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, open-minded, progressive kind! and yes, there are a few of us left!), but my avocation as singer, guitarist and songwriter has brought an even deeper joy to my life 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 I strive to give voice to the ambiguities of human experience and to the struggles of faith in the search for meaning. My creativity is inspired by my own experiences with love and loss, hope and despair, faith and doubt, desire and regret, contentment and longing.
An accident at age nine led to a permanent disability of my right arm. Only two months later, however, 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 song.
For me the abiding metaphor for such resolve is found in the endurance of the landmark known as the Lone Cypress (pictured below) 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.
Most recently my song lyrics to "Only God Knows" appeared among the top twenty-five in American Songwriter magazine's Lyric Contest. In 2017 "Do What You Love" and "If These Walls Could Talk" were numbers 8 and 9 in the Top Ten Honorable Mentions category of the Indie International Songwriting Contest indieinternational.com (Folk/Acoustic).
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.