I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. I graduated from Marshall University and moved back home to start my post graduate employment. I have been in public education in WV since 1980, with one year in another profession. I am currently principal of Huntington Middle school in Huntington, WV.
After college graduation, while in Charleston, I began attending Randolph St. Baptist church. One of the members, an aspiring young preacher, was attending Henry Mahan’s preacher school. Through him, I became acquainted with Henry and 13th St. Baptist church, in Ashland, KY. I attended several worship services back in the early 80’s and listened to many of pastor Mahan’s messages. Brother Henry preached a message I never heard before. It was the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I have been a member at 13th St. Baptist church since 1996. I work in Huntington, but I found myself traveling to Ashland a minimum of three times a week for service. Many weeks, I would make extra trips for fellowship with the brethren. I moved to Ashland, KY from Huntington, WV, in 1999. In 2003, Henry retired and pastor Bill Parker, from Eager Ave. Baptist church in Albany, GA, was called to Ashland. Brother Bill asked me to teach some bible classes. Then one day he asked me to preach in the pulpit. The rest is history.”