltimore, MD, and received my B.S. degree in Business Administration from UNCG in 1984. I began serving First  Lutheran in January, 1997, after 7 years with Ebenezer Lutheran in Columbia, SC, where I earned my M. Div. degree at Lutheran Seminary in 1989. One of my favorite Bible stories is Mark 9:14-29, in which the  father of a boy who needs healing says to Jesus, "I believe; Help my unbelief!" A favorite quote from Martin Luther (one which we all  struggle with) is, "The church exists in a constant state of reform." 

My wife, Cindy, is a teacher, and our daughter, Katie Bess, graduated from UNC-Asheville, got her Masters of Social Work from UNC-Chapel and has just accepted a job there.   For leisure and recreation I enjoy music, movies, cooking, tennis and basketball. 

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