In 1971, Janet and I married and the Lord blessed our marriage with three children: Jeremy, Holly, and Janell. Ten years after we married, in November of 1981, the Lord called me to become the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX. While the church was housed in a large building, the congregation was small, in decline, and unable to maintain the property as needed. Grace supported a small group of missionaries at a meager amount by today's standards, and there were 12 adults in the only adult Sunday School class we offered when we first arrived.
Sometime after being at Grace, the church relocated and was renamed Arden Road Baptist Church. In the years that God allowed me to pastor the church, we watched as God blessed the ministry. The church grew from an average attendance of 93 in 1982 to a little over 500 each Sunday morning. Most importantly, over the 30 years of ministry at ARBC, we were able to see souls saved, baptized, and added to the church. We were blessed to see numerous people surrender to full-time service, attend bible college and enter full-time ministry.
In September, 2015, after 34 years of pastoring the church, I transitioned from from pastor into "retirement". The church was gracious enough to bestow upon me the title of Pastor Emeritus which means "earned his discharge". While the roles have obviously changed, Janet and I are still members of Arden Road Baptist Church and maintain a wonderful relationship with the church family and the new pastor, Aaron Denson. Pictured to the right is the Sunday we retired and Bro. Denson began the pastorate of ARBC.