Hey, there I wanted to tell you a little about myself. So here goes!
Together we have two children, Dalisha and Dale. Dalisha was wed on February 2015 to Josh Carter and resides in Hobart, Indiana. Josh and Dalisha have two sons, Micah, and Gabrien. They are expecting our new granddaughter, Macie Rae in July of 2016.
My son Dale is married to Shannon and they have two children, Ellanie and Zachary.
I was born November 27, 1959, in Great Yarmouth England, the oldest of 5 boys while his father was stationed there serving in the United States Air Force. His wife Lisa is a native of Northwest Indiana and has lived in this area most of her life.
I come from a long line of ministers dating back to my great-grandfather, who was a traveling preacher in Kentucky when the Pentecostal movement began. my grandfather was a minister. His brother James, my great uncle, served as Pastor in West Indianapolis Indiana Church of God. At one time, his church was the largest Church of God in Indiana. My other uncle, Dan Combs is a retired Church of God minister. My father served as a pastor in Michigan, New York, Indiana, Florida, and Arizona until he retired in Florida several years ago.
I attended Liberty University in Lynchburg VA. and graduated with a B.S in Religion and earned the honorable distinction of Magna Cume Laude. I went on to get a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Leadership at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in Lynchburg VA. I graduated with Highest Distinction (4.0 GPA). The final leg of my academic journey took place at Grand Canyon University, (Go Lopes)
where I received my Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership With Emphasis in Organizational Development.
I have served the Church of God denomination as District Youth Leader in the early 1980’s. I have served on the State Evangelism Board for one term, the Examining Board for one term, served as Leader of the Mentoring Group for the Northern District and served three terms on the Indiana Church of God State Council.
MY wife and I have served the Church of God in various capacities:
- Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor of Lake Station Church of God (aka) Jubilee Worship Center for 6 years
- Director of Child Care Development for the Glen park Church of God (aka) South Lake Church of God for one year
- Pastor at the Lafayette Church of God for 2 years
- Lead Pastor for Jubilee Worship Center beginning March of 1989
One of my greatest loves is actively serving the men and women of the Law Enforcement Community:
- Chaplain of the Lake Station Police Department (since 1994)
- Chaplain for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department (since 1998)
- Chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (since 1997)
- I am a graduate of the Porter County Reserve Academy, Valparaiso University Valparaiso Indiana, Top 10 in the class.
When I first came to Jubilee Worship Center, the congregation attendance was approximately 45 to 50 people. Today, our average attendance is over 300. In 2003, under our leadership, we relocated our congregation and constructed a beautiful 30,000 sqf.building. The Building sits on approximately 9 acres and today has a value of over 3 million dollars. It was constructed with the assistance of men in the congregation at a cost of 1.75 million dollars.
I love my church and the congregation at Jubilee Worship Center. it is an exciting place to worship and I believe we are one of the most enthusiastic ministries in our denomination and in the wonderful City of Hobart.