Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas;
Present City: Woodway, Texas;
Education: First life (musician): Baylor, West Texas State, Arizona State. Second life (minister): Baylor, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Profession: Executive coach and consultant; Professor Emeritus of Music, Ouachita Baptist University
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Cindy, and I met at Baylor in the late ’70s. As you would expect, we met in a choir. We have two incredible daughters and four wonderful grandchildren who all live in Plano. They’re in kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade. We’re excited because this year is the only year they will all be in the same school building. My parents lived into their 90s before we lost them during the last decade. My older brother and his wife live in North Little Rock.
How about your work or volunteer life?
I’m retired from a first career as a music professor and dean and a second career as a minister in various roles in three different churches. Currently I work as a credentialed executive coach, working with ministers and academics. I’m also a deacon and chair the personnel committee for our church in Waco. There’s always plenty to do either in Waco or Dallas.
I love having lunch conversations.
What are your favorite places to travel?
I’ve had the privilege to travel to a lot of beautiful and interesting places. I’ve been to Europe more times than I can count. But my favorite place now is the Arkansas Ozarks. My wife and I have a small RV that we’re just getting started learning how to use. Last year we started doing overnights in Texas State Parks.
What brought you to Wilshire and when?
It started with a phone call from Timothy in February 2023. He wondered if I might be able to come and help out with Wilshire’s music ministry. I started in May.
Where are you engaged at Wilshire?
I’m the interim minister of music. I’m in and out of my Wilshire office during the week, traveling between Dallas and Waco.
What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
As you might expect, even after all my years of doing lots of different things, God is still teaching me how I might best be a steward of my time and gifts.
Something interesting most people would not know about you?
My summer job in college was working in an engineering office for the Arkansas Highway Department. If Baylor had had an engineering degree in the 1970s, I would probably be a retired engineer.
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