Welcome to My Music
Hello, friend! Thank you for your interest in my music!
For most of my adult life I have had the privilege of serving congregations as a Baptist pastor (the ecumenical progressive kind!), but my avocation as singer, guitarist and songwriter has brought a deeper joy to my spiritual journey. Whether mounting the pulpit to preach a sermon or stepping onto a stage to sing one of my songs, I bring two instruments -- guitar and voice -- to offer my interpretation of life and faith.
In my songwriting and preaching I strive to give voice to the ambiguities of human experience, particularly as known in the struggles of men and women of faith in their search for meaning. Moreover, my creativity is inspired by my own experiences with love and loss, hope and despair, faith and doubt, desire and regret, longing and contentment.
An accident at age nine led to the almost-complete loss of use of my right arm. Only two months later, I began a lifelong love affair with music, learning to play guitar against all odds (thank God for thumb picks!). This defining chapter of my life story is the basis for much of the resilience, determination and tenacious hope I long to express through sermon and song.
For me the abiding metaphor for such resolve is found in the endurance of the Lone Cypress (pictured) near Monterey, California. In 2003 my song "Lone Cypress" won 2nd place in the General Category of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the Merlefest Music Festival in Wilkesboro, NC.
In January 2007 I was invited to sing my original song “Day of Jubilee” at the inaugural gathering of the New Baptist Covenant in Atlanta, GA before the opening address by former President Jimmy Carter. An assembly of over 15,000 strong, this historic meeting was the very first national interracial gathering of Baptists to worship together and consider ways to promote Christian unity through mission and compassionate service.
It is my joy to serve as pastor of Triangle Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC (since October 15, 2006). I received the Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Campbell University (1978) and the Master of Divinity (1981) and Master of Theology (1984) degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While at Southern Seminary, I was honored to serve as a Garrett Teaching Fellow in the Department of Christian Preaching. While I've been fortunate to publish a few professional articles, I remain most grateful for having received the Norman W. Cox Award in 1987 for the best article published the previous year by the Baptist History and Heritage Society.