As Senior Pastor of Mission my role is to help the rest of the staff fulfill their roles and responsibilities—whatever that includes, whatever that takes. I have only been on staff since 2010, although I’ve actually been connected to Chelten for over three decades.
You see, I was born and raised at Chelten Avenue Baptist Church in Philadelphia, but I returned to their current campus in my late twenties, becoming their Youth Pastor, then Missions Pastor through the 1980s. Although I have degrees in business, I eventually retooled for the ministry earning degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and Bethel Seminary of the East.
Since marrying the former Jacqueline Harkins in 1978, Jackie and I have enjoyed staying active with friends and family, including our four adult children, and ten grandchildren. And when I find the time, sports, yard work and reading books by Max Lucado, Tim Keller, and Ravi Zacharias are my hobbies. However, most of all, I desire to avail myself and others to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ (John 1:14).