1. What were you doing before planting & pastoring Pace Community Church? I was pastoring a church near Gainesville Florida. BTW, I’m originally from this area. Even though I have moved away a couple of times, this is my home.
2. What kind of Bible do you use? For personal use, primarily the King James Version (KJV) because this is the one I cut my spiritual teeth on and I am most familiar with it. I also use the New International Version (NIV) and the New King James Version (NKJV) when teaching because it is much easier for people to follow along. I think all translations have their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Do you experience stage fright? No, not any more. When I first started preaching/teaching I would experience stage fright so bad that I would literally be sick for two/three days before the event. I would get nauseated, have butterflies in my stomach, and actually throw up. By the time I took the pulpit I would be weak in body and my mouth as dry as cotton. How I survived those days I will never know. But it’s not a problem any longer. I am totally relaxed and completely at home in front of my church family.
4. Do you offer counseling? Not very much. I’m not good at it. It’s very time consuming and produces limited results. Besides, in counseling sessions I usually find out more about people than I really need to know, which usually results in the person leaving our church. What I mean is, people are sometimes too revealing in sharing the intimate details of their life; and the more revealing they are, the more likely they will eventually leave our church because of embarrassment.
5. What do you do during the week? I know some people think pastors only work one day a week, but my week is always very busy and full…. to a fault. I spend a lot of time reading, studying, strategizing, and planning. I oversee and supervise a lot of things going on at PCC… too much really. I am also too deeply involved in numerous mundane tasks that I should have nothing to do with.
6. If you were not a pastor what you would be doing? I would be a movie star. What else?
7. How long are you planning to stay at Pace Community Church? If God will allow me, for the rest of my life or until I cease to be effective. I’m not looking for another church to go to. This is where I belong.
8. Do you eat corndogs? No. Never. Corndogs are cancer on a stick. I heard a medical doctor say that once, and it was good enough for me.
9. What’s your favorite place you’ve been to on a vacation? Without exception, the Rocky Mountains. Short of that, anywhere outdoors and away from urban areas & crowds of people.
10. How would you describe spiritual maturity? Maturity isn’t measured by how high you can lift your hands when you feel good, but by how straight you walk in obedience when you don’t.